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 region, but additionally to maintain their tradition and their lifeways. among 1996 and 2006, anthropologist Carole Counihan amassed food-centered existence histories from nineteen Mexicanas—Hispanic American women—who had long-standing roots within the top Rio Grande zone. The interviews during this groundbreaking learn concerned about southern Colorado Hispanic foodways—beliefs and behaviors surrounding meals creation, distribution, practise, and consumption.
In this e-book, Counihan good points vast 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 files 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 an immense function via gardening, canning, and drying greens; making a living to shop for foodstuff; cooking; and feeding relatives, buddies, 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 ebook display that those Mexicanas are imaginitive companies whose nutrition paintings contributes to cultural survival.
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We all came from Spain or from Mexico, but we all came; well, we were born here, but not our ancestors. ” I know part of them came from Spain. I don’t know the rest. Ramona and many others said that their roots lay in Spain, but they had limited knowledge about their ancestry, a fact that contributed to their complex and conflicted ethnic identity. ” Identity and Ethnicity in Antonito 33 It is likely that the historical discrimination against Mexicans in the United States and the recent anti-immigration fervor worked against a strong identification with Mexico.
I interviewed Teddy Madrid seven times between 2003 and 2006 after meeting her through Antonito Youth Baseball. Her grandsons, John and Food-Centered Life Histories in Antonito, Colorado 15 Anthony, were the same ages as my sons, played on the same team, and were among their best friends in town. Born Teodora Sofia Ruybal in 1934, the second of nine children, Teddy graduated from the Las Mesitas school and attended Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado, for two years, then transferred to Adams State College in Alamosa from which she graduated cum laude in 1960.
Even with the few white people who were here, they would try to put the Hispanic person in their place. 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?
A Tortilla Is Like Life: Food and Culture in the San Luis Valley of Colorado (Louann Atkins Temple Women & Culture) by Carole M. Counihan