Identity, culture, and migration

Servando: Police Visit at Casa Latina


This a group talk given by a policeman who talked to us about our rights. However, I don’t know what he was doing here, either he was talking or looking for someone. They asked if they could take pictures of us, and we said there was no problem. Since there is no problem with them taking pictures of us, there should be no problem of me taking pictures of him. So I took a picture of him.

Servando: Meteorite

picture in a book of a hand holding rock

This is a picture of a meteorite. I go to the library to find out more about it because I found one. This picture is of a meteorite that I saw in the library. In my home, I have a meteorite. In my collection, it is under thousands of keys. I have it well hidden.

Esta es una imagen de un meteorito. Voy a la biblioteca para averiguar más al respecto porque encontré uno. Esta foto es de un meteorito que vi en la biblioteca. En mi casa, tengo un meteorito. En mi colección, que está bajo miles de llaves. Lo tengo bien escondido.

Servando: Volcano

framed photo of volcano

That’s the picture of the volcano when it erupted. It’s either the Rainier or the Saint Helens. Honestly, I don’t know which one it is. As you can see, it is a volcano and there is a big hole in the side. Once, I saw it so I decided to buy it. It didn’t even cost me 20 cents. Not anybody can have that, I think it’s a special thing.

Servando: Textile and Wooden Spoon

framed textile

This one is a cloth. It’s a native cloth from Washington. On top of it, there is a big spoon to stir chocolate. Since they did not have electric mixers, they had a wooden spoon to mix it. I liked it because it has bone inlays on the handle. This is called mesquite. In the area where I was born, there’s also mesquite. In the US, there is only an area where you can find the plants of mesquite.

What do you like about art?

I like to learn about it, but I can also invent it, even if I don’t know about it.

Servando: Art – Knots

framed poster of knot types

This is hanging in my home.

Is this a picture in your home?

Yes. All this art is in my home. This one is of knots because it’s about marine things because I live in Seattle. I figure I had to own something that represented my city. Also, I bought it at Goodwill. Even though I paid a bit more for it, I thought I needed to have something from Seattle.

Are these knots that are made at..?

These knots are made at sea. There are about 70 knots.

Esto está colgado en mi casa.

Servando: Art – Paintings

framed painting

This is my art. These are Italian paintings I buy at Goodwill. I think of all the time that someone spent making this art that ends up selling so cheap. I buy it and keep it. I collect art. I also collect pennies.

Ése es mi arte. Son pinturas italianas que compro en Goodwill. Pienso en todo el tiempo que alguien pasó haciendo este arte que termina vendiéndose tan barato. Yo lo compro y lo guardo. Colecciono arte, y también monedas de un centavo. 

Servando: Bright Lights at Sunset

Elliot Bay sunset

There are some pictures of shinning. Those are signals in the sky.This is the kind of sunset over the Puget Sound. Yes, those are very bright lights. Here, I like seeing the reflections on the side. Personally, I have always wanted to see the auroras. Especially, the auroras borealis because I have never seen them. I’d like to go to the library so I can learn about all these things.

Servando: Starbucks and the Business I Want

white car in front of Starbucks

The picture is not about the white car. It’s about the Starbucks, the first Starbucks on Pike Place. All the other ones originated from this one. I want to set up my business and want it to be as successful as Starbucks. When I go back to my country to set up a business, I want to be as lucky and successful as Starbucks. Or at least, I want to have that in mind. I want the luck because I believe in it. If a man does not believe in luck, then he has nothing.

Servando: Self


The picture is in the same place. Also, the church give us clothes. In fact, almost everything I am wearing today was given to me, except for my shoes. I bought these shoes.

Can I take a picture which shows the clothes that you got here?

Yes, of course. I was given all these clothes.

Vero wants to know if all these clothes you are wearing were given at the church. Also, are you a fan of the Seahawks?

Servando: Hispanics at Church

people gathered around long tables

This is the food that they gave us in the church. In Mexico, the churches give food as well. Although, the churches in the US give more food since we don’t have a stable home. It feels like a wheel of fortune. At times, we are up, or we are in the middle or we are down. We cannot forget about our current situation, so the food does not really matter. The most important thing is that it is a place where you cannot be poisoned. Church is our safe place.