With Our Own Eyes / Con Nuestros Propios Ojos Documentary Photography Project

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[Templeton tunnel]
Photo caption, written by Jasmin Landin: "This is the tunnel that leads to my school in Templeton. It is a metaphor for my life since one side represents San Juan Nuevo and the other side represents my life here in the United States. When I go through the tunnel to get to school there are very few Mexican students and not many students speak our language [Spanish]. I feel trapped. At school I have to watch what I wear because the other students and teachers will think that I am in a gang. I have to watch what I say or how I speak in Spanish around them because they will think that I am talking about them in a negative way. When I get out of school and go back through the tunnel to go home, I feel free and comfortable because I am around family and friends who understand my culture and language", 142-03
[Curpite dancer]
Photo caption, written by Mariano Aguilar, Jr.: "A small Curpite dancer standing in front of my aunts house in San Juan Nuevo. Boys begin to learn to dance at an early age and the traditions are passed on from one generation to another. Only unmarried young men are permitted to dance.", 142-06
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[The Sanctuary of the Lord of Miracles]
Photo caption, written by Maria Campoverde: "The Sanctuary of the Lord of Miracles viewed from the balcony of my house in San Juan Nuevo. This is the sanctuary that was built to replace the original building that was destroyed by the Paricutin volcano. The volcano erupted in 1943 and destroyed our original town and church.", 142-09
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[Felipe Aguilar Isidro]
Photo caption, written by Mariano Aguilar, Jr.: "My 86 year-old [g]randfather Felipe Aguilar Isidro is celebrating with the Tarepeti [the elder] is one of the cuprite dancers who lead the other dancers in the competition. The Tarepeti is also a symbol of the Purhpecha indigenous heritage of San Juan Nuevo.", 142-33

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