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Welcome to the Pachaysana Blog. We open this space to further the dialogue on many themes related to our work in community development and international education. We will post 1 or 2 times a month and would love to hear your thoughts, so please reply and offer comments or questions.


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The "Covering" of America

This post was originally shared on our Facebook page, which we encourage you to visit and follow. Having lived in Ecuador for the better part of 16 years, I like to use October as an opportunity to reflect on my national identity and question why the United States is so committed to the “discovery of America.” This year has been exceptionally challenging for me, for it is the first time I have been physically present in the United States during Columbus Day in many years. (Andres Alvarado, of the Kichwa community of Tzawata, doing traditional dance in the Plaza de Teatro in Quito, with Isaac Peñaherrera of Nina Shunku accompanying him on the drum.) My Ecuadorian friends often ask me, “Why do

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