THIS WEEK ON LATINOPIA: RUDY ANAYA ON POETRY, APACHE WARS 2, DON FELIPE ON RESTORING GERONIMO’S PLACE IN HISTORY, ALVARO HUERTA’S FIERCE POLITICS AND JOSÉ MURATTI’S UTOPIAS DESCIFRADAS.
Welcome to another week of Latinopia! This week we post the second part of our two-part look at the Apache Wars (1861-1890). Once having dominion over vast territories in Arizona and New Mexico, the Apache people soon became an obstacle to American westward expansion. Vastly outgunned and outnumbered, the last Apache holdouts were eventually arrested and sent to prisons in Florida, far away from their homeland. Latinopia interviewed Historian Paul Andrew Hutton and asked him is the vanquishing of the Apachepepole was inevitable.
Accompanying the Hutton interview we repost a blog by Don Felipe Ortego calling for a renewed look at the legacy of the Apache leader Geronimo. He calls for restoring Geronimo’s place in history not as an outlaw but as a heroic defender of his people. Check it out!
Also this week, a new video with acclaimed author Rudolfo Anaya. After a lifetime of fictoin writings, in 2015, Anaya published his first book of poetry. Latinopia asked him why it took so long and what motivates him to write a poem.
Alvaro Huerta returns with his Fierce Politics column, this week recalling the day his father met celebrated farm labor leader César Chávez, a meeting with a surprising exchange.
Our San Juan Puerto Rico-based poet José Muratti Toro returns with his Utopias Descifradas blog, this week looking at “Lessosn of Humanity.” Don’t miss this pesao poem.
Enjoy your week on Latinopia!