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We Scavenged Amazon Deals For Prime Day So You Wouldn’t Have To And Found Some Of The Best Buys For Your Summer Trips

In case you haven’t heard, Prime Day 2019 is officially underway, and we are certifiably overwhelmed. Fortunately, the name is a little misleading: Prime Day has become such a major consumer-focused event — right up there with Black Friday and Cyber Monday — that it now actually takes place over the course of two days. That gives you more than enough time to figure out what you want to add to your cart.

Maybe your bathroom could use a little upgrade with a colorful shower curtain and playful artwork for those bare walls. Perhaps your kitchen is desperately in need of a little sprucing up, via some shiny new cutlery and plates. Or it could be that you just want to buy that fancy wireless Bluetooth speaker you’ve had your eye on forever. And really, is it ever too early to begin shopping for the holidays? (Christmas in July has a whole new meaning now!) Whatever the mission, Amazon’s two-day shopping extravaganza offers up literally everything you could ever need, want, or convince yourself that you need. What a time to be alive, right?

Without a doubt, there are sales and deals galore. But with pages upon pages of products to scroll and sort through, how do you even know where to look? It can be a lot to process, even for the most level-headed shoppers out there. It’s so easy to get distracted that you just might overlook some hidden gems and treasures.

So before your eyes begin to glaze over, take a deep breath — inhala y exhala as abuelita would say. We’ve scoured Amazon for some of our most favorite finds, all of which feature some element of Latinx pride. Because what good is a massive sale and if you can’t walk away with a little flavor of your culture and heritage? Ahead, we’ve got the scoop on all the Latinx products available that you don’t want to miss out on.

AmazonBasics Geometric Luggage Expandable Suitcase Spinner

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Pack your bags! Jump on your next flight home or another country that will help you polish up your Spanish with this awesome, easy to manage travel case!

Amazon Basics Expandable Suitcase Spinner with TSA Lock [20-inch], $69.99 $48.99, available at Amazon.

Becoming – Prime Day Audible Deal

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Listen to the former First Lady Michelle Obama read her book on Audible! Audible usually costs $14.95 per month but for Prime Day, new subscribers can get a three-month subscription deal for only $15. That’s a whole lot of savings!

Audible  $$14.95 per month available at Amazon Amazon Prime day: $15 for three months

Goya Adobo Seasoning, Pack Of 3

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No spice cabinet is complete without this magical trifecta of seasonings from Goya, a go-to brand for Latinx everywhere. This three-pack includes one bottle of pepper, one of lemon and pepper, and one of cumin. A couple of dashes and sprinkles of these spices will instantly elevate your dinner. As an added bonus: Your mom won’t be as likely to give you the side eye the next time she’s in town visiting and rummaging through your pantry. Talk about a win-win!

$9.00 Free Shipping for Prime Members and! $80 off instantly: Pay $0.00 upon approval for the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card.

Goya Black Beans, Pack Of 8

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Talk about essential: It doesn’t get more necessary than frijoles, and by buying these in bulk, you’ll be set for Taco Tuesday for at least a few weeks. In the mood for a giant plate of nachos? Or some hearty chili? These beans will save the day and make your life so much easier.

$26.21 ($3.28 / Count) Free Shipping for Prime Members and! $80 off instantly: Pay $0.00 upon approval for the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card.

Aztec Imports Macaw Piñata

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Who says piñatas are just for kids? Adults can have fun, too. If it’s been a while since you’ve taken a swing at a stuffed bird (or donkey or star or…you get the idea), why not buy one for your next game night? It’s a fun excuse to take out a little aggression and you’ll get to indulge in some sweet treats when it’s all said and done.

List Price:$12.99 Price: $11.71 Free Shipping for Prime Members & FREE Returns

Serape Blanket

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These touchstones of Mexican culture have become increasingly ubiquitous in recent years — you’ve probably spotted these at yoga class or at music festivals. It makes sense that they’ve become so popular because they’re literally perfect for just about any activity, whether that’s camping, picnicking, or simply keeping warm while you binge watch Netflix.

AmazonBasics Velvet Clothes Hangers, 50-Pack

These not your mother’s wire hangers are exactly what you need for an upgrade to your wardrobe. This deal includes a pack of 50 in ivory.

Amazon Basics Velvet Clothes Hangers, 50-Pack, $19.99 $13.96, available at Amazon.

