MESTIZ@ Indigen@ Tag

Inktober 2018 – Berta Cáceres

Berta Cáceres was an activist, mother, and daughter from Honduras. She was an activist because she looked out for the rights of indigenous people (The Lenca) in Honduras, the land that indigenous people were born to, the environment, and queer peoples. Berta was an organizer and co-founded the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations which protected indigenous folks and the land in Honduras against corporations who sought to dam it, mine it, and cut it down for profit. Along with many activists and regular people she fought the Honduran military, Chinese and US based corporations/govt involvement in building dams and destabilizing the Honduran government. She received many death threats, then she was assassinated in 2016 in her home even though she appealed for protection. Before she was killed she received an award called the Goldman Prize, a prestigious award for environmental justice. 
I draw her to keep her memory alive as so many other artists have. Salute to her and the activists from the Dakota Access Pipeline to Honduras fighting to protect indigenous peoples and the earth. After all the oil, water, trees, minerals, and land has been used up-will we be able to eat money?
Sources: Democracy Now, Guardian UK, Wikipedia

Inktober 1 -2018 LEE Quiniones



For those who don’t recognize this guy. This is the one and only “LEE” or Lee Quinoines from NYC, one of my favorite artists of all time, a pioneer in Graf styles, and the subject of the 80s film Wild Style. 
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Inktober 6 – Breakbeat Lou

Lou Flores and Lenny Roberts are the creators and pioneers of “Ultimate Breakbeats” or UBB. When I was a kid the art on the covers attracted me and through them I got clues to what my mom used to say whenever I played a record she recognized. If it wasn’t for this man, so many dj’s wouldn’t know the fundamental and odd breaks that hip hop was founded upon. In fact many of the greatest hip hop records sampled Lou’s edits of old funk, rock, or soul songs to create their songs. Much love to you Lou! Lou is not only a collector, digger, but he also djs and made a resurgence in the public eye in the past 5-6 years. Follow @breakbeatlou . Your mom would be proud of you bro. Thx for your immense contribution to the culture. I still got mine! 


Sources: Youtube, Ultimate Breaks & Beats


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Inktober 5 – Lidia Huayllas

Lidia is a Cholita from Bolivia. She and several women have scaled some of the largest mountains in the Andes region (Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador). Lidia worked as a cook at the base of mountains to help other climbers and tourists. One day after asking her husband what the top of the mountain was like. He told her to go find out and she did. The mountains they have climbed are over 19,000 feet tall.
Lidia is one of the Aymara, an indigenous people from Bolivia. The Cholitas like many indigenous peoples in the Americas were looked down upon. But when Bolivia got its first indigenous president Evo Morales folks started to give them more respect. Along with the fighting Cholita wrestlers, they have been getting more respect.

Sources: Telesur, National Geographic, AJ plus

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Inktober 4 – Joe Conzo



Joe is one of the most OG photographers from the Bronx to document the early days of hip hop culture. It is proof from his photos too that Latinos have always been there since the foundation of mcing, djing, etc. Joe who for many years was a fire fighter, struggled w/addiction developed a love for photography as a teen and went to park jams, knew some of the pioneers personally so he got some up close photos, and was often taking shots of Salsa and Jazz musicians of the time. Besides photographing famous musicians, he also has lent his eye to social issues and his photos have been featured in books, films, documentaries, and countless articles. In many ways he showed there was love, creativity, and resilience among Black and Brown communities of NYC while the city was neglecting the people. Peep more at www.JoeConzo.com or follow him @joeconzo Respect Joe!! 


Sources: JoeConzo.com, Youtube


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Inktober 17 – Sheila-E

Born and raised in Oakland and one of the best musicians to come out of the Bay, Sheila has recorded many albums as a band leader and as a collaborator with other musicians. She has been performing since she was in elementary school and has toured the world playing music that is influenced by funk, jazz, salsa, country, and hip hop. She is a treasure to the Bay Area and is not only still playing, but is giving back by mentoring younger musicians and giving to music programs in schools. Some of the notable artists she has worked with are George Duke, Herbie Hancock, her dad Pete Escevedo, Marvin Gayem Gloria Estefan, Prince, and Beyonce. She is one of the best drummers in the world and plays multiple instruments. This is one of her playing the “timbales”.

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Inktober 16 – The Royal Jesters

The Royal Jesters I found through Madlib. Chicanos have always had soul. Influenced by African American musicians of the 50’s and 60’s many Latinos (men and women) began to form groups in California and Texas. One of the gems of the 60s is the “Royal Jesters” a band from San Antonio Texas. Some of their hits in english and spanish are “I won’t love you”, “Wisdom of a fool”, “You succeeded” and “Yo Soy Chicano”. Check out the reissue of their works on the Numero Group label called “English oldies”.

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Inktober 15 – Indigena

Indigena, meaning a woman who is indigenous to the land. I guess it could be a woman from any where in the world. But I’m referring to women from the Americas, Las Indigenas.

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Inktober 14 – Raza

EDIT 2020 


New sticker with the phrase “RAZA” which means meany things to different people. Simply put, it means “The People”, gente, your folks, your family, and for many people it means a mixture of races/peoples that make up one. People who come from Indigenous, African, and European blood-mixed together through conquest, slavery, and some many other factors. I first heard the term “La Raza” from MC Kid Frost from LA, then from my Chican@ studies teacher Maestra Luna in high school. Often in protests or you’ll see the term because this is a group of people who both know their whole identity and have had it erased. Some people call themselves Indigenous, Hispanic, Latino/a, Spanish, or Latinx. Whatever term you use just know the story behind it.

José Vasconcelos came up with this term in 1925 in his piece “La Raza Cosmica”. What I wrote below is not actually correct. But I keep it on here because…growth.

Raza. Simply or more complexly meaning “the race”. The human race? Not really. More like the race of Latinos, the mixture, pride, love, and history all in one. I don’t know the root of the word and where it came from but I remember the first, second and most recent time I heard it. The first was from an MC known as Frost from L.A. (I grew up in Northern Cali-hanging mostly w/ African American kids until jr. high and high school) The second was from a beautiful teacher that I had a crush on in high school named “Ms Luna” who described it with a smile. Mot recently I heard it in the lyrics of Bay Area MC Deuce Eclipse in the song “Que Pasa?” Can you remember the first time you heard this term? I know its more of a west coast thing, but I’d call myself Raza any day over “Spanish”. I might have some traces in my blood but I am not Spanish.

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Inktober 13 – Mestizo

Mestizo is a word that was created to describe the mixture of Native indigenous peoples from the Americas and the caribbean and Europeans. Most of the time this was done through rape figuratively and literally. Some people use the word to mean a mix between black and white, or dark and light skinned Latinos. I just take it to mean “mixed” because Latinxs come from African, Indigenous, and European roots and traditions; some more than others. But its all mixed in there.

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