Veteranas & Rucas: Curator Misses an Opportunity to Explain Chicana/o Identity to the Mainstream Press

Guadalupe Rosales’s popular Instagram account, Veteranas and Rucas, has been receiving press coverage for the past few months. The account provides a glimpse into the Los Angeles area party crew, chola scene from the ‘80s and ‘90s, but occasionally, she will share images from the ‘60s and ‘70s or even earlier. The goal of the account is to highlight a segment of Chicano culture that is often maligned and overlooked.

In a recent interview with Elle magazine, Rosales said the following:

“Chicano is someone who is first or second generation; for example, my parents were born in Mexico and migrated to the U.S., and I was born in California. So I’m Mexican American/Chicano. Latino could be anyone who is Mexican or Central American or South American. My parents are Latinos, and so is someone from El Salvador.”

Elle’s author, Kira Garcia, accepted this definition without pushback or clarification. Rosales’s narrow definition of Chicano by generational status in the US leaves out a lot of gente, especially those with roots in the Southwest states that go back more than one or two generations.

Rosales’s statement also ignores the political identity and consciousness that those who identify as Chicano have. Primarily, those who identify as Chicano not only have a cultural awareness of their Mexican ancestry but also acknowledge the social and political activism of the movement in the ‘60s and ‘70s that brought us to where we are today.

Collecting photos from Chicano Los Angeles in the 1990s beyond party crews would indicate that there was a lot of political activity going on, especially with the anti-immigrant Proposition 187 that prompted protests and high school student walkouts. Just prior to Proposition 187’s passage, there was the well-publicized fight for Chicano studies at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1993.

When Rosales says that Latinos could be anyone who is Mexican or Central American or South American, she gives credence to a pan-Latino identity that many Mexicans and Chicanos have sought to distinguish themselves from. The term Latino doesn’t acknowledge indigenous roots, whereas Chicano, coming from the word ‘Mexica,’ does.

Because of her Instagram following and press coverage of her work, Rosales might be viewed as an authority on Chicanismo in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Hopefully, she will take into account some of the things that gente were doing beyond house parties and cruises that reflect the desire to improve our collective condition, while acknowledging that Chicanos cannot conveniently be put into a box that suits her liking or that of the editors of corporate media outlets.

— by Adriana Maestas (@AdrianaMaestas)

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Indigenous Knowledges: Pedagogies, Spirit Work & Storytelling at UC Davis (2/1/16)

Indigenous Knowledges

Indigenous Knowledges

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2016 Zapata March (April 9,2016 at Chicano Park 10am)

2016 Zapata March

2016 Zapata March

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prose for Aneb Kgositsile

for Aneb Kgositsile

(wherever you may be)

 

1.

    ! Cuatemoc !

Mexica Fallen Eagle

” I embrace mankind

with trembling quetzal feathers

  with circlets of song

I give myself to the community”  **

 

flowing summer Earth Mother breeze

my hair regains former length/strength

grows in memory of fields of grass

mountain strongholds of resistance

in peace and patience gathered

alongside these violent assaults

upon our commuinties more resilient

 

we gather at the alter of danger

death wish out of sight we watch

it pass cold breath we sense are

repelled by its sickness

its natural bend

 

Sun Flash sparks wave capped water

seduce the duality into being we move

to a higher place view the rippled face

of Sun Danced radiant heat

 

we leave for Crow who will reclaim 

the heart of the enemy spit it out

turn it into seeds to grow onion

and tomato for our next taco dinner

 

3.

above the confusion of our caution

Parallel Universe our soul imbued

in common chaos love alone

will embrace the sincere wish

of Creation

 

crossroads are encouraged

to become the Road of Life

 

                                      Aztatl X

                                        2016

**

Temilotzin’s Poem

Mexica pre-columbian poet

(from Anales De Tlateloco)

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Oscar by Eric J. García (El Machete Illustrated)

Oscar

Oscar

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No Specific Pause (for the Kit Carson Tri-Centennial celebration 1996)

No Specific Pause

(for the Kit Carson Tri-Centennial celebration 1996)

 

feel sorry for you

at the city stop light 

Xikano bato dressed old school

fielding Brown Beret ‘chuco trajes

heaved up with his righteous rez carucha

todo madre homemade

scrapes and wounds a reflection

a Diego Rivera mural painting 

my favorite blending of free sunshine

 

clean white late model Lincoln Continental

lowered to the max spinners in mambo motion

Los Lobos tune wheel of good fortune

we nodded chin turned upward when

two college aged gabacha chicas

 

ridiculed camarada’s low rider slump posture

expensive shades baggy sag chino’s

y quien sabe que mas

pues vamonos

go!

 

magic trick up his sleeve

we know not from whence

the empty plastic bottle cometh

the missal missed the driver

caught her companion riding shot gun

 

I caught up to him at next stop light

to shout across the hundreds of years

of intolerance and racism “good throw ese!”

he-dog broke out in laughter the vehicle

with the wounded females caught up to us

 

tires screeched they sped away tossing

at one another whatever excess garbage

they could find abandoned fountain pens

                                           a windshield wiper

                                           empty fast food container

                                           pennies contribution for the pot

 

Freddie King

  1. Los style

 

as they sped away I thought

 

“now why can’t we all

just learn to get along”

 

E, Los Freddie King style?

                                                                            Aztatl

                                                                             2016

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Crocodile Tears by Eric J. García (El Machete Illustrated)

Crocodile Tears

Crocodile Tears

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Mental Health Cuts with a Sprinkling of Guns by Eric J. García (El Machete Illustrated)

Mental Health Cuts

Mental Health Cuts

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No Credentials

No Credentials

Written by Diane Benavides Rios

I walked across the border
drunk with hollow dreams.
Mezcal,

rage,

the moon,

and lowriders all became mirages here.


Here-mujeres y hombres
dance among crumbling walls.


There- are candles,
little children crying,
link fences. 


There is a butterfly close to death.


And still I ran,
hurried through
fields of horses,
rows of cotton,
streets of dust.
Payphones rang on the corners of the cement.

Then my feet stopped.
My hands laid on the sides of my thighs. 


I stood there.
Looked up to the sun and mourned my breath.

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Canícula: A Reading & Book Signing with Norma Elia Cantú at Resistencia Bookstore in Austin (1/9/16)

Canícula

Canícula

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Salmon Arts Presents

Canícula: A Reading and Book Signing with Norma Elia Cantú

Winner of the Premio Aztlán Literary Prize, Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera is Norma Elia Cantú’s fictionalized memoir of life in Laredo in the 1940s, 1950s, and early 1960s, it also represents a time between childhood and a still-unknown adulthood. Snapshots and the author’s re-created memories allow readers to experience the pivotal events of this world—births, deaths, injuries, fiestas, and rites of passage.

In celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the original publication, this updated edition includes newly written pieces as well as never-before-published images—culled from hundreds of the author’s family photos—adding further depth and insight into this unique contribution to Chicana literature.

Norma Elia Cantú is a professor of Latina/Latino studies and English at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

FMI:  http://www.unmpress.com/books.php?ID=…

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.

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