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In San Pablito, a small village in Puebla, in southeast Mexico, the centuries-old tradition of amate paper — paper made from bark — is an important part of the local economy. It also used to part of the resistance to Spanish colonial rule.

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Raza Comida is your source for traditional cuisine with a modern flair, like the new and delicious Sunday morning menudo pops. [Audio via our friends @ Librotraficante.. Check out Tony and friends tonight on the radiola!]


In the southwestern Mexican state of Michoacan, the Hernandez Garcia family takes local clay and water and transforms it into stunning glazed pottery, just like their ancestors before them. [Video by Mariano Rentería Garnica.]


Mexican Handcraft Masters/COPPER from Mariano Rentería Garnica shows Abono Punzo and his crew hard at work making beautiful, functional artifacts from waste copper in Santa Clara del Cobre, Michoacan.


A Prickly Subject is a poetic account of a woman who is grappling with the decision of whether or not she should embrace her body hair in public. [Video by Helen Plumb.]


First, Mexicans from just over the border brought tamales to the fertile Mississippi Delta. African-Americans soon realized the Mexicans had a good thing going in these little, corn-husk-wrapped magical meat pies. And, sure enough, area whites realized the masa miracles weren’t just for people of color anymore. And that’s why Mississippi loves tamales. Yes, we know proper Spanish means it is one tamal, two tamales. But we’re not proper Spanish speakers, or proper anything, actually.

If Latina moms were docs, checkups would be like this (video)

by Comic Saenz January 19, 2018 Cultura
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What if real doctors took their cues from the remedios used by Latina moms? It might look something like this….

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This image of a ‘Tamalada’ is in the Smithsonian collection (toon)

by HABLO PICASSO December 19, 2017 Cartoons
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Tamalada, a lithograph by Chicana artist Carmen Lomas Garza, is in the collection of the Smithsonian. Looks sorta like your family, right, primo?

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A two-year old’s Chicano Christmas

by FRANK SOLIS November 28, 2017 Cultura
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You’re not going to believe this, but I was born sitting at the kitchen table with a tamale already in hand. Of course, some say, that I was born on a pool table, but that’s another story. I still remember the hogs head simmering in a pot as my uncle Louie and his buddies sat […]

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This one family has been making piñatas for 50 years (video)

by Bronco del Camino November 27, 2017 Cultura
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On the outskirts of Mexico City, over 50 years ago, a family began making and selling piñatas to the local community. Nowadays, the whole town is involved. The Piñata King takes a look inside the life of this town, and the head of the family who started it all.

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POCHO’s @SaraChicaD says ‘Happy Mexican Sansgiven!’ (video)

by Sara Inés Calderón November 23, 2017 Cultura
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POCHO’s Subcommandanta del Ñews, Sara Inés Calderón, shares everything you need to know about Sansgiven, the Mexican Thanksgiving. She’s @SaraChicaD on the Twitter.

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First Person True Story: My Holiday at the Laundromat

by FRANKIE FIRME November 20, 2017 Cultura

Happy holidays to all. Turkey, ham, tamales, eggnog y todo, this is the time of the year where you put a lot of stuff “on hold” till next year, while we get together with familia and friends. It’s a beautiful time of the year, where putting something on the back burner for awhile isn’t such […]

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Viva Manteca! Lard: It’s what’s for dinner (and trendy oils cause cancer)

by Barney Asada September 29, 2017 Cultura
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Hey, Millennials, you need more lard in your diet. And beef tallow. What? Animal fats are good for you and trendy oils can cause cancer! That’s the pitch from Coast Packing Company which we found by following Ernest Miller’s Tweet up there ^^^ with the tacos. Here’s a screencap featuring manteca and tacos from their […]

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Latino USA: If You Give a Toddler a Tortilla (NPR audio)

by Especial Correspondents July 31, 2017 Audio
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She just wants to prepare some home made flour tortillas with her baby girl just like she did with her own mom. What’s the big deal? NPR’s LatinoUSA explains: April Salazar longs to make her Grandma Alice’s tortillas with her daughter. It is the same tortilla recipe her grandmother’s mother made in Baja California and […]

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Molé is the mero mero magical mezcla madre (video)

by Verdana Bold June 29, 2017 Cultura
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An energetic dreamscape captures Mexico’s passion for molé, a signature celebration dish, through the eyes of Mexican chef Enrique Olvera.

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It’s in Spring in Teotihuacán: Let’s play (Mesoamerican) ball! (video)

by BARRY GUDTUME April 19, 2017 Cultura
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Mexicans organized and participated in a national championship for the Mesoamerican Ballgame in Teotihuacán, the pre-Hispanic city outside of Mexico DF, on Saturday, Euronews reports. “The pre-Colombian Mesoamerican Ballgame dates back to around 1500 BCE.”

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If you need a hat AND cabeza de vaca, this mercado is for you (video)

by Barney Asada March 27, 2017 Cultura
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You can get anything you want at a traditional Mexican mercado like this one in downtown Mazatlán. [Video by Robert Ellis.]

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The Pocho Ocho craziest cosas we found in our 2017 Rosca de Reyes

by Especial Correspondents January 6, 2017 Cultura
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Today is Three Kings Day, Dia de Los Reyes Magos, AKA Epiphany, the day when Los Tres Reyes dropped by the manger to gift up the original Anchor Baby, El Baby Jesus. Check out the Pocho Ocho Craziest Things we found in the Rosca de Reyes here at the POCHO world headquarters: 8. Rosca’s Chicken and […]

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Student Video: ‘Making tamales with Yamelith’ (and her mom)

by JEFE BOYARDEE December 2, 2016 Cultura
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We bet this looks familiar! Yamelith made tamales with her mom over the Thanksgiving weekend and shared her experience in this student video, uploaded by the Charles W. Harris School in Phoenix, AZ.

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La Cucaracha: It’s a gentrified day in the neighborhood (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz November 28, 2016 Cartoons
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‘Happy Asian Thanksgiving’ from the Fung Brothers (video)

by WONG GUEY November 24, 2016 Cultura
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American children of immigrants are all the same when it comes to dealing with Thanksgiving. Y digamos: “Amén​​.”

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POCHO’s @SaraChicaD wishes you a Happy Mexican Sansgiven (video)

by Sara Inés Calderón November 22, 2016 Cultura
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POCHO’s Subcommandanta del Ñews, Sara Inés Calderón, shares everything you need to know about Sansgiven, the Mexican Thanksgiving. She’s @SaraChicaD on the Twitter.

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¡Viva Calaca! It’s the Day of the Dead! (Voltaire music video)

by Soy Capitan November 1, 2016 Cartoons
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The dead not only CAN dance, but they DO dance in Viva Calaca, an animated short based on the Voltaire tune from 2007. [Video by Ritxi Ostáriz.]

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Tia Lencha: What pochos need to know about El Dia de Los Muertos

by TIA LENCHA October 31, 2016 Cultura
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Happy Day of the Dead! Is Tia Lencha here. Many people ask me questions about Dia de Los Muertos. I answer the questions today. Question numero one: Tia Lencha wass this Dia de los Muertos? Is it the Mexican Halloween? Gwell, kind of, I say. Except that the Day of the Dead celebrations come from […]

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