By Carole M. Counihan
Positioned 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 sector, but additionally to maintain their tradition and their lifeways. among 1996 and 2006, anthropologist Carole Counihan amassed food-centred lifestyles histories from nineteen Mexicanas - Hispanic American girls - who had long-standing roots within the top Rio Grande sector. The interviews during this groundbreaking research all for southern Colorado Hispanic foodways - ideals and behaviors surrounding nutrients creation, distribution, training, and intake. during this publication, Counihan positive factors huge excerpts from those interviews to offer 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 identify 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 tremendous position by means of gardening, canning, and drying greens; making a living to shop for foodstuff; cooking; and feeding relatives, associates, and friends 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 creative companies whose foodstuff paintings contributes to cultural survival.
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It was a very large class. ” And then I wrote it “Mexican American” without the hyphen. I told them my presentation was going to be on the Mexican American. I erased the Mexican American hyphenated, I erased it. I talked about how the United States came in and took over New Mexico. I mentioned the prejudice that existed toward Mexican Americans. The class was horrible, horrible. They just hated everything I was saying. Oh yes.
We bought pamphlets—little books, one line in English and one in Spanish and all the little lessons. I tried to use it, like if I said, “I like to play, me gusta jugar, I like to play,” because I was learning to read and that was getting installed in my mind. I would just spend nights reading the pamphlets, and I finally learned to understand English. By the time I went to school, I wasn’t lost. More or less I could read and nobody taught me. When I went to school, kids my age didn’t know a word of English.
Asuncionita raised five children, ran the household, raised chickens, sold eggs, and later worked at the local credit union. She was a cheerful, no-nonsense person who spoke her mind with a smile and opened her home to her children and grandchildren. I interviewed Asuncionita’s youngest child, Martha, twice, and we talked on many more occasions at baseball games, family parties, and her home. Martha was born in Antonito and lived there much of her life, graduating from Antonito high school in 1987.
A Tortilla Is Like Life: Food and Culture in the San Luis Valley of Colorado by Carole M. Counihan