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 zone, but in addition to maintain their tradition and their lifeways. among 1996 and 2006, anthropologist Carole Counihan accrued food-centered existence histories from nineteen Mexicanas—Hispanic American women—who had long-standing roots within the higher Rio Grande quarter. The interviews during this groundbreaking research enthusiastic about southern Colorado Hispanic foodways—beliefs and behaviors surrounding foodstuff construction, distribution, training, and consumption.
In this booklet, Counihan gains vast 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 records how Antonito's Mexicanas identify 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 massive function by way of gardening, canning, and drying greens; creating wealth to shop for meals; cooking; and feeding kinfolk, pals, and pals on usual and festive events. They use nutrients to solder or holiday relationships and to precise contrasting emotions of concord and generosity, or enmity and envy. The interviews during this ebook demonstrate that those Mexicanas are inventive prone whose nutrition paintings contributes to cultural survival.
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Census. Yet in this small and predominantly monoethnic community, women’s stories revealed a notable variety of self-definitions. Different women used different terms to define their ethnic identities, and some changed their preferred terms over the course of their lives in response to changing social forces and political consciousness. They held strong opinions about terms they liked and did not like. They privileged different parts of their heritage—which in many cases encompassed Spanish, Indian, Anglo, and Mexican roots.
On my dad’s side, they made fun because he left the Catholic Church, and he never went back after he married my mother. That was a choice that he made, and my grandmother was very angry. She was very disturbed about that. My aunt, to the day my dad died, she was trying to get him back, paying Masses for him. I am very astute about people’s motives, and I can distinguish between ignorance and prejudice and prejudice that is subtle and different kinds of prejudice. Is it prejudice because I am Hispanic?
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. degree from Adams State College in 1995. In 1989 she married a man from Durango, Mexico, whom she had met at college. They lived for several years in California and had two children. After the marriage fell apart, Martha returned to Antonito with her children to live in a double-wide manufactured home near her parents, unmarried older sister, and married brother.
A Tortilla Is Like Life: Food and Culture in the San Luis Valley of Colorado (Louann Atkins Temple Women & Culture) by Carole M. Counihan