The Fire TV Stick

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Anything for Seleeeeenaaaassss — including buying an actual Fire Stick!  Watch all of your favorites from Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video (where you can stream Selena!), STARZ, SHOWTIME, or CBS All Access, plus stream for free with Pluto TV, IMDb TV, and others.

Amazon Fire TV Stick, 50-Pack, $19.99 $13.96, available at Amazon.

Vicks VapoRub Ointment

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Or vivaporú as we prefer to call it is undoubtedly the one product you’ll likely find in every single medicine cabinet in a Latinx household. Sure, it’s technically a cough suppressant, but we know that this mystical ointment can cure just about any ailment — at least according to all of our tías.

Price: $4.75 ($2.70 / Ounce) Free Shipping for Prime Members & FREE Returns

Mexican Flag Shower Curtain

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Cultural pride just went to a whole new level. Guests will know exactly where you came from with this hanging boldly in the middle of your bathroom. There are also options showing off the flags of El Salvador, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and more.

Women’s Latina AF T-Shirt

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You can never have too many T-shirts, and we’re particularly big fans of this number, which unapologetically tells it like it is. Dress it down with jeans and sneakers, and you’ve got the perfect outfit for running errands.

The House On Mango Street By Sandra Cisneros

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This coming-of-age novel is an instant classic, and if you don’t already have it on your bookshelf, it’s time to change that. Plus, there’s no such thing as re-reading this story too many times.

 $9.56 List Price: $11.95 Save: $2.39 (20%)

Hispano Soap

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A quintessential item in virtually all Dominican households, this product serves several purposes. Use it to wash clothes, dishes, and anything else that might have a little grime build-up.

$5.19 Free Shipping for Prime Members and! $80 off instantly: Pay $0.00 upon approval for the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card.

Waterproof Paperwhite Kindle

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This Amazon’s Choice Kindle has two times the storage capabilities and waterproof protection. For Amazon Prime Day it is n sale for 31% off its usual price.

Kindle Paperwhite 32GB Storage – Waterproof, $159.99 $109.99, available at Amazon.

Adidas Cloudfoam Sneakers

Get 47% off when you buy these Adidas favorite! The Cloudfoam is on full-price on adidas.com but is available on Amazon for a little less than half the price!

Adidas Cloudfoam Pure Running Shoe, $52.99 $37.09, available at Amazon.

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A Brazilian Photographer Is Documenting Indigenous Tribes In The Amazon

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A Brazilian Photographer Is Documenting Indigenous Tribes In The Amazon

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Indigenous tribes are the most important connection between man and nature. These tribes have lived off the land before modern society and many have never interacted with modern society. Ricardo Stuckert is going through and documenting the indigenous Amazonian tribes in Brazil.

Ricardo Stuckert is photographing indigenous tribespeople in the Brazilian Amazon.

The indigenous community is something sacred that most people agrees should be protected. They are more connected to the land than we are. Their customs and traditions are more ingrained in this world than ours are and it is so important to protect them.

The indigenous community of Brazil has been subjected to horrible attacks and conditions from the Brazilian government.

One of the most widespread attacks against the indigenous Brazilians living in the Amazon has been for the land. President Jair Bolsonaro has tried to take land away from the indigenous communities to allow for logging and mining. A bill he sent to the congress sought to exploit the land for commercial purposes, even legalizing some of the attacks we have seen on indigenous people since President Bolsonaro took power.

Stuckert wants to preserve the indigenous culture and customs through photos.

“I think it is important to disseminate Brazilian culture and show the way that native peoples live today,” Stuckert told DailyMail. “In 1997, I started to photograph the Amazon and had my first contact with the native people of Brazil. Since then, I have tried to show the diversity and plurality of indigenous culture, as well as emphasize the importance of the Indians as guardians of the forest. There are young people who are being born who have never seen or will see an Indian in their lives.”

The photographer believes that using photography is the best way to share culture.

“I think that photography has this power to transpose a culture like this to thousands of people,” Stuckert told DailyMail. “The importance of documentary photojournalism is to undo stigmas and propagate a culture that is being lost. We need to show the importance of indigenous people to the world, for the protection of our forests.”

You can see all of Stuckert’s photos on his Instagram.

