Mi Triqui: Life in Three Languages

Back by popular demand: Mi Triqui: Life in Three Languages. This is a real Throwback Thursday, going back to 2007.

Several people contacted me on Twitter after blip.tv took down this old video. So here it is!

This is the story of Bernandina Hernandez, a 23-year-old Hollister woman who speaks three languages: English, Spanish and Triqui. It was a third of my masters thesis at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

I met Bernadina and her family at an indigenous cultural celebration at a Catholic church in Windsor, while on assignment at my part-time job reporting for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.  After the Mass, the long speeches, and the traditional Oaxacan dances, I interviewed Bernadina, got a glimpse of her life and knew she would be good on video and worth following around for a few days.