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Author Rodríguez, Roberto Cintli, 1954-

Title Our Sacred Maíz is Our Mother : Indigeneity and Belonging in the Americas / Roberto Cintli Rodríguez ; with Paula Domingo Olivares, Irma Tzirin Socop, Francisco Pos, Alicia Seyler, Mama Angelbertha Cobb, Tata Cuaxtle Felix Evodio, Luz Maria de la Torre, and Maria Molina
Published Tucson : University of Arizona Press, 2014
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Contents ""Contents""; ""List of Illustrations""; ""Acknowledgments""; ""A Note on Translation""; ""Cente Tlakatl Ke Cente Cintli -- Paula Domingo Olivares""; ""Prologue""; ""Introduction: Okichike ka Centeotzintli""; ""MaÃz Sagrado -- Francisco Pos and Irma Tzirin Socop""; ""Chapter 1. Spiritual Colonization: A Totalizing Reframing Project""; ""Zazanil Xilotl Huehue Tlahtolli -- Tata Cuaxtle Félix Evodio""; ""Chapter 2. MaÃz Narratives and Counternarratives: When “Our Storyâ€? Begins""; ""¡Qué Buenas las Gorditas Rellenas! -- Maestra Angelbertha Cobb""; ""Chapter 3. The Aztlanahuac Maps""
""Appendix 1. Nahua-Maya Expressions""""Appendix 2. Abbreviated Bibliocartography""; ""Appendix 3. The Aztlanahuac Interviews""; ""Notes""; ""References""; ""Index""
""Saramamalla (Ã?ukanchik Mamashina) -- Luz MarÃa de la Torre""""Chapter 4. MaÃz as Civilizational Impulse and the Tortilla as Symbol of Cultural Resistance""; ""The Elements to Create -- MarÃa Molina Vai Sevoi""; ""Chapter 5. Primary Process and Principio: A Return to the Root""; ""En el Umbral de la AgonÃa del MaÃz Azul -- Verónica Castillo Hernández""; ""Chapter 6. Axis Mundi: From Aztlan to MaÃz""; ""Epilogue: Resistance/Creation Culture and Seven MaÃz-Based Values""; ""Ohoyo Osh Chisba -- Alicia Seyler, Choctaw""; ""The Children of La Llorona""
Summary "'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."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Corn -- Social aspects -- Four Corners Region.
Indians of North America -- Agriculture -- Four Corners Region.
Indians of North America -- Food -- Four Corners Region.
Mexican Americans -- Ethnic identity.
Mexicans -- Ethnic identity.
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