9780816530618-0816530610-Our Sacred Maíz Is Our Mother: Indigeneity and Belonging in the Americas

Our Sacred Maíz Is Our Mother: Indigeneity and Belonging in the Americas

ISBN-13: 9780816530618
ISBN-10: 0816530610
Edition: First
Author: Rodríguez, Roberto Cintli
Publication date: 2014
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Format: Paperback 288 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780816530618
ISBN-10: 0816530610
Edition: First
Author: Rodríguez, Roberto Cintli
Publication date: 2014
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Format: Paperback 288 pages

Summary

Acknowledged authors Rodríguez, Roberto Cintli wrote Our Sacred Maíz Is Our Mother: Indigeneity and Belonging in the Americas comprising 288 pages back in 2014. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0816530610 and 9780816530618. Since then Our Sacred Maíz Is Our Mother: Indigeneity and Belonging in the Americas textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 16.30 or rent at the marketplace.

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“If you want to know who you are and where you come from, follow the maíz.” That was the advice given to author Roberto Cintli Rodriguez when he was investigating the origins and migrations of Mexican peoples in the Four Corners region of the United States.

Follow it he did, and his book Our Sacred Maíz Is Our Mother changes the way we look at Mexican Americans. Not so much peoples created as a result of war or invasion, they are people of the corn, connected through a seven-thousand-year old maíz culture to other Indigenous inhabitants of the continent. Using corn as the framework for discussing broader issues of knowledge production and history of belonging, the author looks at how corn was included in codices and Mayan texts, how it was discussed by elders, and how it is represented in theater and stories as a way of illustrating that Mexicans and Mexican Americans share a common culture.

Rodriguez brings together scholarly and traditional (elder) knowledge about the long history of maíz/corn cultivation and culture, its roots in Mesoamerica, and its living relationship to Indigenous peoples throughout the continent, including Mexicans and Central Americans now living in the United States. The author argues that, given the restrictive immigration policies and popular resentment toward migrants, a continued connection to maíz culture challenges the social exclusion and discrimination that frames migrants as outsiders and gives them a sense of belonging not encapsulated in the idea of citizenship. The “hidden transcripts” of corn in everyday culture—art, song, stories, dance, and cuisine (maíz-based foods like the tortilla)—have nurtured, even across centuries of colonialism, the living maíz culture of ancient knowledge.

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