Latinx Heritage Month: Roxana Pardo Garcia

In celebration of Latinx Heritage Month, we are hosting a series of profiles and stories to amplify and honor people, businesses, organizations, and projects connected to Seattle’s Latinx community.

Brown girl. With those brown eyes and brown locks.

by Roxana Pardo Garcia

Brown girl. With those brown eyes and brown locks – did you know your presence is Ancestral? Did you know the cosmos and this earth aligned to give your birther, a divine blessing? That is you.

Brown girl. With those brown eyes and brown locks – did you know that you are earth? That seeds are planted, crops are harvested, and villages are abounded in abundance from a soil that is a reflection of your skin? Did you know you can give life, in all its forms?

Brown girl. With those brown eyes and brown locks – did you know your eyes are galaxies? They are cosmic, they are soulful and so full of vision – they are like the most magnificent of planets – and magic. Did you know they glisten like honey? Oh honey, your ojitos tell a story.

Brown girl. With those brown eyes and brown locks – did you know your hair is a cascada? Did you know that it dances, and frolics in the meadows of experience – it twists and turns, but it always leads you back – it always finds it’s way back.

Brown girl. With those brown eyes and brown locks – whose home is being cradled in trees of emerald and waters of blue. Accurucada at mountain sides – where water and earth always meet and greet; the two know what it is to be held – what it means to care; just like you.

Brown girl. With those brown eyes and brown locks – when did the world abruptly let you know you were not welcome? When did you know that your skin, your eyes, your hair would cause white supremacy to quiver, to shake, to convulse? Your brownness is a language – it digs daggers into fragility and illusions.

Brown girl. With those brown eyes and brown locks. Your legacy is as deep as the ocean blue – it is as rooted as the cedars and evergreens; and your Ancestry is lush and abundant like the meadows. May your language create pathways to justice and healing.

Brown girl. With those brown eyes and brown locks – did you know your presence is Ancestral?


Latina woman posing in a low stance on a fenced pedestrian bridge.

Roxana Pardo Garcia (aka La Roxay) is a self-identifying Hood Intellectual Xingona who was born and raised on occupied Coast Salish Territory. Roxana is the founder, owner, and certified Xingona of La Roxay Productions and Hood Intellectual Xingona. She is also the co-founder and project lead of Alimentando al Pueblo.

This piece was commissioned by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. The opinions expressed and information contained herein do not necessarily reflect the policies, plans, beliefs, conclusions, or ideas of the City of Seattle.