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Q’opoj Tz’olojyá

Translated as “Young lady of Solola” or “Beauty of Solola” is a tradition that has been preserved for over 40 years in the department of Solola, Guatemala. It is not a beauty contest rather a competitive recognition of the strongest and well-rounded Indigenous women of Solola. The cultural event Q’opoj Tz’olojya’ takes place every July in the city of Solola where between 15-20 young Indigenous women compete to prove they are the most knowledgeable about their language, dancing, and traditions, as well as events and issues effecting their communities.

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UMass Boston’s Institute for New England Native American Studies (INENAS) and Suffolk University Law School’s Indigenous Peoples Rights Clinic are pleased to announce a year-long, statewide project, Massachusetts Native Peoples and the Social Contract: A Reassessment for Our Times. Supported by a grant from Mass Humanities, the two organizations will host four roundtable discussions and listening sessions in areas of the state with substantial Native American populations.

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Indigenous Rights Radio Launches at UN Permanent Forum 2015

’’It’s a powerful means of communication because all of us come from a culture of storytelling.’’

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Indigenous Rights Radio Launches at UN Permanent Forum 2015

’’It’s a powerful means of communication because all of us come from a culture of storytelling.’’

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