Two small boys attempt to display gang signs, likely MS-13, in the downtown tourist area of San Marcos. Though true gang activity is not in San Marcos, the lack of employment opportunity for young Maya men in this community has spurred gang graffiti and sporadic violence. They are more “pretenders” than anything, though this is how true gangs begin to infiltrate areas as rural as SM.
I did a thing recently, an important thing in my opinion, did you know that a leading cause of death for women during pregnancy and within 12 months of the end of pregnancy is suicide. (In QLD)
Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander women have a higher incident of maternal death compared to other Australian women.
When I came across that statistic I wanted to arm myself with anything that might improve my awareness when meeting new mothers.
I dusted off my mum brain + completed this accreditation.
Having this qualification knowing how many mother's I meet gives me a deep connection with mental health awareness + the skill set to offer initial support to adults who are developing a mental illness or are experiencing a mental health crisis.
“Failure is as important as success. Use every moment as a learning moment and be all of those things that girls aren't supposed to be: stubborn, impatient, passionate, opinionated, aggressive, bitchy. Balance the sugar with the spice and learn how to say "no." Embrace your truth, whatever it might be in the moment. Most importantly, be kind to yourself — the world will treat you the way you treat yourself, will view you the way you view yourself.” @ungiedavila creator of La Loca Magazine and co-producer of @rockabillyontheroute 〰️ read her full story via link in our profile. Pictured Eddie Brewer and Holly Rebelle by @udavilaphotography
✨for a huge chunk of my childhood i was a professional gymnast, did the whole city/state/nationals thing for a while. handstands like the splits or bridges were part of my every day, in fact i probably spent more time upside than sitting. this often makes my mental practice challenging. i often find myself comparing my body now & it’s ability to when I was a gymnast. while it happens less & less these days, this Taurus season has been reminding me to ground back into my present body, cherish, & savor the beautiful & graceful (or not so graceful ways) my body moves #indigenoushealth#indigenouswomen#upside#heartopeners#lovingmyself#feelingmyself#handstand#girlswithshavedheads
UNGELBAH DAVILA | “There is no word for "feminism" in Diné, as there was never a need for it. While I think feminism is of great value in our world and I'm surely considered a feminist, in terms of following an ideology I just strive to be authentic to myself as a human being and storyteller, the way I imagine women did in traditional societies. My first instinct is to act in a way that serves the community/family and then serves the integrity of my spirit.” @ungiedavila - New Mexico based photographer, writer and designer in our arts issue. Full story via the link in our bio.
From the wise Two-spirit @indigenousunity - There are so many other terms not here, not just tribes but other things we are called. Mestizo, Nican Tlaca, Spic, Hebrew, Moor, Israelite, Pocho, Joto, Xicanx etc. I know of some Mexicans (mestizx) who say the only reason they’re native is because they have a little Apache blood in them. I know of people who claim Mexica (Aztec) or Maya when in reality they come from a different group. My mother claims Cherokee for her native identity, while she’s Mestiza Mexican American. The video I posted a week ago of the brown/indigenous people in Mexico calling themselves white black and Asian because they don’t realize their roots and history.
Some of these terms are derogatory while others are being reclaimed. Some of the terms homogenize us, others were created for a sense of unity. If we disagree with our people who may use or identify with one of these terms, all we can do is educate them about why. We still should show support and inclusiveness to our people whether they realize they are native or not. Which is why I still follow people that use the terms Hispanic and Latino. Self identity takes time to develop and growing up believing one thing can be challenging to undo. I think the fastest most efficient way to expedite this in our community is to bridge the gaps of knowledge and understanding between natives above and below the Mexican/US border.