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    One mestizo, one DNA test, and my origins

    By - 15 de April de 2014, 7:16 am

    Francisca Llao Pallali, A Mapuche traditional educator at Tranamán Intercultural School in Chile's La Araucanía region.

    CHILE | Francisca Llao Pallali, A Mapuche traditional educator at Tranamán Intercultural School in Chile’s La Araucanía region.

    According to Unicef there are 29 million indigenous people in Latin America.

    Indigenous peoples represent 6 per cent of the population of Latin America;  mestizos, afro-descendants, whites, and other races represent the other 94 per cent. The vast majority of us are mestizos, a mixed race of Spaniards and Indigenous.

    Indigenous people face a lot of difficulties. In countries like Guatemala, where 40 per cent of the total population is indigenous, high rates of poverty, illiteracy and low levels of schooling affect them. Ironically, as Mestizos, we don’t always know how to interact with indigenous populations. We know very little about their traditions and exoticize them as if they were characters from a fairy tale.  Sometimes we just discriminate against them.

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