Drop the “Latino” and Re-Adopt the Indigenous Label for Indigenous People: This is Our Idle No More Movement

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Late last night, my father and I talked about how the term Latino mislabels Indigenous and mixed-Indigenous Mexicans, Ecuadorians, Puerto Rican, etc.. For a long time, he believed Latino and Hispanic correctly defined the Spanish-speaking mixed-Indigenous people of Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. His argument was, “We speak Spanish. We dance to Spanish music. We have Spanish names. We live in Spanish towns. That’s what makes us Latinos.”

As we crossed the George Washington Bridge, I looked at the Hudson River and wondered, Why is this so? Why would this make sense to us? I mean, it is true. We do speak Spanish and we practice Spanish culture fused with Indigenous and African elements. But we, my family, are also Indigenous. We come from a land that is governed by our Indigenous relatives. We have Indigenous ties that should not be overlooked. I thought hard about how to politely counter argue his…

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One response to “Drop the “Latino” and Re-Adopt the Indigenous Label for Indigenous People: This is Our Idle No More Movement

  1. Hola Comparte con mis Hermanos en Face Book parese que lo borran la Peticiones que hisimos insistimos en Compartir con nuestros Inmigrantes que son las Victimas de la Desinformacion de Medios de comunicacion.

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