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Since my first year of the Ph. Maylei Blackwell. I could not have chosen a better comittee than you all. Your mentorship has gone beyond an academic support and I cherish all the intellectual lessons and challenges you have brought my way. The lessons are many and words not enough.
Finally, to my family, this is yet another dedication in my growth in academia. My sisters, Maricela and Liliana for teaching their kids my nephews the importance of staying involved with our community in danza and in the banda. I grew-up in an apartment in Mid-City Los Angeles with my sisters and my parents. In my home my parents spoke their Native language, Zapotec, as well as Spanish.
My parents always inculcated their desire for their children to be involved and help out the Zoochina community. When I was seven years old my sister and I performed a dance, Los Malinches, which the Zoochina diaspora in Los Angeles put together for the young 1. My sister was the first female band member to play in the band.
But if we pick up the pieces and use them in new ways that honor their integrity, their colors, textures, stories—then we do those pieces justice, no matter how sharp they are, no matter how much handling them slices our fingers and makes us bleed. Zapotecs, make up a population of more than 60, in Los Angeles.
I ask: How do U. How is comunalidad carried out and maintained within a transnational context to create belonging as Bene Xhiin Zapotec to refer to Zoochina while at the same time challenging U.
The numbers may be greater since the study was last done, especially if we take into consideration the U. Here, I am using it to refer to Mexico as an occupied land, acknowledging that before states or a nation-state, there were Native Nations. In my literature review section, I further explore this historic Euro-settler trend as it pertains to indigenous peoples from Mexico. How do different generations of Zapotecs living in the diaspora re create these identities and forms of belonging?
I consider the indigenous Oaxacan conception of communal life— comunalidad communality or collectiveness —to understand current forms of continual community participation in Los Angeles, particularly as it relates to women. My work centers on women because they are central actors that strengthen Zoochina Zapotec survival and longevity across generations in diaspora through storytelling, teaching and practicing ways of being Zapotec. Very few studies on indigenous migrants have focused on the experiences of U.
I refer to this as, transnational comunalidad, the indigenous ideology and practice of communal belonging and being across generations in diaspora. While some generations may differ in ways they maintain or re-create belonging, these have been continual across place, space, and even land.
Historically, it has been a Zapotec town, until twenty years ago when another 10 I use Zoochina, Zoochinense, Zapotec, and indigenous interchangeably, except where noted. When using American Indian s I refer to indigenous peoples in what is now the U. Most of the membership is composed of the 1. However, there is also non-Oaxacan membership in many of these folkloric dance groups. I look at how Zapotec students who are involved with their community re-create their indigenous identity once in college.
Zoochina still remains mostly a Zapotec town, followed by Chinantecs, and a couple of Mixes an indigenous group whose Native region borders that of Zapotecs and Chinantecs and which is on the eastern highlands of Oaxaca. Historically, the Zoochina diaspora in the United States has been Zapotecs. These perspectives not only erases indigenous migrant experiences and their U. Years of forced assimilation, and other settler-colonial moves, have plagued Native peoples in both states and throughout many countries of the Western hemisphere.
As Zapotecs, our communities have come to re conceptualize their identity within and across settler-states. Assimilation discourse is also centered on whiteness.
Of which for both countries, the settler education system was key for assimilation and acculturation. I start with the literature review that briefly situates my work in opposition to assimilation and acculturation theory that argues that U.
While groundbreaking, previous stories of indigenous Oaxacans have been told from a social movements and ethnic perspective in cultural anthropology and sociology. From an interdisciplinary and a critical indigenous studies approach, my research offers an alternative perspective that looks at both the experiences of indigenous migrants and their U.
Gregory D. Smithers and Brooke N. The second section of this thesis is based on qualitative and ethnographic fieldwork I conducted from Summer to Spring I conducted a total of twelve in-depth interviews with both men and women of the migrant generation between the ages 20 to 40, including the 1.
These interviews took place in the preferred location of my interviewees, usually their homes, with the exception of one interviewee where we went to a local non-profit coffee shop in South L. Specifically, in this section, I discuss the many reasons why I chose to write about the 1. In my final section, I analyze what it means for these generations to have grown up as part of the Zapotec community in Los Angeles.
This is a particularly interesting group because they grew up decades after the indigenous Oaxacan diaspora was beginning to settle in the area. I also examine their experiences as indigenous women who have broken gender expected norms through their participation in male dominated cultural, social, and political spaces within their community.
In the last subsection of my data analysis, I briefly mention some of the challenges that, like their parents, the U. I hope to contribute to a more complex understanding of how we think about indigeneity, indigenous women, diaspora and Latinidad in the U. This is an important distinction to make. In the United States, like in Latin America, indigenous peoples are either racialized or defined as an ethnicity. It is important to remember, as Turtle Island scholar, Duane Champagne, and many other indigenous scholars point out that indigenous peoples are not an ethnic group.
Furthermore, critical hemispheric indigenous studies can become a tool of dismantling the idea that indigenous peoples no longer exist as migrants or as Natives in their own land, thereby bringing indigenous migrants and American Indians into dialogue with one another about shared responsibilities, as well as tensions in occupying other indigenous peoples lands. American Indian, and Canadian indigenous literature. Writing from an indigenous historical and theoretical perspective, I challenge previous studies in traditional disciplines that argue that assimilation and acculturation of immigrants and their U.
