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 zone, but additionally to maintain their tradition and their lifeways. among 1996 and 2006, anthropologist Carole Counihan gathered food-centred existence histories from nineteen Mexicanas - Hispanic American ladies - who had long-standing roots within the higher Rio Grande sector. The interviews during this groundbreaking research fascinated by southern Colorado Hispanic foodways - ideals and behaviors surrounding nutrients creation, distribution, training, and intake. during this e-book, Counihan positive factors large 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 determine a feeling of position and belonging via their wisdom of land and water and use this data to maintain their households and groups. ladies play a big position by means of gardening, canning, and drying greens; getting cash to shop for foodstuff; cooking; and feeding relatives, pals, and acquaintances 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 e-book exhibit that those Mexicanas are imaginitive companies whose nutrition paintings contributes to cultural survival.
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I’ve lived all these places all my life, and this is actually home. Even though Albuquerque was my dad’s family’s, in the city, as a child, I never felt community. I complained about that, as a young child, that I wanted to move to the barrio. “Let’s get out of the suburbs. I want to be with my aunt. ” So finally I am with our people, our people, the family, the community, and you just can’t get community in the city—everybody’s doing their own thing, there’s no community. I just feel really sorry for anybody who hasn’t experienced it, because, even though it has all its drawbacks—everybody can be jealous of you, or mad at your whole family—it’s still a feeling of being a part of community that gets lost in a large city.
They’d give me a nickel every day and I’d buy an ice-cream cone. All I remember is getting my ice cream and eating it. ” and I said, “Yes, ma’am”—and he was a man. I have never forgotten that embarrassment. I don’t think the next day I bought ice cream. Seventy-years after this event, Ramona still remembered her embarrassment at speaking English incorrectly, which was a powerful catalyst to learn it well. She articulated the connection between language and culture by noting the many Spanish-language periodicals her family read when she was young; these periodicals played a key role in sustaining Hispanic culture in the Southwest, and their decline paralleled the imposition of English in the schools and the broader community (Rosales 1997).
20 A T O R T I L L A I S L I K E L I F E Helen: It looks like nothing, a pile of yarn, and a pile of strings, and little by little it’s coming to show that it’s going to be something and finally find out, oh, I did do something. Carole: It’s like mining for gold. You might get a pan full of pebbles, and then there’d be some gold nuggets, and that’s the way the interview is. Helen: Yeah. Carole: Sometimes we wander off and talk about gossip or whatever and sometimes you have gold-nugget stories.
A Tortilla Is Like Life: Food and Culture in the San Luis Valley of Colorado by Carole M. Counihan