Posts tagged "indigenous"

In Chiapas, the pope brings his message to the indigenous

In Chiapas, the pope brings his message to the indigenous
In Mexico, Pope Francis spoke this weekend of the richness of the indigenous culture and the need for Mexico to honor its multiculturalism. The pope is on his way Monday to the southernmost Mexican state of Chiapas, where around one-third of the population is indigenous. And poverty in the state is more than 75 percent.... Read more »

Apocalypse Not! The Maya live on in Mexico

Apocalypse Not! The Maya live on in Mexico
If you are reading this, the world hasn’t ended. It’s 12-21-12 and some thought the Mayans predicted the end of the world for this day. But according to experts it actually meant the end of a calendar and the beginning of a new one called a baktun, or 144,000 days. In Mexico, where I am... Read more »

Día de los Muertos slideshow

Día de los Muertos slideshow
Día de los Muertos isn’t a time to mourn. But in Mexico more than 40,000 people have been killed since President Felipe Calderon took office in 2006 and launched a war against the drug cartels. All who have died for whatever reason are remembered and even celebrated on November 1 and 2, All Saints’ Day... Read more »
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Should we celebrate Columbus Day?

Ask most school children about Christopher Columbus. They’ll tell you Columbus “discovered” America. But how could he discover it if there were already indigenous cultures thriving in this hemisphere? You could say that Columbus’ “discovery” eventually led to the decimation of indigenous cultures, and that is not something we should celebrate. Many Latin American countries... Read more »