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 additionally to maintain their tradition and their lifeways. among 1996 and 2006, anthropologist Carole Counihan amassed food-centered lifestyles histories from nineteen Mexicanas—Hispanic American women—who had long-standing roots within the top Rio Grande zone. The interviews during this groundbreaking examine fascinated with southern Colorado Hispanic foodways—beliefs and behaviors surrounding nutrients construction, distribution, training, and consumption.
In this publication, Counihan positive aspects broad excerpts from those interviews to provide voice to the ladies of Antonito and spotlight their views. 3 strains of inquiry are framed: feminist ethnography, Latino cultural citizenship, and Chicano environmentalism. Counihan files how Antonito's Mexicanas determine a feeling of position and belonging via their wisdom of land and water and use this data to maintain their households and groups. girls play a tremendous function by means of gardening, canning, and drying greens; creating wealth to shop for nutrients; cooking; and feeding family members, associates, and associates on traditional and festive events. They use nutrition to solder or holiday relationships and to specific contrasting emotions of concord and generosity, or enmity and envy. The interviews during this e-book demonstrate that those Mexicanas are creative prone whose nutrition paintings contributes to cultural survival.
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Extra resources for A Tortilla Is Like Life: Food and Culture in the San Luis Valley of Colorado (Louann Atkins Temple Women & Culture)
Janice DeHerrera doing an interview in her dining room. small farmer-ranchers who ran a store out of their home. After completing elementary school, she went to Loretto Academy boarding school in Santa Fe, where she started calling herself Helen, and later to Adams State College. At twenty-six she married Carlos Ruybal, a rancher, who died in 1982. Together, little by little, they amassed about a thousand acres and a sizable cattle operation while Helen taught school. Their daughter, Carla, who was born in 1933 and died in 1981, and their son, Ben, who was born in 1934, both became teachers.
My father had blue eyes and was very fair. Lots of times he was mistaken for Anglo. He laughed. I don’t think he resented it; he thought it was funny. I think [being Hispanic] is a good thing. I never found it any bad. But I was thinking when you had asked me that question about prejudice, and then I remembered the Alamosa hospital. That must have been in '38 or '39. I went to the hospital and I remember I was in a wheelchair and these two nurses were in back of me and they were talking. At the hospital they had a section where they put the Spanish and one where they put the Anglos, and they were saying, “Where can we put her?
Because there are so many complaining about the Mexicans coming in, or the Guatemalans, to work, and I’m for them because I feel so bad. Every time they catch a truck full of Mexicans and return them back, oh, it hurts me. The only natives are the Indians; we’re all immigrants, we all came from another place. So that’s what I think. ” If you’re Indian, then you can complain, but otherwise, no. We all came from Spain or from Mexico, but we all came; well, we were born here, but not our ancestors.