Resurgent Indigeneity: Re/Making Indígena and Community through Education

Colloquium, SAR Boardroom

Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free

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Luis Urrieta, Associate Professor, Dept. of Cultural Studies in Education, University of Texas at Austin, and Anne Ray Resident Scholar

In Resurgent Indigeneity, Luis Urrieta will explore and analyze the development of a rural mothers’ movement which by re/claiming an indígena (indigenous) identity in Michoacán, Mexico successfully agitated for a bilingual (P’hrépecha/Spanish) bicultural school for their children. Situating the mothers’ struggle within the backdrop of neoliberal globalism and the dismantling of subsistence agricultural economies in rural Mexico, the presentation will explore the historical, cultural, social, and political complexities of indigenous ethno-genesis. The mothers’ agentic challenge to state officialized definitions of who is indígena created a third space for indigeneity that contradicts the discourse of the disappearing Indian and disrupts the Indian/non-Indian binary while reinforcing the mothers’ rights claims to educational opportunities reserved for indigenous peoples. In their struggle to seek quality education as a viable future for their children in the face of neoliberal economic dislocation, bilingual bicultural education eventually afforded the mothers and their children a critical space to rekindle comunalidad (communality) as a basis for the indigeneity they re/claimed.

Videography by John Sadd.

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