Embracing My Indigeneity

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Reconnecting with my indigeneity.

For the past few years, I have actively been reconnecting with my Zapotec roots, traditions, and culture.

It is been an ongoing process and not an easy one, to say the least. Growing up in a predominantly Latinx community, more specifically Mexican, my family and I faced discrimination from our own community simply for being Oaxacan. Seeing the hate my “supposed” community had towards my family made me neglect a part of myself and feel ashamed for being indigenous throughout my childhood and young adulthood.

As much as I would like to say I was never ashamed, realistically that wasn’t the case. Unfortunately, it is a reality for many of my indigenous peers, myself included, which is why I think it’s time I speak my truth and continue to take the necessary steps to connect and fully embrace my indigenity.

Through this platform, I hope to tell my story and take you all on my journey of reconnecting. I am extremely thankful for the privileges I have had to get to the point where I am today, and I hope to shed light on a complex issue within the Latinx community that often gets overlooked.

With that said, I may not be where I want to be, but one thing is for sure: I am a proud Oaxaqueña.