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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Chile, history, Spanish Culture and Language

Chile’s Triumph of Democracy

¡Apruebo! I vote Yes! 7.5 million people turned out to voice their desire for a Chilean constitution based on democracy this past Sunday. 51% voted, despite the hurdle of the corona virus. The present Magna Carta of Chile was written and ratified by Dictator Pinochet in 1980. At the groundbreaking plebiscite on 25 October, 78% […]

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Chile, Nature, Spanish Culture and Language

Covid-19, Alpaca Your Bags

Chilean researchers discovered a potent resource in alpaca immune systems to use against the pandemic virus. An international team headed by Alejandro Rojas Fernández, head of the Medical Biotechnology Lab of the University Austral of Chile, published findings for developing and using alpaca antibodies to fight Covid-19. The unique proteins the researchers found, called HCAb, […]

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