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Renewing the Maya World: Expressive Culture in a Highland Town

by Garrett W. Cook

Each year in the Highland Guatemala town of Santiago Momostenango, Maya religious societies, dance teams, and cofradías perform the annual cycle of rituals and festivals prescribed by Costumbre (syncretized...


Native Speakers: Ella Deloria, Zora Neale Hurston, Jovita Gonzalez, and the Poetics of Culture

by María Eugenia Cotera

In the early twentieth century, three women of color helped shape a new world of ethnographic discovery. Ella Cara Deloria, a Sioux woman from South Dakota, Zora Neale Hurston, an African American woman from...


A Tortilla Is Like Life: Food and Culture in the San Luis Valley of Colorado

by Carole M. Counihan

Located in the southern San Luis Valley of Colorado, the remote and relatively unknown town of Antonito is home to an overwhelmingly Hispanic population struggling not only to exist in an economically depressed...


The First Texas News Barons

by Patrick Cox

Newspaper publishers played a crucial role in transforming Texas into a modern state. By promoting expanded industrialization and urbanization, as well as a more modern image of Texas as a southwestern, rather...


The House Will Come to Order: How the Texas Speaker Became a Power in State and National Politics

by Michael Phillips, Patrick L. Cox & Don Carleton

In a state assumed to have a constitutionally weak governor, the Speaker of the Texas House wields enormous power, with the ability to almost single-handedly dictate the legislative agenda. The House Will Come...


The Dance of Freedom: Texas African Americans During Reconstruction

by Barry A. Crouch, Larry Madaras & Arnoldo De Leon

This anthology brings together the late Barry A. Crouch's most important articles on the African American experience in Texas during Reconstruction. Grouped topically, the essays explore what freedom meant to...


The Other Side of the Fence: American Migrants in Mexico

by Sheila Croucher

A growing number of Americans, many of them retirees, are migrating to Mexico's beach resorts, border towns, and picturesque heartland. While considerable attention has been paid to Mexicans who immigrate to...


Harry Reasoner: A Life in the News

by Douglass K. Daniel

Harry Reasoner was one of the most trusted and well-liked journalists of the golden age of network television news. Whether anchoring the evening newscast on CBS in the 1960s or on ABC in the 1970s, providing...


House of Plenty: The Rise, Fall, and Revival of Luby's Cafeterias

by Carol Dawson & Carol Johnston

Scarred by the deaths of his mother and sisters and the failure of his father's business, a young man dreamed of making enough money to retire early and retreat into the secure world that his childhood tragedies...


A Law for the Lion: A Tale of Crime and Injustice in the Borderlands

by Beatriz de la Garza

"Esto no es cosa de armas" (this is not a matter for weapons). These were the last words of Don Francisco Gutiérrez before Alonzo W. Allee shot and killed him and his son, Manuel Gutiérrez. What began as a...


Cinemachismo: Masculinities and Sexuality in Mexican Film

by Sergio De La Mora

After the modern Mexican state came into being following the Revolution of 1910, hyper-masculine machismo came to be a defining characteristic of "mexicanidad," or Mexican national identity. Virile men (pelados...


The Tira de Tepechpan: Negotiating Place Under Aztec and Spanish Rule

by Lori Boornazian Diel

Created in Tepechpan, a relatively minor Aztec city in Central Mexico, the Tira de Tepechpan records important events in the city's history from 1298 through 1596. Most of the history is presented pictographically....


Pachangas: Borderlands Music, U.S. Politics, and Transnational Marketing

by Margaret E. Dorsey

A uniquely Tejano version of the old-fashioned political barbeque, the traditional South Texas pachanga allowed politicians to connect with voters in a relaxed setting where all could enjoy live music and abundant...


Blockading the Border and Human Rights: The El Paso Operation That Remade Immigration Enforcement

by Timothy J. Dunn

To understand border enforcement and the shape it has taken, it is imperative to examine a groundbreaking Border Patrol operation begun in 1993 in El Paso, Texas, "Operation Blockade." The El Paso Border Patrol...


Republic of Barbecue: Stories Beyond the Brisket

by Elizabeth S. D. Engelhardt

It's no overstatement to say that the state of Texas is a republic of barbecue. Whether it's brisket, sausage, ribs, or chicken, barbecue feeds friends while they catch up, soothes tensions at political events,...


Imaginary Lines: Border Enforcement and the Origins of Undocumented Immigration, 1882-1930

by Patrick Ettinger

Although popularly conceived as a relatively recent phenomenon, patterns of immigrant smuggling and undocumented entry across American land borders first emerged in the late nineteenth century. Ingenious smugglers...


Rancheros in Chicagoacan: Language and Identity in a Transnational Community

by Marcia Farr

Rancheros hold a distinct place in the culture and social hierarchy of Mexico, falling between the indigenous (Indian) rural Mexicans and the more educated city-dwelling Mexicans. In addition to making up an...


The Devil's Book of Culture: History, Mushrooms, and Caves in Southern Mexico

by Benjamin Feinberg

Since the 1950s, the Sierra Mazateca of Oaxaca, Mexico, has drawn a strange assortment of visitors and pilgrims-schoolteachers and government workers, North American and European spelunkers exploring the region's...


Gender and the Boundaries of Dress in Contemporary Peru

by Blenda Femenías

Set in Arequipa during Peru's recent years of crisis, this ethnography reveals how dress creates gendered bodies. It explores why people wear clothes, why people make art, and why those things matter in a war-torn...


Imagining Literacy: Rhizomes of Knowledge in American Culture and Literature

by Ramona Fernandez

Defining the "common knowledge" a "literate" person should possess has provoked intense debate ever since the publication of E. D. Hirsch's controversial book Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to...