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Óscar Díaz, detail of “Slipwood Center”, (2015) (image courtesy the artist)

History books up until recently just wrote about native people existing in the past, and about how black people never entered the country because, “We have no ports,” and other myths, as well as the nation state over time removing casta categories that involved blackness from the census. Most of these myths are perpetuated by the nation-state systematically and have just begun to be undone in the post-war period. Because of this level of

oppression, native/black people in the country have turned to objects. From times of colonization in El Salvador where native people would perform Christian rituals, but subvert them and praise their gods in secret. I think that’s the origin for this practice. If the nation state attempts to delete blackness, burns archives and a language about speaking about blackness is blurred, then people turn to objects. An AfroSalvadoran doesn’t have the same kinda history as say Black Americans where they became

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