A University of Idaho student organization, Movimiento Activist Social, will host its annual event El Color De Nuestra Tierra Saturday to showcase cultures in Latin America and to help lower stereotypes about Hispanics.
The event also known as The Color of Our Land will be held from 5-8 p.m. in the Student Union Building Ballroom. The event is free of charge to the public.
“We want to break the stereotypes that we commonly have, that when you think of someone that speaks Spanish, you automatically think that person is from Mexico,” said Hugo Araujo, MAS member. “We want to let them know that there are many more countries than just Mexico south of the border and they’re rich in culture and they all have something to share and something to say for themselves.”
From 5-6 p.m., the event will feature different types of Latin American foods and cultural workshops. The workshops will range from different activities to informational tables. From 6-8 p.m., the showcase will feature a variety of performances from
“We are celebrating the diversity of Latin America but also the diversity within each country of Latin America,” said Viviana Gonzalez, MAS member.
Araujo said they chose the name El Color De Nuestra Tierra to define and express the different colors and textures of each country
in Latin America.
“What I like most of El Color is definitely the information and the awareness to issues that I was not aware of,” Gonzalez said. “I think El Color does a great job of bringing awareness in the most unbiased and most neutral way.”
Gonzalez said she hopes the people who attend the event walk out with a greater curiosity for the issues that are presented, as well as, a different perspective
on Latin America.
“It’s not just a celebration of showing off dances and poetry and song but it’s very informative on current events and different issues. It’s something that you don’t see a lot in other cultural events,”
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