Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas is on the Oregon State University Extension faculty in the School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences and is Associate Director of the Center for Latino/Latina Studies & Engagement. He tells a story about his grandmother, memories of growing up in Oaxaca, and how he maintains the connection to culture and tradition. The story was recorded at KBOO Community Radio in Portland, OR.
This is the first episode from our series, Inheritance Stories: Latino Voices on Farming, Culture, and Ecology. The Inheritance Stories exhibit features immersive listening stations featuring portraits and stories in Spanish and English from food and farm workers, organizers, chefs, educators, entrepreneurs, and gardeners.
“My grandma used to take the avocados, used to take the tomatoes, used to take the onions and garlic and then start crushing all the different elements as if it was a ritual, sort of a spiritual gathering of these experiences we had into one small molcajete.”
– Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas
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