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 sector, but in addition to maintain their tradition and their lifeways. among 1996 and 2006, anthropologist Carole Counihan gathered 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 research interested by southern Colorado Hispanic foodways—beliefs and behaviors surrounding nutrients creation, distribution, guidance, and consumption.
In this publication, Counihan positive aspects huge excerpts from those interviews to provide 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 massive position by means of gardening, canning, and drying greens; being profitable to shop for nutrition; cooking; and feeding relations, neighbors, and acquaintances 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 booklet display that those Mexicanas are ingenious companies whose nutrition paintings contributes to cultural survival.
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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. I interviewed Teddy Madrid seven times between 2003 and 2006 after meeting her through Antonito Youth Baseball.
3 My maternal grandmother had gone to school with Miss Clemens, the missionary from New York or Pennsylvania, who came down here and set up the mission school in Mogote. My grandmother went to school there, and also my great-grandmother. They loved Miss Clemens. Even my mother knew Miss Clemens, although my mother did not go to the mission school. By my mother’s time they had the public school. My mother would take us to the Presbyterian church, and all our Sunday School instructions were in English.
They used to say brown, they’re all brown, and then the Anglos are white, I’m not used to that. It’s just of late that they just started that. Let’s say Chicanos or Mexicanos or gringos, but never by colors. I just don’t like it, I don’t know why. I try not to use it. I don’t like the word “gringo” either. 7 We’re all so mixed that we can’t say that we’re this or that. ” 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.
A Tortilla Is Like Life: Food and Culture in the San Luis Valley of Colorado (Louann Atkins Temple Women & Culture) by Carole M. Counihan