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Domino R. Perez, Director BUR 552, Mailcode F9200, Austin, TX 78712 • (512) 471-4557

Graduate Portfolio Plática: María Elena Cruz-Martínez

Fri, March 26, 2010 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM • Texas Union, Chicano Culture Room (UNB 4.206)

"Migration, Relocation, and Emigration for Wikárika (Huichol) Art and Artist: Crossing Visible and 'Invisible' Borders."

Since the beginning of the nineteenth century, scholars of anthropology have not produced new findings or epistemologies in approaches to studying Wixáritari (Huichol) society and art, particularly how Wixáritari (Huichol) men and women have been affected by Mexican government and state policies and the effects of capitalism, (i.e., tourism, international and national migration/emigration and relocation). This portfolio plática by María Elena Cruz-Martínez proposes to examine how Wixáritari women and men utilize the capitalist market today, while demonstrating what the resulting effects on their communities, and family are particularly in the surrounding area of Huejuquilla el Alto, Jalisco, and Guadalajara Mexico. Through sometimes-forced migration, emigration and dislocation Wixáritari cross physical, psychological and spiritual borders. Border crossing has mostly been associated with physical international and national crossings, but Cruz-Martínez argues that many Indigenous people such as Wixáritari in Mexico cross “invisible borders” in their native homes, that is, the physical, psychological, and the spiritual borders, which can also be defined as transnationalism.

Sponsored by: The Center for Mexican American Studies, College of Liberal Arts


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