By Adriana Adarve – Owner of Adarve Translations
Some three days ago “Columbus Day” was observed throughout the Americas, while at least nine United States cities observed the same day as Indigenous Peoples Day. The promotion of this movement was started in Quito, Ecuador, in 1990 by representatives of Indian groups throughout the Americas.
Some people are against a holiday honoring Christopher Columbus and his discovery of the Americas, while many others say it is a day that celebrates cultural exchanges between Europe and the Americas. Many people in the United States are all for changing the name of the holiday to Indigenous Peoples Day, and celebrating instead the historical richness and contributions of the United States indigenous cultures.
Advocates of Columbus Day want to continue celebrating cultural exchanges between the European and American continents, while advocates of Indigenous Peoples Day desire to celebrate the historical cultural richness of indigenous people.
At Adarve Translations we believe that all cultures need to be celebrated and honored, though with not a specifically selected day in mind. We believe that culture and cultural exchanges are to be celebrated each and every single day of our lives, and we make sure we do it through our work and dedication to the people we write our translations for.
The United States is composed of a myriad of cultures and ways of living. There is not one unique race in this country. We all come from different places with different cultural backgrounds, and all carrying within us a rich and unique inheritance.
What’s more, not one single country in this world is composed of just one race or one particular set of people that has not been mixed with other races, cultures and ways of living. We all intermingle, we all go through changes and exchanges, and we all want to discover, learn and have new things each day. We have been doing this since the world became the world. The beauty in this blending of peoples and cultures is that we become the richer for it. Our world becomes, literally, bigger and more fascinating thanks to the cultural richness we all exchange.
Each day we have new things to learn and discover from the new people we meet and bring into our personal circles. Each day we exchange ideas, knowledge and cultural values. Each day we become better people than we were the day before.
It is true that when we move to a different country to start a new life, we try as hard as we can to cling to our own cultural values and richness. But, it is also true that while living within a culture that is different from our own we adopt many of the cultural values, and as much as possible of the way of life, of the people surrounding us.
By the same token, our hosts adopt some of our ways of doing things, as well as some of our cultural values.
In the end, cultures, values, ways of thinking, ways of living, all meld together to create what we would probably call, somewhere down the road, our unique culture, our unique way of life.
But, as we have seen, this “unique culture,” this “unique way of life” has actually developed from the assimilation, adaptation and acceptance of many different values and cultural ways of living that came into our lives before, and which, little by little, and sometimes without even noticing it, we have embraced and made our own.
It is this valuable exchange, this rich assimilation of all the cultures of the world, that we praise, celebrate and honor each day at Adarve Translations.
All the best,
Adriana Adarve, Asheville, NC
About the Author: Adriana Adarve is the owner of Adarve Translations and is fluent in three languages (English, Spanish & French), as well as pluri-cultural, multi-cultural, plurilingual and multilingual.