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 quarter, but additionally to maintain their tradition and their lifeways. among 1996 and 2006, anthropologist Carole Counihan accrued 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 learn taken with southern Colorado Hispanic foodways—beliefs and behaviors surrounding meals construction, distribution, training, and consumption.
In this ebook, Counihan positive factors huge 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 records 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 major function via gardening, canning, and drying greens; creating wealth to shop for foodstuff; cooking; and feeding kinfolk, neighbors, and associates on usual and festive events. They use meals to solder or holiday relationships and to precise contrasting emotions of concord and generosity, or enmity and envy. The interviews during this publication display that those Mexicanas are imaginative services whose foodstuff paintings contributes to cultural survival.
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A Tortilla Is Like Life: Food and Culture in the San Luis Valley of Colorado (Louann Atkins Temple Women & Culture Series) (Louann Atkins Temple Women & Culture (Numbered)) by Carole M. Counihan