MESTIZO

In Ecuador, the last census in 2010 showed that 71.9% of the population self-identify as mestizo. Nevertheless, a racist past and present continue to whitewash our mestizaje through language, exotification, and otherness. At the moment, the archive contains photos of mestizo children, friends, family and myself dressed in traditional indigenous clothes and personal lists of kichwa words. Most photos were brought about by a tradition in urban schools to teach about the mestizaje and plurinationality by having kids dressed for one day showcasing ponchos,  hats, and braids, skirts for the girls,. Most of these just replicate the stereotypical image of a native from the Andes and end up homogenizing the indigenous identity. The word-lists, vary in length and show which terms are most commonly used, like Tayta (father) or wawa (baby), our relation or lack of one with our ancestral language.