Afro-Latinos, Argentina, Chile, food, Uruguay

7 Ways South American Christmas Differs

Happy Nochebuena, or Christmas Eve! As in Spain, Nochebuena in South America is celebrated with family and a midnight dinner feast. Catholic traditions, mixed with indigenous and African cultures, have created many South American Christmas traditions that differ from celebrations in other countries. 1) For example, Nativity scenes of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus are more […]

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Afro-Latinos, Chile, Spanish Culture and Language

Afro-Chileans Hidden in Plain Sight

The year we lived in Chile, our friends talked about their mestizo heritage; combination of Spanish and Indigenous ethnicities. I’ve read recently about heritage groups like the Afro-Chilean Alliance, Oro Negro, Arica Negro and Lumbanga. I realized I know little about Afro-Chileans. Looking at history, free and enslaved Africans arrived in Chile beginning in 1536, […]

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