Anita González's Afro-Mexico: Dancing between Myth and Reality PDF

By Anita González

ISBN-10: 0292737440

ISBN-13: 9780292737440

Whereas Africans and their descendants have lived in Mexico for hundreds of years, many Afro-Mexicans don't examine themselves to be both black or African. for nearly a century, Mexico has promoted a fantastic of its electorate as having a mix of indigenous and eu ancestry. This obscures the presence of African, Asian, and different populations that experience contributed to the expansion of the kingdom. despite the fact that, functionality studies—of dance, track, and theatrical events—reveal the impression of African humans and their cultural productions on Mexican society.

In this paintings, Anita González articulates African ethnicity and artistry in the broader landscape of Mexican tradition by way of that includes dance occasions which are played both by means of Afro-Mexicans or through different ethnic Mexican teams approximately Afro-Mexicans. She illustrates how dance displays upon social histories and relationships and files how citizens of a few sectors of Mexico build their histories via functionality. pageant dances and, occasionally, specialist staged dances aspect to a continual negotiation between local American, Spanish, African, and different ethnic identities in the evolving state of Mexico. those performances include the cellular histories of ethnic encounters simply because every one dance encompasses a spectrum of characters dependent upon neighborhood events and ancient thoughts.

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The | 32 | a fro -me x ico Totonacs perform a Negritos dance in which they imitate a black woman curing her child of snakebite. In contrast, in other areas of Mexico like the Costa Chica, Afro-Mexicans have a history of fishing and seafaring. The Negritos dance on the Costa Chica differs from the Totonac Negritos dance in that Afro-Mexicans are presented as fishermen who hunt and chase alligators. For mainstream mestizo populations, geographic and economic landscapes determine what is perceived as black.

Mexico has always been a country with strong local politics that are loosely coordinated through governing agencies. The regionalism that defines the country greatly influences the social conditions and moral codes of Mexico’s residents. Despite this challenge, governing bodies (especially during the colonial period and again after the Mexican Revolution) have repeatedly tried to centralize the country’s politics. Mexico differs from the United States in that the first European arrivals in Mexico were individual Spanish explorers seeking glory and wealth.

Cortés collaborated with local Native American nations to form loyalties that would ultimately lead to the overthrow of the Aztec empire. Technologies that supported the conquest included metal weaponry and horses. Cortés, in particular, was a master of military strategy. He boldly used the spectacles of firepower and horsemanship to awe and subdue opposing forces. He also nurtured human relationships. One of the explorer’s most potent tools was the translations of La Malinche, later known as Doña Marina, a Native American woman from the Coatzacoalcos region who was traded to Tabascan leaders.

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