Maylei Blackwell, Dr. Luis Urrieta, and Ph. It is a scholarly group composed of scholars and graduate students, many of whom are indigenous, by analyzing settler colonialism, migration, illegality, and racism in looking at indigenous migrants and non-indigenous Latinos Blackwell, Boj-Lopez, and Urrieta, forthcoming.
More so, college educational achievement, attaining middle or high class, who one marries out of their ethnic or racial group , loosing their native language and culture, and where one lives is what these studies draw on as indicators of U.
Comunalidad or community collectivity is my theoretical point of reference to describe how Zoochinenses in diaspora continue their Zapotec way of life through cultural and civic the hometown association, HTA practices in Los Angeles.
Assimilation studies are more concerned with how these groups straddle two cultures to facilitate their inclusion to U.
Brown and Frank D. Grande demonstrates how at many levels U. Therefore, assimilation and acculturation are not only genocidal to indigenous peoples, especially as they relate to cultural and identity survival, but assimilation and acculturation scholarship also equate nationalism and patriotism to a settler colonial state. The hemispheric literature I use aims to better understand the experiences of indigenous immigrants from Latin America and how their U. There has been abundant research on indigenous Oaxacan migrants in the United States, particularly in the west coast that range across a number of issues, like identity and social history aim to assimilate and incorporate American Indians into U.
Grande sees these as genocidal acts towards American Indian to further guarantee their erasure in past, present, and future life. While I do recognize that some immigrant groups do assimilate and acculturate to the U. My work seeks to extend that line of research by examining the experiences of other Indigenous migrant generations.
There are three generations of U. Stephen looks at the experiences of Mixtecs, Zapotecs, and Triquis in California. Although Stephen states that indigenous Oaxacans are discriminated for being indigenous, there is but a brief mention on how their U. Indigeneity in the U.
For U. A number of indigenous U. In contrast, Zapotec youth, many of whom were born in the United States second-generation or born in Mexico but raised in Los Angeles 1. Zoochinenses later migrated to Los Angeles in the s, seeking survival for their families when the Mexican peso greatly devaluated.
Zoochinenses first settled on Irolo Street in what is now Koreatown and began to raise new U. Ramirez, Native Hubs: 1. Ramirez Due to their geographic proximity and the relational economic, political, and social-relations and traditions to one another in the sierra, these towns continue to replicate the same beliefs and practices in L. Every year community members that reside in Zoochina are elected by the community to govern the town and work for it.
Because there are three diasporic populations outside of the town L. When asked why they identified as Zoochinense they all expressed a collective sense of belonging and knowing to the Zoochina community back home and in Los Angeles.
Money is raised in various forms among its members. The needs in Zoochina, for which they raise money for, can range from educational resources like books, to the cleaning of main roads where a tractor may need to be contracted, to when a community member passes away, to name a few. The HTA also collects money from its members in L. Indigenous Oaxacan conception of community life, comunalidad, foments current forms of community participation in Los Angeles in relationship to Zapotec life back home in Zoochina.
To capture its uniqueness as an indigenous way of life is imbedded in practice and belief. Comunalidad is taught from generation to generation, especially if one lives in the pueblos. Somos interdependientes, no libres. Tenemos autoridades, no monarcas. We are exchange, not business; diversity, not equal, even though at the name of equality we are also oppressed. We are interdependent, not individually free.
We have communal authorities, not monarchs. Comunalidad refuses individual prosperity, competition, land turned into private property, a singular god, and sameness. Comunalidad is not rooted in the capitalist, neoliberal, or other colonial ideologies and practices.
Since my first year of the Ph. Maylei Blackwell. I could not have chosen a better comittee than you all. Your mentorship has gone beyond an academic support and I cherish all the intellectual lessons and challenges you have brought my way. The lessons are many and words not enough. Finally, to my family, this is yet another dedication in my growth in academia. My sisters, Maricela and Liliana for teaching their kids my nephews the importance of staying involved with our community in danza and in the banda.
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Dispossessed of their lands—and hence their economic livelihoods—many indigenous peoples have been forced to migrate to cities and towns in search of work. Historically offered the least amount of schooling and access to basic social welfare services, displaced indigenous peoples have been marginalized. As indigenous peoples are deprived of their territorial, economic, and political autonomy, their customary beliefs and values—which once unified them and their communities—begin to waver. Notwithstanding the abysmal record of historical abuse and colonial domination exercised through the imposition of formal education, indigenous peoples and their allies have long contended and amply demonstrated that Native peoples have their own forms of local knowledge, practical expertise, and culturally specific means of transmitting knowledge, albeit marginalized and in some cases violently suppressed by the dominant agents of national society. Configured by an urban, monolingual-based model of pedagogy, formal schooling tends to be deeply authoritarian in practice and hierarchical in its organization. Moreover, imposition of dominant national languages such as English and Spanish through state-sponsored literacy programs has separated indigenous peoples from their traditional means of socialization and customary modes of expression.
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