On American Anthropologist, Lauren Heidbrink, her daughter Gabriela Afable, and Delia (not her real name), present a multimodal representation chronicling the detention and deportation of Delia, an Indigenous youth from San Marcos, who migrated to the United States.
Delia’s experiences of migration and deportation reveal how Indigenous migrant youth negotiate everyday violence and discrimination, and how they and their families prioritise limited resources and make difficult decisions. It also highlights the every day racism inherent in Guatemala’s public services, especially in the capital, Guatemala City.
It is a really interesting method of anthropological presentation and presents the realities in ways that are very accessible.
There is also an audio conversation between Lauren and her daughter, Gabriela.
The representation is also available in Spanish.
You can see the piece, and access a suite of materials, including a study guide, and the audio conversation, here, Delia’s Return.