THIS WEEK ON LATINOPIA: RICARDO ROMO’S TEJANO REPORT ON JOE LÓPEZ KEEPS LATINO CULTURAL HERITAGE VISIBLE, FRANK BERUMEN ON WHEN WILL THE U.S. RECOGNIZE GENOCIDE OF NATIVE AMERICANS, PAUL ANDREW HUTTON ON APACHE WARS AND SIHASIN NATIVE AMERICAN MUSIC DUO PERFORMS “THEY CAN’T HOLD YOU DOWN.”
In this month’s Tejano Report Ricardo Romo visits with San Antonio artist and muralist Joe López who is keeping Chicano/Latino culture alive and well with his art works.
Also this month, in light of President Biden recognizing the genocide perpetrated on Armenians more than 100 years ago, Frank Berumen asks why has the United States failed to call out the equally horrendous and verifiable genocide against Native Americans in the United States? Frank gives a thorough history of U.S. violence against Native peoples from the time of the conquest forward and points out that native Americans today are still the most impoverished minority in this country.
Dr. Paul Andrew Hutton, author of Apache Wars, reminds us of the great injustice the Apache nation suffered at the hands of the United States government in one of two video interviews on the Apache Wars.
Sister and brother musical team, Jeneda and Clayson Benally , are Sihasin, a musical group from the Navajo (Diné) Nation in Northern Arizona. Sihasin in Navajo means ” to think with hope and assurance.” The duo combine bass, drums and original lyrics into songs that empower the human spirit. They performed their song “Can’t Hold You Down” at the 2013 Las Cruces Border Book Festival. By way of a reminder, Latinopia believes that our Native Americans brothers and sisters are part of the larger familia de la raza. Most Latinos carry some Native American blood in our veins–be it Aztec, Taino, Zapotec, Yaqui or any number of other nations. Latinopia is a home for all of us.
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