Relationship: Child of im/migrant

My object is an Ecuadorian skirt, also known as a pollera in Spanish, it is very important to my mom's side of the family because when my mom immigrated from Ecuador to the United States this item reminded her of her heritage. When she moved to the USA she went to live with my aunt Antonia, my aunt helped her and showed my mom Ecuadorian dances with the cultural clothes. These were the first cultural clothes my mom owned. When she became a citizen, she told my grandma to send her a pollera. My grandma wanted to send her a pollera she had used, which my great grandma used too. My grandma wanted my mom to remember where she is from and to keep the tradition alive no matter where she is. After my mom used it she gave me the skirt to put it on and to dance with it, in a traditional dance about Jesus Crist being born. After I used the pollera I encouraged my sister to use it, but she didn’t, so now we are keeping the pollera in a special and nice place. I hope that in the future I keep encouraging my family to keep doing dances with polleras. 

Place(s): Ecuador, Minneapolis
Year: 1998

– Nathaly B.

Relationship:  Child of im/migrant Child of im/migrant