By Roberto Cintli Rodríguez
stick to it he did, and his publication Our Sacred Maíz Is Our Mother adjustments the best way we glance at Mexican american citizens. no longer quite a bit peoples created because of warfare or invasion, they're humans of the corn, hooked up via a seven-thousand-year outdated maíz tradition to different Indigenous population of the continent. utilizing corn because the framework for discussing broader problems with wisdom construction and historical past of belonging, the writer appears to be like at how corn used to be integrated in codices and Mayan texts, the way it used to be mentioned by means of elders, and the way it really is represented in theater and tales as a manner of illustrating that Mexicans and Mexican american citizens proportion a standard culture.
Rodriguez brings jointly scholarly and standard (elder) wisdom in regards to the lengthy heritage of maíz/corn cultivation and tradition, its roots in Mesoamerica, and its dwelling dating to Indigenous peoples during the continent, together with Mexicans and significant americans now residing within the usa. the writer argues that, given the restrictive immigration rules and well known resentment towards migrants, a persevered connection to maíz tradition demanding situations the social exclusion and discrimination that frames migrants as outsiders and provides them a feeling of belonging now not encapsulated within the notion of citizenship. The “hidden transcripts” of corn in daily culture—art, tune, tales, dance, and food (maíz-based meals just like the tortilla)—have nurtured, even throughout centuries of colonialism, the dwelling maíz tradition of historic knowledge.