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A mountain of mashed potatoes, strange lights in the sky, and a mysterious five-note musical phrase mean life on Earth will never be the same after Close Encounters of the Latino Kind. [Video by Marlon Klug.]


Even if you didn’t know that the proper name for this waltz is Sobre las OlasOver the Waves en Ingles — we bet you recognize the melody. Right? It’s the song they play on merry-go-rounds! And it’s not by Johann Strauss, the waltz king. It’s by Mexican classical composer Juventino Rosas, and performed here by the London Symphony Orchestra.

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Before the 16th Century, chocolatl only existed as a bitter, foamy drink in Mesoamerica. How did we get from there to today’s chocolate candy bars? Deanna Pucciarelli traces the fascinating and often cruel history of chocolate.


Tonia Jo Hall has some words of encouragement in She’s that kind of woman. “Shout out to all the beautiful strong native women,” she writes: [Mas…]

La Cucaracha: It’s beginning to look a lot like tacos (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz November 21, 2016 Cartoons
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The few, the brave, the greedy: THE CORPORINES! (PSA)

by Lucida Grandé November 7, 2016 El Now
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Are you brave enough? Strong enough? Willing to fight to protect the profits of the rich and powerful? Consider signing up with newest branch of the service: THE CORPORINES! Active combat deployments available now in Standing Rock, North Dakota.

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There’s “news” and then there’s “real news” (toon)

by ERIC J. GARCIA October 19, 2016 Cartoons
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San Diego y TJ band PRAYERS represent for ‘Mexica’ (NSFW music video)

by Soy Capitan October 11, 2016 Cultura
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Striking footage shot at San Diego’s Chicano Park sets the stage in the dramatic new music video Mexica, so that alt-goth-punk-Chicano-rap duo PRAYERS can decolonize your mind with music. [NSFW F-bombs, etc.]

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Deja Vu: Columbus Day in North Dakota (toon)

by SERG HERNANDEZ October 10, 2016 Cartoons
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The face of Peru’s Lord of Sipán, 2000-year-old warrior-priest (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés September 29, 2016 Cultura
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The Lord of Sipan may have died 2000 years ago, but 3D reconstructions revealed last week have shown he looked just like his descendants — the indigenous peoples of the Andes today. Fom The Daily Mail: The skull of one of the most famous archaeological finds of the twentieth century has been reconstructed using 3D […]

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I Stand with Standing Rock! (toon)

by JUNCO CANCHÉ September 26, 2016 Cartoons
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Pocho Ocho Top Ways to Decolonize Your Diet

by Especial Correspondents September 7, 2016 Cultura
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Decolonizing your diet is more than a trendy Chicanx meme, it’s a book, and a chingon idea. If you want to just say “No!” to the comida of the Conquistadors and eat what Tlaloc intended — the authentic food of your ancestors — here are the Pocho Ocho Top Ways to Decolonize Your Diet: 8. […]

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What’s that smell? Is somebody roasting Hatch Chiles? (video)

by Barney Asada August 15, 2016 Cultura
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It’s that time of the year — Hatch Chile Season.

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POCHO HISTORY 101: Los Pachucos Indigenas (toon)

by JAKE PRENDEZ July 28, 2016 Cartoons
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[You can see lots more from JAKE PRENDEZ — and buy prints — at his website.]

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Ask your doctor if Slapping NDN Medicine Man is right for you (video)

by Especial Correspondents July 18, 2016 Cultura
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When the White Man’s medicine isn’t working,it’s time to see the Slapping Medicine Man. Video by The 1491s. PREVIOUSLY ON THE 1491s

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Native American population almost back to pre-Columbian levels

by Especial Correspondents May 20, 2016 Cultura
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Samuel W. Bennett’s GET DATA website features charts/graphs and infographics about current events, sports, news, culture, and history. We thought this log-scale graph of the native (in red, of course) and white population in the U.S. was fascinating, sad, and maybe, just maybe, encouraging. His description: After disease and war decimated the Native American population […]

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Star Trek Native America: The Prime Directive (mostly SFW video)

by DARMAK N. JALAD April 11, 2016 Cultura
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What happens when indigenous Star Fleet Captain James T. Kirk violates the Prime Directive? Will he create an alternative universe? (Caution: one “adult” word.) Let’s tune in…. Caution May Contain Nuts: AlterNative Universe   PREVIOUSLY ON STAR TREK:

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The unlikely history of the aguacate aka avocado (video)

by MOSCA MEXICAN April 4, 2016 Cultura
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The Meso-American aguacate (renamed avocado by Spanish invaders) is a prehistoric fruit that shouldn’t even be around today, all because it’s a tough nut to swallow. The Science Show breaks it down. PREVIOUSLY ON AVOCADOS:

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NDN Activist John Trudell RIP (toon)

by ERIC J. GARCIA December 18, 2015 Cartoons
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John Trudell, Native activist and poet, walks on (toon, video)

by JUNCO CANCHÉ December 11, 2015 Cartoons
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John 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.

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