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9 Films About Indigenous LATAM History You Need to Watch

Sofía Aguilar
It’s Native American Heritage Month and while we should always be uplifting Indigenous voices, this is a dedicated time of the year for all of us to educate ourselves about the land we’re currently occupying and its original Indigenous occupants...
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11 Books to Understand the Indigenous History of LATAM

Sofía Aguilar
Every November, we celebrate Native American Heritage Month, a month-long recognition of the Indigenous peoples of the Americas who are given a platform to share their cultures, traditions, literature, and more. While we should be supporting Indigenous people all year...
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Nury Martinez Controversy Spotlights Anti-Indigeneity & Racism in Latinx Community

Virginia Isaad
In the wake of the anti-Indigenous and racist comments made by former Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez, the impact is still felt within the communities affected. Martinez resigned as president on Monday, Oct. 10, after spending nearly 10...
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Yalitza Aparicio Defends Choice to Wear Designer Clothes as Indigenous Woman

Sofía Aguilar
Indigenous peoples everywhere have faced microaggressions and criticism from non-natives for centuries but actress Yalitza Aparicio has been at the forefront since her acting debut in the Oscar-nominated 2018 film Roma. The daughter of Indigenous parents from the Mixtec and...
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French Fashion Label Sézane Used Imagery of Indigenous Woman Without Paying Her

Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
Capitalizing on the labor and image of Indigenous people is unfortunately not a rare occurrence with major brands often using Indigenous culture to promote their products.  Popular French fashion label, Sézane, has come under fire for reportedly intending to use...
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9 TikTokers Who Are Shining a Light on the Indigenous Culture

Nicole Young
Indigenous content creators are taking over TikTok to raise awareness about issues affecting their communities and culture. They are sharing their own personal journeys with their Indigenous identities and cultural history with the world. Creators like Juan Guerreo Maya showcase...
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How I Learned About and Honor my Indigenous Roots in Mexico

Virginia Isaad
As a child, one of many truths I struggled to understand about both sides of my family, and about myself, was the constant mixture and conflict of our identities. Being a mixed-race person of European, specifically Spanish, and Indigenous descent,...
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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...