Monthly Archives: March 2013

El Cuarto del Rescate (aka The Ransom Room)

Room; Cajamarca, Peru AD 1532-1533 (El Cuarto del Rescate; courtesy of turismoi.pe) In Cajamarca, Peru, there is a room known as El Cuarto del Rescate (which translates  roughly to “The Ransom Room” in English). It measures about 22 feet by 18 feet, and the room is about 15 feet high. The room was used as […]

Aónikenk Bola

Hunting weapon from Patagonia, Argentina, around 1900 The dry, scrub covered plateau of Patagonia composed of deserts and grasslands is bordered by the Colorado River on the north, the Strait of Magellan on the south, the vast Atlantic Ocean on the east and the high peaks of the Patagonian Andes on the west. It covers […]

Che Guevara’s Diary

Time frame: Current; Description: Che Guevara’s diary of his experiences from landing on the coast of Cuba in December 1956 to when the rebels declared victory in January 1959. Che Guevara kept a series of diaries of experiences throughout his life. These books were previously thought to have been lost, but as of 2011, researchers […]

I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala (1983)

‘”My story,’ Rigoberta Menchu quoted as saying by way of introduction, ‘is the story of all poor Guatemalans”’. I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala was published in 1983. In Menchu’s novel, the hardships of living in Guatemala as a native Indian person is retold; she emphasizes the tensions between European immigrant descents and […]

Indian Warrior (1931)

Portable mural based on section of mural in the Palacio de Cortes, Cuernavaca, Mexico (actual mural made in 1930) On December 22, 1931, this painting was presented to an American audience in the Museum of a Modern Art, a museum in New York City that at the time was only two years old. It was […]

Graffiti of Che Guevara

Cuba, Modern day The iconic photograph of Che Guevara, an Argentinian leader of guerrilla warfare in the Cuban revolution (1956-1959), has been reproduced for years on t-shirts, murals, album covers, and ice cream wrappers. The original photograph, captured in March of 1960 by Alberto Korda, has become more famous after Che’s death than he ever […]

Figurine of Yemanjá

Brazil, 2011 When thinking about Latin America, the Roman Catholic Church is often considered the major religious influence. However, different immigrant and indigenous groups have often maintained their own beliefs despite this. One example is the traditional African religions brought across the Atlantic, which have been retained and adapted throughout generations while taking on unique […]