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TrudellRIP

TRUDELL_PRESENTEJohn Trudell, the activist, artist, actor, and poet who dedicated his life to Native American rights, land and language, walked on December 8. He was 69. [Mas…]


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Coca-Cola drops controversial Christmas video set in indigenous Mexico

Updated Thursday 7:20 PM PST DECEMBER 3, 2015.
Via The Guardian:

Company spokesman said it had not meant to insult anyone with ad showing Coke being handed out by light-skinned actors in community of Mixe people

A Coca-Cola Mexico spokesman apologised and said the company had pulled an online ad after it was deemed offensive to the country’s indigenous people by consumers, media and advocacy groups. [Mas…]


La Quirky, pocha shopping expert, discovers you can buy huaraches online. Who knew?

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maya codexThe meaning of the intricate and striking hieroglyphs of the ancient Mayans have resisted decoding for centuries, but now some scientists claim the secrets will soon be revealed.

Ancient Origins reports:

For hundreds of years, linguists have been trying to decode the ancient hieroglyphic script of the Mayans, left behind on monument carvings, painted pottery, and drawn in handmade bark-paper books. [Mas…]

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When a peasant in rural Argentina feels the Earth move, he leaves his lover to find out what’s going on. What he discovers is worse than he could possibly imagine.

quinoa2You won’t believe your eyes as quinoa, the miracle food of the Inca, ends up as mispronounced veggie burgers at Mickey D’s in Germany. Incas not included. No kale was exploited in the making of this video.

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Or, as they say in Deutschland: [Mas…]

Watch: Making pozol de cacao starting with dried corn and cocoa beans

by JEFE BOYARDEE August 31, 2015 Cultura
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El Pozol, una bebida típica del estado mexicano de Chiapas, está hecha a base de maíz, agua y azúcar. Hay de distintos sabores, uno de ellos es el cacao. // Pozol is a typical Mexican beverage, it is made with corn, water and sugar. Also, it can be prepared with cocoa.

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King of Pop’s ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’ in Quechua (video)

by Soy Capitan August 4, 2015 Cultura
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Michael Jackson’s music moonwalks like an Inca in The Way You Make Me Feel, performed in indigenous language Quechua by 14-year-old Peruvian Renata Flores Rivera. More like this? How about a mariachi and Spanglish-ish version of Get Lucky by Daft Punk?

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Monsanto is murdering the native maiz of Mexico (video trailer)

by Barney Asada June 8, 2015 Cultura
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The millenia-old native species of Mexican maiz are being forced from the Earth by GMO seeds foisted on growers by international food cartels like Monsanto. The trailer for the upcoming documentary Sunu takes a look at the problem.

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Santa Clara de Juarez, MX, the pueblo that lives on tortillas (video)

by MOSCA MEXICAN June 1, 2015 Cultura
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The 3000 indigenous residents of Santa Clara de Juarez make a living by making tortillas, starting with non-GMO corn they grow in their own fields. An Australian tortillero went to the town to document the process.

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La Cucaracha: The Aztecs — where are they now? (#TBT toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz March 19, 2015 Cartoons
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Mexico’s witches, brujas, shamans get down at Lake Catemaco (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés March 10, 2015 El Now
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Witches and sorcerers and brujas oh my gathered for Ritos, Ceremonias y Artesanias (Magical Rituals, Ceremonies and Handicrafts) at Lake Catemaco in Veracruz, Mexico early Saturday morning.

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A jade stone Zapotec Aztec Mayan skull whistle sounds like this (video)

by EDUARDO BURRO December 1, 2014 Cultura
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Musician Xavier Quijas Yxayotl blows a “death whistle” made from jade stone (Silvato de la Muerte hecho en Jade). A death whistle? Huh? Via the Oregon Flute store:

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The Geronimo Hotshots are on the front line of fire (video)

by Barney Asada November 14, 2014 Cultura
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“That’s what we want them to remember. ‘Those guys are Apaches. And they came in here and put the fire out.’” The Geronimo Hotshots are on the Front Line of Fire combines hot GoPro fire footage with interviews of the forest firefighters from the San Carlos Apache Reservation in southeastern Arizona.

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Not just team mascots! America’s hated on NDNs for years (toons)

by K. TONTO November 3, 2014 Cartoons
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It started long before sportsball team names and mascots. America’s been hatin’ on NDNs ever since they were “discovered” in 1492. Indian Country Today Media Network’s Christina Rose reports:

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Pre-Hispanic ingredients like bugs make Mexican food special (video)

by MOSCA MEXICAN October 16, 2014 Cultura
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Long before the European invasion, the original inhabitants of Mexico were making amazingly complex food and taking complete of advantage of every creature that flew, swam, wriggled or crawled. That’s right. We’re talking edible insects. Correspondent Aissa García reports from Mexico, DF for Conexión Global on Caracas, Venezuela network teleSUR:

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America’s favorite crying NDN? An Italian-American from Louisiana

by Moctezuma Cortés September 11, 2014 Cultura
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America’s favorite (crying) Indian actor, Iron Eyes Cody, was actually born Espera Oscar de Corti in rural Louisiana in 1904. His parents, Antonio de Corti and Francesca Salpietra, had emigrated from Sicily just a few years before. After his non-Native history was revealed late in his career, Iron Eyes Cody refused to admit the truth […]

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La Cucaracha: What’s today’s date on the Aztec Calendar? (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz September 9, 2014 Cartoons
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Pocho Ocho top Aztec deities we could sure use today

by Malcolm Mex August 22, 2014 Cultura
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In these troubled times, God[ess] knows, we could use some help from indigenous, culturally-appropriate deities. Here are the Pocho Ocho top Aztec gods we could sure use today: 8. Chingilipochtli, god of payback 7. Guautemoc, god of amazement and wonder 6. Spocktezuma, god of living long and prospering tambien

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How popcorn (hecho en Peru circa 4700 BCE) pops [video]

by MOSCA MEXICAN March 4, 2014 Cultura
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Popcorn — palomitas de maíz — was discovered-invented-perfected in Peru circa 4700 BCE, the very first domesticated corn product. Watch how the corn pops, up close and personal.

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Rebel Diaz: ‘I’m An Alien’ [music video]

by MOON GUAC September 4, 2013 Cultura
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From Chicago to the Bronx, Rebel Diaz makes music that fights racism and celebrates indigenous people. Is there something familiar about this song’s chorus? I’m An Alien includes a sample from Sting’s Englishman in New York. PREVIOUSLY ON NEW JACK CITY:

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Inca round-up of vicuña to gather ‘The Gold of the Andes’ (video)

by LIL BOPIP March 6, 2013 Cultura
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In the high desert of the Peruvian Andes, the descendants of the Inca form a human chain to perform the Chaccu, the ritual round-up and shearing of the wild vicuña.

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