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Cultural Anthropologist Dr. Gabriela Spears-Rico Matlatzinca

Dr. Gabriela Spears-Rico is an interdisciplinary cultural anthropologist with roots in the Matlatzinca community of Charo, Michoacán. She is an Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies and Chicano Latino Studies at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and can be reached at spearsrg@umn.edu

Recent stories by Dr. Gabriela Spears-Rico

Stories In Gratitude of All Yalitza Gives us Within the Limitations of Roma
I know what it’s like to grow up indigenous in a country and culture that does not embrace my features or skin-color. Coming of age in Michoacán and California, I was called names like ‘indita,’ ‘charilla’ and ‘oaxaquita’ – diminutive slurs meant to infantilize and demean indigenous people. As an anthropologist conducting fieldwork in Mexico, … Continued

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