By Carole M. Counihan
Located within the southern San Luis Valley of Colorado, the distant and comparatively unknown city of Antonito is domestic to an overwhelmingly Hispanic inhabitants suffering not just to exist in an economically depressed and politically marginalized quarter, but in addition to maintain their tradition and their lifeways. among 1996 and 2006, anthropologist Carole Counihan accumulated food-centered existence histories from nineteen Mexicanas—Hispanic American women—who had long-standing roots within the higher Rio Grande quarter. The interviews during this groundbreaking research excited about southern Colorado Hispanic foodways—beliefs and behaviors surrounding nutrients creation, distribution, coaching, and consumption.
In this booklet, Counihan gains broad excerpts from those interviews to provide voice to the ladies of Antonito and spotlight their views. 3 traces of inquiry are framed: feminist ethnography, Latino cultural citizenship, and Chicano environmentalism. Counihan records how Antonito's Mexicanas determine a feeling of position and belonging via their wisdom of land and water and use this information to maintain their households and groups. girls play a massive position through gardening, canning, and drying greens; getting cash to shop for nutrition; cooking; and feeding kinfolk, buddies, and buddies on usual and festive events. They use meals to solder or holiday relationships and to specific contrasting emotions of concord and generosity, or enmity and envy. The interviews during this booklet show that those Mexicanas are ingenious companies whose nutrients paintings contributes to cultural survival.
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C. Penney’s store and helped support her siblings until she married Ernest Ornelas in 1950. Ernest and Cordi had three children. Their son lived in Minnesota, and their daughters lived in Alamosa; each had two sons. After her children grew up, Cordi worked as a church administrator for many years. She had a gentle demeanor, a sweet face, and a soft-spoken voice with a husky laugh. When her health started to fail, she refused all life support measures and died peacefully in her daughter’s home in Alamosa in fall 2004.
You can have five hundred Mexicanos in one room. And there’s eight gringos in that room. And these Mexicanos are trying to get ahead. The other Mexicanos will pull you down. They will not let you get ahead. I can’t figure out why. Instead of boosting your own raza to go ahead, get up there, make the best you can. If I can’t do it maybe you can. Oh no, its like, “If I can’t, you can’t, and tough luck. ” TEDDY MADRID ON IDENTITY, TERMINOLOGY, AND PREJUDICE Bernadette Vigil pointed out one of the problems of institutionalized inequality (Lorde 1984): the racism and prejudice of the broader society filtered down to those on the bottom of the socioeconomic scale, and they internalized the negative feelings about their group and pushed themselves down.
The whites did have better jobs. They were better educated. So they had an advantage. And the Chicanos who did have businesses here—it was because they had a better education. We didn’t show off what we had. We weren’t brought up that way. But some liked to show off what they had. [They called them] lambes. . To this day you’ll go, “Eh, a bunch of lambes” [laughs]. You know, like a lick-ass? That’s what they are. Lambes. ” That’s a lambe. ” You can have five hundred Mexicanos in one room. And there’s eight gringos in that room.
A Tortilla Is Like Life: Food and Culture in the San Luis Valley of Colorado (Louann Atkins Temple Women & Culture) by Carole M. Counihan