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Call me by my name: Peru promotes use of indigenous names in public records

Indigenous Peruvians often have one name at home and another, usually Spanish, for official purposes. Now registrars are being urged to embrace native languages
Costumed dancers parade during the annual Qoyllur Rit’i festival in Ocongate, Peru, in May 2018. Peru is home to 55 indigenous peoples, speaking dozens of languages. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Julio Cusurichi may have won the prestigious Goldman environmental prize for helping create huge reserves for Amazon tribes, but in his home village he is still known by the Shipibo-Konibo name he was given as a child: “Pino”, or hummingbird.

Like thousands of indigenous Peruvians,

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