Pocahontas

Matoaka (1595?-1617), whose married name was Rebecca Rolfe, is best known by her nickname, Pocahontas (“Little Wanton”). She is known for saving the life of John Smith, a leader of Jamestown, Virginia, the beginning of what would become the US. She has been an Anglo American legend since at least the early 1800s, a Disney princess since 1995.

What is now the US north-east circa 1600. The Powhatan Confederacy is at the bottom. Click to enlarge.

She lived in Tsenacommacah (now Tidewater Virginia), a member of thePamunkey nation. She was one of ten daughters of Powhatan, who led the 30 Algonquian nations of the Powhatan Confederacy.

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Juan Rodriguez

Juan Rodriguez (early 1600s), also known as Jan Rodrigues, was the first non-Native person known to live in what is now metropolitan New York. His trading post of 1613 in Lower Manhattan grew into …

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New Blacks

New Blacks (by 2014) are those Blacks in the US who think they are beyond race, the post-racial Blacks. They seem to think racism is either pretty much dead or the fault of Black people. Singer Pha…

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Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), she of the unibrow, is a Mexican painter best known for her unforgettable self-portraits. She was the wife of Diego Rivera, another famous Mexican artist. European painters…

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Notes towards a Chicano history of the US

 

Schools in the US teach a White or Anglo American history of the country. Because of White guilt it is full of lies, half-truths and stuff left out. There is much to learn and unlearn:

 

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The term “Hispanic”

The term “Hispanic”


“Hispanic” (1580s) generally means someone or something from a Spanish-speaking country.

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Abagond’s article leaves out a couple important related facts.
1. Most Hispanic/Latinos have Amerindian heritage.
2. There are some who reject both the term Hispanic and Latino because both terms gloss over / ignore the fact that most Hispanic/Latinos have an indigenous link to the Americas.

This is important because sovereignty, freedom of movement, and (im)migrant rights.

One term used by those who reject both Hispanic and Latino is Nican Tlaca – which is the Nahuatl (Mexica) language way of saying “We the people here”.

Welcome to Hispanic Heritage Month 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Hispanic Heritage Month 2014! In the US it runs from September 15th to October 15th. Thanks to everyone who suggested a topic! Based on your suggestions and some ideas of my own, here ar…

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