You may or may not be surprised at the things Indigenous people with Mayan, Aztec and other Indigenous roots from Mexico, Central and South America have to tolerate when it comes to stereotyping. Much like the beads and feather complex people seem to have when they stereotype Natives from the U.S., these Indigenous communities, which also includes Natives from the Caribbean, often deal with misconceptions about their heritage and culture. As the stores start to fill up with Native-themed costumes and accessories for Halloween, we take a look at what Indigenous nations south of the U.S. have to say about stereotypes. Can education change how people treat them and their culture? What kinds of questionable cultural appropriations from these Indigenous populations also need to be called out, analyzed or stopped?
Michael Heralda (Mexican/Apache/Spanish) – storytellers and cultural presenter
Ingrid Sub Cuc (Mayan) – program assistant, Cultural Survival
Emmanuelle “Neza” Leal-Santillan – organizer with the Media Literacy Project