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    Chicana/Latina Studies
    volume 12 number 2 (Spring 2013)
    Author:   Margaret Garcia
    Title:  Learning from the Ancestors: An Artist's Journey Through Life
    Abstract:   Artist's Statement
    Pages: 10 - 17
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    Authors:   Josie Méndez-Negrete and Eliza Rodriguez y Gibson
    Title:  Demanding Dialogue and Pushing the Conversation
    Abstract:   Editors Commentary
    Pages: 20 - 24
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    Author:   Martha Menchaca
    Title:  The Social Climate of the Birthright Movement in the United States
    Abstract:   This paper explores the social and political context of the birthright movement in the United States, which since 1993 has prompted anti-immigration activists to introduce congressional legislation that would deny citizenship to U.S.-born children whose parents are undocumented or are non-permanent legal residents. Furthermore, the paper examines the U.S. Justice Department's opposition to the birthright legislation, and chronicles the counter response of Latinos to anti-immigration social movements. It is argued that Mexican Americans and Asian Americans have been the target of the legislation.
    Pages: 28 - 55
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    Author:   Brenda Sendejo
    Title:  The Cultural Production of Spiritual Activism: Gender, Social Justice, and the Remaking of Religion in the Borderlands
    Abstract:   This essay explores the remaking of religion and the presence of a social justice ethic in the contemporary spiritual practices and beliefs of Tejanas of the post-WWII generation. This work draws on ethnographic research conducted in the Texas-Mexico borderlands with eighteen Tejanas involved in social justice causes since the late 1960s. Using the theory and praxis of spiritual activism as put forth by Gloria E. Anzaldúa, this essay examines patterns of spiritual change in the lives of three Tejanas. Such cultural change is reflective of women's social worlds; political acts tied to the material realities of women's experiences. By reconfiguring how they view and practice spirituality—which includes a shift away from organized Catholicism—women are critiquing and working to reverse gender hierarchies, patriarchy, and other social inequalities within and outside of organized religion. Today, women's activism takes the form of spiritualized activisms, whereby they do the inner spiritual work that gives them the strength to do the outer work of creating social change as spiritual healers, educators, and community activists.
    Pages: 58 - 109
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    Author:   Andrea Hernandez Holm
    Title:  Recovering the Rain
    Abstract:   This paper explores how elements of Indigenous Knowledge have been maintained and have informed identity in my family across generations despite loss of original language and place. Although my maternal grandmother's family is Indigenous (Rarámuri), from Northern Chihuahua, Mexico, and the region along the Texas-Mexico border, a number of generations have passed since we have lived in a recognized tribal community. However, Indigenous Knowledge is lived and persists. This paper explores knowledge specific to rain and rainy weather (i.e. windstorms, thunderstorms, rain) as part of my process to identify and understand our Indigenous identity. Rain (water) is a basic, necessary element and a part of daily life; knowledge about it remains relevant despite location and is reflected in oral traditions. Elements of thought surrounding rain and rainy weather evidence components of an oral tradition that has served to preserve cultural identity and, specifically, Indigenous Knowledge, for my family.
    Pages: 112 - 133
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    Author:   Ilza Cisneros
    Title:  How the Sábado Gigante Dancers Changed
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 136 - 141
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    Author:   Virgie Tovar
    Title:  Freedom, Failure, and Rebellion: The Queer Art of Being Fat, Mexican Chichona
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 142 - 147
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    Author:   reina alejandra prado
    Title:  Atado a Ti: After Gonzalo Espinosa's ceramic sculpture of the same name
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 150 - 151
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    Author:   reina alejandra prado
    Title:  Dancing Fawn, or Icarus Takes a Flying Leap
    Abstract:   for Marcus Kuiland-Nazario
    Pages: 152 - 153
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    Author:   Ivonne Gordon Carrera Andrade
    Title:  I am Word
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 154 - 155
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    Author:   Alicia Contreras
    Title:  Book Review: New Historical and Geographic Horizons for Chicana/o Literature: Marissa K. López's Chicano Nations and Chicana/o Literary History
    Abstract:   Chicano Nations: The Hemispheric Origins of Mexican American Literature. By Marissa K. López. New York: New York University Press, 2011. Pp. 269. $24.00 (paper).
    Pages: 158 - 162
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    Author:   Jean Rockford Aguilar-Valdez
    Title:  Book Review: A Life of Wounds Made Golden
    Abstract:   I'm Still Standing: Treinta años de poesí­a/ Thirty Years of Poetry by Luz Marí­a Umpierre-Herrera. Florida and Fredonia, N.Y.: www.luzmaumpierre.com and SUNY Fredonia, 2011. Pp. 232. $29.95 (paper).
    Pages: 164 - 167
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