I went far from the Twin Cities last fall; more south than "The South" – I left our America for South America. But as far away as it was, I ended up seeing traces of us there. North, Central and South Americans alike; we are all Americans by way of our geography, but I found that we also face some similar questions, culturally and in our communities. Across the American continents, regions are layered in different voices, telling distinct stories of each place. The conflict, still alive today, rests in the way that the community interprets the child's body. For the indigenous community, the child is still sacred today; for anthropologists, museum curators and visitors from around the world, the body is an artifact of a long-lost society.
Maybe it is not surprising, then, that I saw us there.