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Our Sacred Maíz Is Our Mother

Our Sacred Maíz Is Our Mother

Author: Roberto Cintli Rodríguez
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
ISBN: 0816530610
Pages: 288
Year: 2014-11-06
Weaving archival records, ancient maps and narratives, and the wisdom of the elders, Roberto Cintli Rodriguez offers compelling evidence that maíz is the historical connector between Indigenous peoples of this continent. Rodriguez brings together the wisdom of scholars and elders to show how maíz/corn connects the peoples of the Americas.
Our Sacred Maíz Is Our Mother

Our Sacred Maíz Is Our Mother

Author: Roberto Cintli Rodríguez
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
ISBN: 0816598649
Pages: 288
Year: 2014-11-06
“If you want to know who you are and where you come from, follow the maíz.” That was the advice given to author Roberto Cintli Rodriguez when he was investigating the origins and migrations of Mexican peoples in the Four Corners region of the United States. Follow it he did, and his book Our Sacred Maíz Is Our Mother changes the way we look at Mexican Americans. Not so much peoples created as a result of war or invasion, they are people of the corn, connected through a seven-thousand-year old maíz culture to other Indigenous inhabitants of the continent. Using corn as the framework for discussing broader issues of knowledge production and history of belonging, the author looks at how corn was included in codices and Mayan texts, how it was discussed by elders, and how it is represented in theater and stories as a way of illustrating that Mexicans and Mexican Americans share a common culture. Rodriguez brings together scholarly and traditional (elder) knowledge about the long history of maíz/corn cultivation and culture, its roots in Mesoamerica, and its living relationship to Indigenous peoples throughout the continent, including Mexicans and Central Americans now living in the United States. The author argues that, given the restrictive immigration policies and popular resentment toward migrants, a continued connection to maíz culture challenges the social exclusion and discrimination that frames migrants as outsiders and gives them a sense of belonging not encapsulated in the idea of citizenship. The “hidden transcripts” of corn in everyday culture—art, song, stories, dance, and cuisine (maíz-based foods like the tortilla)—have nurtured, even across centuries of colonialism, the living maíz culture of ancient knowledge.
Chicana Art

Chicana Art

Author: Laura E. Pérez
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822338688
Pages: 390
Year: 2007-08-09
DIVThe first full-length survey of contemporary Chicana artists/div
Enduring Seeds

Enduring Seeds

Author: Gary Paul Nabhan
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
ISBN: 0816522596
Pages: 225
Year: 1989
As biological diversity continues to shrink at an alarming rate, the loss of plant species poses a threat seemingly less visible than the loss of animals but in many ways more critical. In this book, one of America's leading ethnobotanists warns about our loss of natural vegetation and plant diversity while providing insights into traditional Native agricultural practices in the Americas. Gary Paul Nabhan here reveals the rich diversity of plants found in tropical forests and their contribution to modern crops, then tells how this diversity is being lost to agriculture and lumbering. He then relates "local parables" of Native American agriculture—from wild rice in the Great Lakes region to wild gourds in Florida—that convey the urgency of this situation and demonstrate the need for saving the seeds of endangered plants. Nabhan stresses the need for maintaining a wide gene pool, not only for the survival of these species but also for the preservation of genetic strains that can help scientists breed more resilient varieties of other plants. Enduring Seeds is a book that no one concerned with our environment can afford to ignore. It clearly shows us that, as agribusiness increasingly limits the food on our table, a richer harvest can be had by preserving ancient ways. This edition features a new foreword by Miguel Altieri, one of today's leading spokesmen for sustainable agriculture and the preservation of indigenous farming methods.
Aztlán

Aztlán

Author: José Villarino, Arturo Ramírez
Publisher: McGraw-Hill College
ISBN: 0073538515
Pages: 343
Year: 2008

