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Indigenous Artisans From Mexico Use Xbox controller as Canvas

Virginia Isaad
Two worlds collided when Indigenous artisans came together to use a modern-day contraption as a canvas for their traditional artwork. Three groups of artisans representing the 68 Indigenous communities of Mexico worked to commemorate International Day of Indigenous Peoples through...
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First Indigenous Professor at University of Washington to Teach on Climate Change Introductory Course

Virginia Isaad
The University of Washington has hired its first indigenous faculty member to teach an introductory course on climate change. This comes nearly two years after the UW’s graduate school introduced their first indigenous studies program. Dr. Jessica Hernández is a transnational...
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‘Maya and the Three’ Animated Series Features All-Star Latinx Cast

Virginia Isaad
While we are making slow yet steady progress in Hollywood when it comes to Latinx representation,  in the world of animation there is still some progress to be made. The beloved Coco, Elena of Avalor, the first Latina Disney princess,...
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Natalie Diaz is First Latina Poet to Win Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Collection “Postcolonial Love Poem”

Virginia Isaad
We are 60 million strong in the U.S. but we are still celebrating Latinas making history in all industries, like when Colombian-American educator Juliana Urtubey became the first Latina since 2005 to be named National Teacher of the Year. Now...
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Zara and Anthropologie Accused of Cultural Appropriation, Mexico Asks for Support for Artisans

Virginia Isaad
Cultural appropriation of Latin America is unfortunately all too common in the U.S., most recently with the backlash Kendall Jenner received for the promotion of her new tequila. Retailers are also no stranger to appropriation claims and now Zara and...
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Rep. Deb Haaland Could Be first Native American Cabinet Secretary in U.S.

Virginia Isaad
President-Elect Joe Biden announced nominated New Mexico Representative Deb Haaland to serve as Secretary of the Interior in a historic move. If she’s confirmed by the Senate, she’ll be the first Native American to hold a cabinet secretary position. She’s...
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30 Things You May Not Know About the Indigenous Cultures of Latin America

V. Alexandra de F. Szoenyi
Indigenous culture is important, and often ignored part of Latinx identity. There are foods we eat, words we speak, and customs we follow to this day that we don’t even know are Native American in origin. While it is hard...
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Vogue Makes History with Indigenous Trans Woman on Cover

Virginia Isaad
For the first time in its more than 100 years in publication, Vogue México featured an Indigenous muxe on its cover with Estrella Vázquez, a 37-year-old indigenous Zapotec muxe dressed in a traditional huipil for their December issue.”Muxe”  is a...
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7 Positive Representations of Indigenous Communities We’re Proud of

Virginia Isaad
  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...
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Designer Works with Indigenous Mexican Artisans to Combat Cultural Appropriation

Virginia Isaad
Judging by viral stories on social media one might think cultural appropriation is a relatively recent problem but indigenous designs in fashion have been plagiarized so often that one Mexican designer is working to give artisans the credit they deserve....