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15 Instances Where Indigenous Style Has Been Appropriated and Uncredited

Whether you understand it fully or not, cultural appropriation is a real thing and a real problem. The Cambridge Dictionary, defines it as “the act of taking or using things from a culture that is not your own, especially without showing that you understand or respect this culture.” And a lot of times, it is…

Columbus Day Will Be Indigenous People’s Day in D.C. This Year and It’s About Time

As of this coming Monday, Washington D.C. will now recognize October 14 as Indigenous People’s Day instead of Columbus Day under a bill the D.C. council approved on Tuesday. The new legislation recognizes, acknowledges, and celebrates the contributions of Native Americans while challenging the idea that Christopher Columbus “discovered” America. More and more states and…

7 Positive Representations of Indigenous Communities We’re Proud of

The indigenous community has historically been overlooked and dehumanized but now more than ever they are getting the attention and respect they deserve. With icons like Yalitza Aparicio and activists like Amazonian female Chief Nazaré bringing the indigenous community front and center, their work is getting international attention. But these women are just two examples…

Yalitza Aparicio Named UN’s Goodwill Ambassador for Indigenous Peoples

In the year that Yalitza Aparicio entered the spotlight, she has given people much more than her talent. As the star of Roma, the 25-year-old actress and Academy Award nominee shed light on domestic workers. The former school teacher also put the beautiful city of Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, on the map and more importantly, informed the…

Vogue Mexico Honors Indigenous Women for Its 20th Anniversary Cover

For the past twenty years, Vogue México y Latinoamérica has brought high fashion to the masses — but only recently have they made a dramatic and poignant shift. Late last year, they put Roma actress, Yalitza Aparicio, on the cover of its magazine, and the response was palpable. Now, on the magazine’s 20th-anniversary cover, they are…

Paraguay’s Indigenous Maka People Elect First Female Leader

Following the death of their long-time leader Andrés Chemei, the Maka people selected his widow Tsiweyenki as their new chief though traditionally the role is passed down from father to son. Chemei was a respected leader for 40 years but without an heir (they have three daughters) the 68-year-old Tsiweyenki became one of the first…

This California Radio Station Is All About Protecting Indigenous Culture

Ventura County sits just above the Los Angeles area and below Santa Barbara. It’s a gorgeous place that is made up of beaches, mountains, and fields. It’s also home to 20,000 indigenous Oaxacan people who have planted their roots there since the 1970s. These people work there, go to school there, and cultivate the sprawling…

How One Vegan Chef Uses Indigenous Ingredients to Decolonize Mexican Food

Chef Denise Vallejo is proud of her indigenous roots and she’s showing it by taking Mexican recipes and reintroducing them with a vegan twist that incorporates ancestral ingredients. Through her mobile kitchen, Alchemy Organica, she’s ushering a movement for people to “decolonize their diet,” turning the idea of meat-heavy Mexican cuisine on its head by…

15 Indigenous Foods That Have Gone Mainstream

Foodies are always looking for the next big thing in food: The newest discovery, the hidden gem, and the tastiest obscure options. Health nuts quickly jump from one superfood to the next, claiming each is the key to great health and longevity. But while foods are being Columbused, we often forget these foods now deemed…