En Aquel Entonces

En Aquel Entonces

Author: Manuel G. Gonzales, Cynthia M. Gonzales
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253337658
Pages: 287
Year: 2000
En Aquel Entonces [In Those Days] Readings in Mexican-American History Edited by Manuel G. Gonzales and Cynthia M. Gonzales An interdisciplinary anthology covering diverse aspects of the Mexican-American experience in the United States. The advent of Chicano Studies in the 1960s spawned a tremendous interest in the history of Mexicans in the United States. Committed to a multidisciplinary approach from the very outset, Chicano and Chicana scholars used a variety of perspectives to explain the Mexican-American past, but much of this work has not been readily available to students. En Aquel Entonces is intended as a partial solution to the problem, an anthology that brings together 31 of the most innovative journal articles published during the past four decades. These articles, representing several disciplines, provide students of history with a panoramic portrait of Mexicanos in the United States while at the same time introducing them to Chicana/o historiography. Each of the essays has been carefully edited in consultation with its author to present a text that is more accessible to students and general readers Manuel G. Gonzales is Professor of History at Diablo Valley College and author of Andrea Costa and the Rise of Socialism in the Romagna, The Hispanic Elite of the Southwest, and Mexicanos: A History of Mexicans in the United States (Indiana University Press). Cynthia M. Gonzales is an Education Specialist at Ygnacio Learning Center in Walnut Creek, California and was Director of Education at Walnut Creek Hospital from 1985–1998. Contents Introduction by Manuel G. Gonzales I. Genesis of a People: Before 1848 Presidarias y Pobladoras: The Journey North and Life in Frontier California, Antonia I. Castaneda Honor Ideology, Marriage Negotiation, and Class-Gender Domination in New Mexico, 1690-1846, Ramon A. Gutierrez Gnats, Goods, and Greasers: Mexican Merchants on the Santa Fe Trail, David A. Sandoval Rancho Life in Alta California, Federico A. Sanchez Discovering the Tejano Community in "Early" Texas, Jesus F. de la Teja The Origins of Anti-Mexican Sentiment in the United States, Raymund A. Paredes II. Gringos versus Greasers: 1848–1900 In Re Ricardo Rodriguez: An Attempt at Chicano Disfranchisement in San Antonio, 1896–1897, Arnoldo De Leon Mexican-American Land Grant Adjudication, Armando C. Alonzo The Barrioization of Nineteenth-Century Mexican Californians: From Landowners to Laborers, Antonio Rios-Bustamante Tucsonenses and Angelenos: A Socio-Economic Study of Two Mexican-American Barrios, 1860–1880, Richard Griswold del Castillo Mexican American Catholicism in the Southwest: The Transformation of a Popular Religion, Alberto L. Pulido Carlos I. Velasco and the Defense of Mexican Rights in Territorial Arizona, Manuel G. Gonzales III. The Great Migration: 1900–1940 Chicanos in Chicago: A Brief History, Louise Ano Nuevo Kerr Settlers, Sojourners, and Proletarians: Social Formation in the Great Plains Sugar Beets Industry, 1890–1940, Dennis Nodin Valdes The Urbanization of Southwestern Chicanos in the Early 20th Century, Ricardo Romo Regionalism, Politics, and Gender in Southwest History: The League of United Latin American Citizens' Expansion into New Mexico from Texas, 1929–1945, Cynthia E. Orozco Labor Threat and Industrialized Agriculture in California: The Case of the 1933 San Joaquin Valley Cotton Strike, Ramon D. Chacon Women, Work, and Community in the Mexican Colonias of the Southern California Citrus Belt, Gilbert G. Gonzalez Texas Newspapers and Chicana Workers' Activism, 1919–1974, Irene Ledesma IV. The Rise of the Middle Class: 1940–1965 Braceros in the Pacific Northwest: Laborers on the Domestic Front, 1942–1947, Erasmo Gamboa Mexican Americans on the Home Front: Community Organizations in Arizona during World War II, Christine Marin A Promise Fulfilled: Mexican Cannery Workers
Aztlán, Chicano Culture and Folklore

Aztlán, Chicano Culture and Folklore

Author: José Villarino, Arturo Ramírez
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Primis Custom Pub
ISBN: 0070143811
Pages: 269
Year: 1997

Rise of the Mexican American Middle Class

Rise of the Mexican American Middle Class

Author: Richard A. Garcia
Publisher: Reveille Books
ISBN: 1585440523
Pages: 416
Year: 1991-12-01
San Antonio, Texas, lies geographically and culturally at the crossroads of Mexico, Texas, and the larger United States. During the Great Depression it lay also at the crossroads of these cultures' myths, memories, and identities. Between 1929 and 1941, in this city's West Side barrio, a generation of Mexican immigrants developed into a new middle class and forged an identity that has shaped Southwestern experience since then: the identity of the Mexican American. Richard Garcia presents an innovative study of the tension between change and continuity in thought, culture, and community that characterized this transformation. His analysis focuses on both the conservative Mexican-exile ricos, who promoted a perspective of "Lo Mexicano" and a return to la patria, and the rising Mexican American middle class, who sought a life of Americanism that stressed social integration, education, political rights and power, and economic betterment for both individuals and the ethnic community. Members of this middle class wanted to be Americans politically while remaining Mexicans culturally. Garcia's argument is the first to link the ethnic identity of the Mexican American generation to the rise of the middle class within the immigrant community. He also takes into account the Mexican community's structural relationship to the city, the process of class differentiation within the barrio, and the role of family, church, education, and politics. Through the microcosm of San Antonio, this pioneering study explores the process of changing consciousness that was occurring throughout the United States during this important period.
Mestizos Come Home!

Mestizos Come Home!