Stuckert’s work to documented the indigenous community is giving people an insight into a life many never see. Brazil is home to about 210 million people with around 1 million having indigenous heritage. The diverse indigenous community of Brazil is something important to showcase and that’s what Stuckert is doing.

READ: Indigenous Photographer Diego Huerta’s Photos Of Oaxaca’s Indigenous People Celebrates Their Beauty

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The ‘Sistine Chapel Of The Amazon’ Was Just Discovered In Colombia And It’s One Of The Largest Rock Art Collections Ever Found

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The ‘Sistine Chapel Of The Amazon’ Was Just Discovered In Colombia And It’s One Of The Largest Rock Art Collections Ever Found

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All too often artists from Latin America – particularly Indigenous artists – are overlooked for their contribution to the world’s art scene. This isn’t just true of today’s artists but also dating back hundreds of years.

White-centric art critics have praised the works of artists like Rembrandt and Van Gogh, while ignoring the immense contributions that artists on the other side of the Atlantic were making hundreds or even thousands of years earlier.

Now, as a nearly 13,000-year-old rock art collection is discovered by researchers deep in the Colombian Amazon, this long lost history of Indigenous art is finally having its moment in the spotlight.

Researchers discovered one of the world’s largest and oldest collections of ancient rock art.

One of the world’s largest collections of prehistoric rock art has been discovered in the Amazon Rainforest. Researches are hailing it as the “Sistine Chapel of the Ancients,” and it’s guaranteed to bring a new level of attention on both the art and civilization of ancient America.

The rock art paintings, which number in the tens of thousands, are said to have been created up to 12,500 years ago. Perhaps even more staggering, they’re painted on well-worn cliff faces that stretch across nearly eight miles deep in the Colombian jungle. Experts say that because of the size of the site, it will take generations to study.

Although news of the rock art is just being released to the public, it was actually discovered last year as part of a film by the BBC: Jungle Mystery: Lost Kingdoms of the Amazon.

The site is in the Serranía de la Lindosa where, along with the Chiribiquete national park, other rock art had been found. The documentary’s presenter, Ella Al-Shamahi, an archaeologist and explorer, told the Observer: “The new site is so new, they haven’t even given it a name yet.”

The discovery highlights the lives of some of the very first people who called the Americas home.

The team who made the discovery is a joint British-Colombian group, funded by the European Research Council. Its leader is José Iriarte, professor of archaeology at Exeter University in the U.K. and a leading expert on the Amazon and pre-Columbian history.

He said: “When you’re there, your emotions flow … We’re talking about several tens of thousands of paintings. It’s going to take generations to record them … Every turn you do, it’s a new wall of paintings.”

The team found it hard to keep it a secret given the level of excitement and emotion they felt upon the discovery.

“We started seeing animals that are now extinct. The pictures are so natural and so well made that we have few doubts that you’re looking at a horse, for example. The ice-age horse had a wild, heavy face. It’s so detailed, we can even see the horse hair. It’s fascinating.”

The images include fish, turtles, lizards and birds, as well as people dancing and holding hands, among other scenes. One figure wears a mask resembling a bird with a beak.

It’s estimated that the thousands of pieces of rock art are nearly 13,000 years old.

Although no official carbon dating has been carried out to gauge the age of the art, experts are estimating its age based partly on the depictions of long-extinct ice age animals, such as the mastodon, a prehistoric relative of the elephant that hasn’t roamed South America for at least 12,000 years. There are also images of the palaeolama, an extinct camelid, as well as giant sloths and ice age horses.

These animals were all seen and painted by some of the very first humans ever to reach the Amazon. Their pictures give a glimpse into a lost, ancient civilization that many of our ancestors call on as part of our history.

The site is deep in rebel-controlled territory so it’s unlikley to become a tourist hotspot anytime soon.

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The site of the discovery, the Serranía La Lindosa, sits deep in the rebel-controlled Colombian rainforest. As the documentary notes, Colombia is a land torn apart after 50 years of civil war that raged between FARC guerrillas and the Colombian government, now with an uneasy truce in place.

The territory where the paintings have been discovered was completely off limits until recently and still involves careful negotiation to enter safely.

Al-Shamahi said: “When we entered Farc territory, it was exactly as a few of us have been screaming about for a long time. Exploration is not over. Scientific discovery is not over but the big discoveries now are going to be found in places that are disputed or hostile.”

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