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Matilde Arias

Matilde Arias

Matilde Arias and her mother always been close. When she was 12, her mom was diagnosed with cancer. Chemotherapy saved her life, but after entering remission, she had a stroke. As her mother worked to regain her mobility, Matilde took on the role as the second adult...

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Raul Tovar – Co-founder of Noche de Cuentos Project

Raul Tovar – Co-founder of Noche de Cuentos Project

Raul Tovar During my six month trip in Mexico, a special moment took place in a magical mountain village along the Sierra Madre mountain range in Oaxaca. My younger brother was visiting me during my stay in Mexico and after some eventful days in Puerto Vallarta,...

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Rosario “Chayo” Cervantez – Xicana Youth Activist

Rosario “Chayo” Cervantez – Xicana Youth Activist

Rosario “Chayo” CervantezRosario “Chayo” Cervantez is from White City, Oregon. She has been an activist in our community, organizing educational panels with LIFEArt and began the first wide-city Latinx Student Group thatbrought together students from all high school...

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Gabriel Barrera-Airbrush Story

Gabriel Barrera-Airbrush Story

Gabriel BarreraI grew up wanting to be an artist ever since I started drawing into sketch books. My parents cultivated my growth as an artist by providing me the tools to create as an artist. My mother was a teacher and my father worked in aerospace as a machinist and...

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Lorenzo Ortiz Story – Childhood Memory

Lorenzo Ortiz Story – Childhood Memory

Lorenzo Ortiz and his bisabuela As I approach college graduation, I reflect on my growth and what my path will look like as I progress in my career and find my way back to “the Valley,” as my friends and I refer to the Rogue Valley. I was born in Ashland but I grew up...

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Matilde Arias

Matilde Arias

Matilde Arias and her mother always been close. When she was 12, her mom was diagnosed with cancer. Chemotherapy saved her life, but after entering remission, she had a stroke. As her mother worked to regain her mobility, Matilde took on the role as the second adult...

read more
Raul Tovar – Co-founder of Noche de Cuentos Project

Raul Tovar – Co-founder of Noche de Cuentos Project

Raul Tovar During my six month trip in Mexico, a special moment took place in a magical mountain village along the Sierra Madre mountain range in Oaxaca. My younger brother was visiting me during my stay in Mexico and after some eventful days in Puerto Vallarta,...

read more
Rosario “Chayo” Cervantez – Xicana Youth Activist

Rosario “Chayo” Cervantez – Xicana Youth Activist

Rosario “Chayo” CervantezRosario “Chayo” Cervantez is from White City, Oregon. She has been an activist in our community, organizing educational panels with LIFEArt and began the first wide-city Latinx Student Group thatbrought together students from all high school...

read more
Gabriel Barrera-Airbrush Story

Gabriel Barrera-Airbrush Story

Gabriel BarreraI grew up wanting to be an artist ever since I started drawing into sketch books. My parents cultivated my growth as an artist by providing me the tools to create as an artist. My mother was a teacher and my father worked in aerospace as a machinist and...

read more
Lorenzo Ortiz Story – Childhood Memory

Lorenzo Ortiz Story – Childhood Memory

Lorenzo Ortiz and his bisabuela As I approach college graduation, I reflect on my growth and what my path will look like as I progress in my career and find my way back to “the Valley,” as my friends and I refer to the Rogue Valley. I was born in Ashland but I grew up...

read more

DE LA RAIZ is a project dedicated to gathering and sharing stories of the rich and diverse Latinx communities of Southern Oregon. Through personal interviews, research, and visual art, De La Raiz hopes to center and uplift our voices while challenging stereotypes and national narratives of who we are.

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