Author: Robert Con Davis-Undiano
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
ISBN: 0806158069
Pages: 336
Year: 2017-03-30
Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano has described U.S. and Latin American culture as continually hobbled by amnesia—unable, or unwilling, to remember the influence of mestizos and indigenous populations. In Mestizos Come Home! author Robert Con Davis-Undiano documents the great awakening of Mexican American and Latino culture since the 1960s that has challenged this omission in collective memory. He maps a new awareness of the United States as intrinsically connected to the broader context of the Americas. At once native and new to the American Southwest, Mexican Americans have “come home” in a profound sense: they have reasserted their right to claim that land and U.S. culture as their own. Mestizos Come Home! explores key areas of change that Mexican Americans have brought to the United States. These areas include the recognition of mestizo identity, especially its historical development across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; the re-emergence of indigenous relationships to land; and the promotion of Mesoamerican conceptions of the human body. Clarifying and bridging critical gaps in cultural history, Davis-Undiano considers important artifacts from the past and present, connecting the casta (caste) paintings of eighteenth-century Mexico to modern-day artists including John Valadez, Alma López, and Luis A. Jiménez Jr. He also examines such community celebrations as Day of the Dead, Cinco de Mayo, and lowrider car culture as examples of mestizo influence on mainstream American culture. Woven throughout is the search for meaning and understanding of mestizo identity. A large-scale landmark account of Mexican American culture, Mestizos Come Home! shows that mestizos are essential to U.S. national culture. As an argument for social justice and a renewal of America’s democratic ideals, this book marks a historic cultural homecoming.
Chicano Movement For Beginners

Chicano Movement For Beginners

Author: Maceo Montoya
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
ISBN: 1939994659
Pages: 176
Year: 2016-09-13
As the heyday of the Chicano Movement of the late 1960s to early 70s fades further into history and as more and more of its important figures pass on, so too does knowledge of its significance. Thus, Chicano Movement For Beginners is an important attempt to stave off historical amnesia. It seeks to shed light on the multifaceted civil rights struggle known as “El Movimiento” that galvanized the Mexican American community, from laborers to student activists, giving them not only a political voice to combat prejudice and inequality, but also a new sense of cultural awareness and ethnic pride. Beyond commemorating the past, Chicano Movement For Beginners seeks to reaffirm the goals and spirit of the Chicano Movement for the simple reason that many of the critical issues Mexican American activists first brought to the nation’s attention then—educational disadvantage, endemic poverty, political exclusion, and social bias—remain as pervasive as ever almost half a century later.
Woman Who Glows in the Dark

Woman Who Glows in the Dark

Author: Elena Avila, Joy Parker
Publisher: Tarcher
ISBN: 1585420220
Pages: 337
Year: 2000-05
Explores traditional Mexican healing arts while offering insights into the soul-diminishing forces of modern society and suggestions for coping strategies for balancing one's life.
The Women of La Raza

The Women of La Raza

Author: Enriqueta Longeaux y Vásquez
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 1533098670
Pages: 298
Year: 2016-05-20
In The Women of La Raza, Enriqueta Vasquez brings together her long-time political commitments with her marvelous sense of curiosity and wonder to trace the contributions of women in Mexican and Mexican American history through the centuries, starting with Pre-Columbian indigenous ancestors all the way to the present time.
Walking the Red Road on Chicanismo

Walking the Red Road on Chicanismo

Author: Ysidro Ramon Macias
Publisher:
ISBN: 1537132636
Pages: 225
Year: 2016-12-13
When one "Walks the Red Road, that person is living their life under the native worldview of the Americas, distinct from Christianity or any other religion, and an America where all natives from Alaska to Chile are members of the Red Nation. This book chronicles the practical and philosophical Chicano/Mexican version of this Red Road, as taught by a Mexica master via oral tradition. Also included are three Chicano theater identity plays and an appendix by a Mayan philosopher on the calendar wheel.
The Compassion of the Feathered Serpent

The Compassion of the Feathered Serpent

Author: Ysidro R. Macias
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 1484885821
Pages: 624
Year: 2013-12
"There are two stories, two chismes, contained within this book. One of these chismes is my own life story, which is the story of how I "entered the belly of the serpent" and came back transformed, after 1968, into portions of the "backbone of the serpent." ... It's twin story is the revelation of the underlying worldview philosophy of the Mexica pueblo of central Mexico, the very same pueblo whose tribal history has now become the history of the modern Mexican nation; and which also defines what the essence of being a "Mexican" is all about" -- p. xiii.
Fleshing the Spirit

Fleshing the Spirit

Author: Elisa Facio, Irene Lara
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
ISBN: 0816530971
Pages: 296
Year: 2014-04-10
Fleshing the Spirit brings together established and new writers to explore the relationships between the physical body, the spirit and spirituality, and social justice activism. The anthology incorporates different genres of writing—such as poetry, testimonials, critical essays, and historical analysis—and stimulates the reader to engage spirituality in a critical, personal, and creative way.