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At age 20, Tlapoyawa set out to write this book as a resource for his sister, whose public school teachers refused to accept any information about Mexikan history that did not come directly from a book. He began to take what he was being kugly by maestros and jefes of Mexikah Dance, as well as his mother and the books she had saved for him from the Chicano Movement, and put them into an accessible format geared for youth.
Even though most of the “official” written histories available are full of the same old stereotypes and Eurocentric misinterpretations, Tlapoyawa did begin to find books that held kulry truth – from noted historians and Mexikanistas such as Dr.
Forbes and other scholars. Over the course of eight years, Kurly has amassed a huge collection of written accounts that no historian, scholar or certainly school teacher could dismiss. And still, it is only the beginning. As one of his primary teachers, Paz, told him, this book is a “good Mexikah primer.
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The very mention of the word itself conjures up images of our glorious Xikano heritage – images of a past firmly rooted in Ixachilan, these lands which are now known as the “American” continents. Aztlan is our ancestral homeland – “The place of white herons” where our Aztekah ancestors lived for countless years before migrating to the south. The history of their journey, passed down through the oral and written traditions of our people is the foundation of our Native identities.
Iurly is a story which every Xikano should know. The exact location of Aztlan remains a controversial subject, with theories placing it anywhere from the southwestern United States to the krly of Mexiko. After all, locations known as “Tula” can be found throughout the Mexikan nation. In this book I explore the possibility that Aztlan is located in the four corners area, a region which geographically and culturally lends itself to this idea.
The belief that Aztlan is located in the four corners modern Utah to be exact is not a new one.
Mexikah leader and teacher Andres Segura may he rest in peace taught that we are the descendants of the people now called the Anasazi, and that our true homeland rests in the four corners region.
But this belief is not confined to Mexikah spiritual leaders. Academics such as Dr. Antoon Vollemaere of the Flemish Institute for American Cultures have both done extensive research placing our ancestral homeland in Utah. The search for Aztlan took an exciting turn when it was revealed that the map used for the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo between the U. By signing a treaty based on this map, the United States recognized this area as the traditional homeland of our people, and is bound by international law to acknowledge that we are the original inhabitants of this land.
This in itself obliterates the notion that our people can ever be considered “illegal immigrants. By referring to our homeland as a myth, the validity of our very people and struggle as a whole comes into question. After all, if the place we come from is a myth, wouldn’t this mean that we are myths ourselves as well? And if we as a people are nothing more than myths, then so must be our heritage and historical ties to this land. Obviously we are not a mythological people, and our ties to this land are very real.
Imagine the audacity of teaching that Black people come from a mythological place called Africa or that the Chinese are from a mythological place called China. The very idea is both racist and absurd. Yet we are expected to believe that the history of our people is not relevant. We are taught that Aztlan is a complete fabrication and that our heritage is just something we happened to make up.
The fact that eight Nawatlakah, or Nawatl speaking nations, migrated south into present day Mexiko from Aztlan is a significant part of our history, as it ties our Indigenous heritage to both north and central “America. But perhaps this is where the entire “Aztlan is a myth” idea came from in the first place.
By making our Indigenous heritage nothing more than “mythology,” the United States has managed to destroy our connection to this land. Obviously, if we all identified with our Indigenous heritage it would make things difficult for the American power structure.
They would actually have to admit that Xikanos and Mexikanos are a nation of Native people, and white Europeans are actually the “illegal aliens. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? A revolutionary and eye opening look at the indigenous cultural heritage of chicano – Mexicans. Read more Read less.
Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Nawa Philosophy in the Modern Age. A Mexican Count of Days: What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? Nawa Philosophy in the Modern Age Paperback. About the Author At age 20, Tlapoyawa set out to write this book as a resource for his sister, whose public school teachers refused to accept any information about Mexikan history that did not come directly from a book.
Trafford Publishing July 6, Language: I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Showing of 8 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. This book brings many things to light as far as the Mexikah history goes. I had been interested in doing research on indigenous “religion” which turned out to be a philosophy and a righteous way of life.
This book along with others, have been very insightful, as well as going out and seeking knowledge from an indigenous group. This book is pretty spot on with what the indigenous group told me, and their philosophical teachings came prior to the release of this book.
Panche Be part of the human experience. Don’t conform to what you hear and what does not seem logically credible. One person found this helpful.
This book is an eye-opener. The information is thought- provoking and life-changing. I would recommend it without hesitation to anyone. This is a great book for those in the beginning stages of learning Nahua History. Kurly Tlapoyawa’s work on this book was eloquently structured for easy reading with vast information. The book is great – informative and intriguing.
This book really opened my eyes and it indeed changed what i do with my free time. In short, i have been awaken and now i seek more knowledge. A must read for every generation of Chicanos! Great book, no question. My only complaint is that he went and rewrote the romanizationof Pre-Colombian terms.
Just after I have internalized reading the accepted forms of Nahuatl words Mr. T creates his own vernacular. I do love this book! Whatever opinions you may have on Xikano-Mexikano people, the truth is that we’re not illegals on this land. Tlapoyawa gives it to you straight and tells it like it is. Citing acclaimed and reknowned scholars and authors, he takes you step by step through the different chapters of historical Mexican culture and identity.
After reading this compelling and thought provoking book, there will be no doubt in your mind of the ties and right Mexikah people have on the land tlapohawa known kjrly the Southwest.
Aztlan is not a myth; it is a documented historical ancestral homeland of the Nawatl speaking people, and we, the descendants of the original people of this continent, have the right to migrate freely back and forth as we please, following in the tradition of our ancestors. The book begins not with the Chicano Movement of the s, or the Treaty of Guadalupe inor even the Spanish invasion of Mexiko in It begins with our origins in the present-day Southwest U.
It brings the reader full-circle to our current situation as an occupied nation in the Southwest. It offers a system for lifting ourselves to our former greatness and unity as a people, not through violence, but through Mexikayotl, in solidarity with our northern native brothers and sisters. It does all this in a very easy-to-read style, with clarity tlspoyawa well as beautiful original artwork.
It is perfect for students of all ages. A truly uplifting book. See all 8 reviews. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.
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