As Mark McKinley puts it, “no collector ever says, ‘I’ve gone too far.'” After 27 years and an official Guinness World Record, he stands by that statement.
In Passaic, New Jersey, Jose Juarez, 46, owns a tiny botanica—a store that sells amulets, herbs and other alternative medicine, and where he also gives tarot card readings and offers spiritual guidance. Juarez speaks Totonac, an ancient language from Puebla, Mexico that is in danger of disappearing. As an activist and educator, Juarez has been fighting to keep his culture, and mother tongue, alive.
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Emon Hassan, Narratively’s Director of Video & Multimedia, is a New York-based filmmaker and photographer. He is the founder of the music website Guitarkadia and a regular contributor to The New York Times. You can follow him on Twitter.
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