THIS WEEK ON LATINOPIA: SAL BALDENEGRO ON SACRED INDIAN LANDS, BURUNDANGA BORCIUA LOOKS AT PUERTO RICAN PATRIOTISM, GUEST BLOGGER MARGARITO GARCIA III LOOKS AT BLACK CHICANOS, AN OSCAR CASTILLO FILM ON A CLASSIC MURAL, AND ANGELA’S PHOTO OF THE WEEK.
Qúe pues, nuez? Your Tia Tenopia welcoming you to another week of Latinopia. This week’s blogs run the gamut of Latino identity. El Zocotroco (Gugo Umpierre) examines the notion of Puerto Rican nationalism in the first of a two part essay on “La Patria.” This is an important, thoughtful piece–part one this week and part two coming in March.
Sal Baldenegro covers our Indian heritage with a look at a current controversy involving the Apache tribe of the San Carlos Reservation and copper mining giant Rio Tinto in Superior, Arizona. Will Tinto Rio destroy sacred Apache lands?
Guest blogger Dr. Margarito Garcia III brings us a provocative look at a little mentioned aspect of Latino identity–Black Chicanos. Have you ever heard of Estebanico? Check it out.
Our video this week is a film by noted photographer Oscar Castillo. In 1973 he profiled East Los Angeles muralist Willie Herron and what has become a classic iconic mural, “The Wall that Cracked Open.” Herron painted this stunning mural in the same ally where his brother was attacked by gang member s and nearly killed. You’ll love this film!
And, of course, don’t miss Angela Ortiz’s latest Photo of the Week!