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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 accumulated food-centered lifestyles histories from nineteen Mexicanas—Hispanic American women—who had long-standing roots within the top Rio Grande zone. The interviews during this groundbreaking examine all in favour of southern Colorado Hispanic foodways—beliefs and behaviors surrounding nutrients construction, distribution, education, and consumption.

In this e-book, Counihan positive aspects wide 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 information to maintain their households and groups. girls play an immense position by way of gardening, canning, and drying greens; making a living to shop for nutrition; cooking; and feeding relations, buddies, and acquaintances on usual and festive events. They use foodstuff to solder or holiday relationships and to precise contrasting emotions of concord and generosity, or enmity and envy. The interviews during this ebook display that those Mexicanas are innovative prone whose nutrients paintings contributes to cultural survival.

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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 accumulated food-centered lifestyles histories from nineteen Mexicanas—Hispanic American women—who had long-standing roots within the top Rio Grande zone. The interviews during this groundbreaking examine all in favour of southern Colorado Hispanic foodways—beliefs and behaviors surrounding nutrients construction, distribution, education, and consumption.

In this e-book, Counihan positive aspects wide 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 information to maintain their households and groups. girls play an immense position by way of gardening, canning, and drying greens; making a living to shop for nutrition; cooking; and feeding relations, buddies, and acquaintances on usual and festive events. They use foodstuff to solder or holiday relationships and to precise contrasting emotions of concord and generosity, or enmity and envy. The interviews during this ebook display that those Mexicanas are innovative prone whose nutrients paintings contributes to cultural survival.

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She held several secretarial jobs, married and divorced twice, and had one adult daughter who lived in Denver. Food permeated Bernadette’s life and relationships, and I have written about her before (Counihan 2002, 2005). 9 In my younger years, in the sixties, I was living in Pueblo. I was in that La Raza Unida! There was a bunch of us. We had the posters of Ché and, oh lord have mercy, I can’t believe half the stuff I was involved in. We would go to rallies, and we’d go to the meetings. It was unfair what they were doing with Chicanos, that we were at the lower levels.

They’ll ridicule outsiders who are tourists because they perceive them as being people with money coming through here, and they don’t see what they will do to the community by being here. When I talk to outsiders, right away when they find out you’re from Antonito, they have a negative [response], because they don’t know if they like you. We’re not seen as very civilized. They’re afraid of us, and their perception is that this is a lawless place. It was a place to come for dances in the past, and people got into a lot of fights.

Ramona had an excellent memory of her childhood days on the family ranch on the north bank of the Conejos River, just east of the hamlet of Guadalupe. She had two siblings—an older sister, Elena, who became a teacher, married, and moved to New Mexico; and an older brother, Cres, who took over the family ranch after their father retired and ran it with his wife, Lucy, and their five children. After Cres died, Ramona remained close to her sister-in-law, nieces, and nephews, who lived far and wide but visited her often.

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