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ERIC Number: EJ837965
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0005-2604
Onate's Foot: Remembering and Dismembering in Northern New Mexico
Trujillo, Michael L.
Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, v33 n2 p91-119 Fall 2008
This essay analyzes the historical construction of "Spanish" icons in northern New Mexico and the complex Hispanic and Chicano identities they both evoke and mask. It focuses on the January 1998 vandalism of a statue depicting New Mexico's first Spanish colonial governor, Don Juan de Onate. The removal of the Onate statue's foot references a brutal colonial encounter in 1599, when Onate ordered the amputation of one foot each from Pueblo men in the rebellious Native American village of Acoma. In this case study, national and regional narratives as well as self-consciously oppositional narratives collude, conflict, and supplement one another. I conclude that the vandalized statue offers a dynamic and "open" icon that powerfully represents the contradictions of New Mexican Chicana/o identity, shedding light on the complex and contradictory identities of all Mexican-origin peoples in the United States.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Mexico; New Mexico