El Frente Indígena de Organizaciones Binacionales (FIOB) has chosen new leadership according to this article. Leoncio Vásquez Santos, who has come up here before, is the new coordinator.
This painting was made by Daniel Barranco Garcia, part of the workshop Los Hijos de la Lluvia in Santiago Pinotepa Nacional, Oaxaca. The imagery represents the main cultures of Pinotepa and the Costa Chica, the indigenous Mixtec culture and the Afromexican culture.
Colonialism wrapped up in religion.
“When we ‘embraced’ this people group, that means they’re ours,” Neighbors says. “We’ve never shouldered that kind of responsibility before in a missions work. I’ll be honest with you. I lay in bed at night thinking, ‘If they’re going to be reached, it’s going to be through us.’ And that’s a heavy burden, but a good burden. We’ve got to do this.”
That’s some colonialist shit right there.
Calif. church finds ‘Embrace’ ministry 20 miles away in U.S. - Florida Baptist Witness
Normally we see the elite of the society, but here we can meet and appreciate the life and work of an ordinary person from the Mixtec culture.
Here’s another version of the same story I just linked, but this one is written by the daughter and has a photo.
Some recent immigrants avoid visits to Western doctors. Instead, they call on traditional healers who speak their language, use familiar medicinal plants, and share their cultures. As part of our ongoing series of first-person health profiles called “What?s Your Story?”, we hear from Juana Gomez, a Mixteca traditional healer from Oaxaca, Mexico. Her daughter, Johanna Gomez, helps to translate her story.
Serafina is an illegal migrant worker living in California when the police catch her and send her back to Mexico–without her three-year old daughter. Twelve years later, with a pair of silver barrettes her only tangible memory of Elvia, Serafina begins a harrowing journey back across the border to find her daughter. At the same time Elvia, now fifteen and pregnant, resolve…more