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Culture, Communication, and Cooperation

Patricia Covarrubias

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For those who find it useful to conceive of a language as a meaning-conveying instrument embedded in a cultural system, this brief, well-written treatment of pronominal address in Spanish will hold few surprises, but it will provide welcome and well-reasoned documentation of the major positions, supplemented by equally welcome expansions and elaborations of familiar points.

Speakers of Spanish tend to address some interlocutors on some occasions using second-person verb forms, while addressing others, or the same on different occasions, using third-person forms, variably reinforcing the verbal morphology with the pronoun in the first cases and usted in the second.

The author investigates alternative forms of what she calls “pronominal address” (irrespective of whether the pronoun is actually used), with data obtained from observations of workers at a construction company in Veracruz, Mexico, and from their own explanations of why they use one address form or the other.

A good sample of the data is provided, presented in standard Spanish orthography with good, readable translations into English.

For theoretical underpinning, the author offers the ethnography of speaking (Hymes 1962) and speech codes (Philipsen 1997).

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The Book of Archives and Other Stories from the Mora Valley, New Mexico

Gabriel Meléndez

Cover of The Book of Archives and Other Stories from the Mora Valley, New MexicoIn the shadow of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, New Mexico’s Mora Valley harbors the ghosts of history: troubadours and soldiers, Plains Indians and settlers, families fleeing and finding home. There, more than a century ago, villagers collect scraps of paper documenting the valley’s history and their identity—military records, travelers’ diaries, newspaper articles, poetry, and more—and bind them into a leather portfolio known as “The Book of Archives.” When a bomb blast during the Mexican-American War scatters the book’s contents to the wind, the memory of the accounts lives on instead in the minds of Mora residents. Poets and storytellers pass down the valley’s traditions into the twentieth century, from one generation to the next. In this pathbreaking dual-language volume, author A. Gabriel Meléndez joins their ranks, continuing the retelling of Mora Valley’s tales for our time.

A native of Mora with el don de la palabra, the divine gift of words, Meléndez mines historical sources and his own imagination to reconstruct the valley’s story, first in English and then in Spanish. He strings together humorous, tragic, and quotidian vignettes about historical events and unlikely occurrences, creating a vivid portrait of Mora, both in cultural memory and present reality. Local gossip and family legend intertwine with Spanish-language ballads and the poetry of New Mexico’s most famous dueling troubadours, Old Man Vilmas and the poet García. Drawing on New Mexican storytelling tradition, Meléndez weaves a colorful dual-language representation of a place whose irresistible characters and unforgettable events, and the inescapable truths they embody, still resonate today.

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A Poetry of Remembrance: New and Rejected Works

Levi Romero

Cover of A Poetry of Remembrance: New and Rejected Works "Levi Romero is a strange kind of wizard. He can walk up a New Mexico arroyo and come back with a mysterious object full of quotidian magic. Like a rusted tobacco can the grand-fathers used to roll their smokes. And when you pry open the lid, you can hear their laughter and gossip coming out. That's what he does in poem after poem. I read his work and I learn again how to love this life."--Luis Alberto Urrea

Through familiar details--leaking faucets and lowriders, chicharrones and chicken coops--Levi Romero remembers familia, comunidad, and tradiciones from his upbringing in northern New Mexico's Embudo Valley. Alongside his training and jobs in the building trades and the architectural profession, and now a teacher, his writing has maintained and nurtured his connection to the unique people and land he knows so well and that have seldom been represented in American poetry.

2009 Southwest Book of the Year, Tucson-Pima County Public Library

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Among Cultures: The Challenge of Communication

Bradford J. Hall (Author), Patricia O. Covarrubias (Contributor), Kristin A. Kirschbaum (Contributor)

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Among Cultures: The Challenge of Communication, Third Edition explores intercultural communication and the relationship between communication and culture, using narrative as a common and compelling thread for studying intercultural interactions. Anchored in the position that people make sense of their worlds through choosing and telling narratives to themselves and others, this text is replete with narratives and stories. Chapters address key aspects of intercultural communication, including verbal and nonverbal communication; stereotypes and bias; identity; conflict; diversity; and ethics. Using an interpretive approach to intercultural communication, the text helps students understand that although a person may appear different, his/her common sense is quite reasonable within a particular interpretive context. Resources are included to help students understand and explain the reasonableness of other cultural systems.

The text includes activities for students to complete while reading, including self-assessments and nonverbal self-knowledge tests. Reflection questions within and at the end of each chapter promote thinking and discussion of each topic. With its unique approach to studying and understanding intercultural communication via real-life narratives, this text facilitates a deep understanding of the cultural aspects in communication. In providing the narratives of others, it encourages students to tell their own stories and build a strong foundation for communicating across cultures.

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The Pueblo Food Experience

Dr. Patricia M. Perea and Roxanne Swentzell

Cover of The Pueblo Food ExperienceThe Pueblo Food Experience Cookbook is an original cookbook by, for, and about the Pueblo peoples of New Mexico. This cookbook is a product of the Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute, founded by Roxanne Swentzell at Santa Clara Pueblo. Its goal is to promote healing and balance by returning to the original foodways of the Pueblo peoples. The precontact, indigenous diet emphasizes chemical-free meat, fowl, fish and a wide variety of whole grains, nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables. Buffalo Tamales, Blue Corn Cakes, and Rabbit Stew are just a few of the unique and delicious Pueblo recipes. Five thought-provoking essays contribute to the understanding of Pueblo history and culture. Though written in the Tewa Pueblo of Santa Clara, indigenous peoples everywhere and anyone interested in learning about Pueblo culture and food will delight in this book.

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Land of Disenchantment: Latina/o Identities and Transformations in Northern New Mexico

Michael L. Trujillo

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"Michael Trujillo's Land of Disenchantment is astonishing, both for its scholarly depth and, more importantly, for its honesty. As an ethnographic study of the Espanola Valley it offers a searing account of the negative realities that trouble Nuevomexicanos: poverty, drugs, violence. And, yet, Trujillo probes into these social and material difficulties with a spirit that suggests how creativity, identity, and will to survive emerge from tragedy to produce a positive aesthetics of joking, storytelling, weaving, and cultural ritual that keeps people alive to their long history and to their dreams."
--GENARO PADILLA, Associate Professor of English, University of California at Berkeley

NEW MEXICO'S ESPANOLA VALLEY IS SITUATED IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE state between the fabled Sangre de Cristo and Jemez Mountains. Many of the Valley's communities have roots in the Spanish and Mexican periods of colonization, while the Native American Pueblos of Ohkay Owingeh and Santa Clara are far older. In this experimental ethnography, Michael Trujillo presents a vision of Espanola that addresses its denigration by neighbors--and some of its residents--because it represents the antithesis of the supposedly "positive" narrative of New Mexico. Contradicting the popular notion of New Mexico as the "Land of Enchantment," a fusion of race, landscape, architecture, and food into a romanticized commodity, Trujillo probes beneath the surface to reveal the struggle and pain brought about by colonization and the transition from a pastoral to an urban economy, as well as the limits of common ethnographic representations. Land of Disenchantment contains both Trujillo's original ethnography and his explorations of creative works by Valley residents Policarpio Valencia, Jim Sagel, Teresa Archuleta, and G. Benito Cordova.

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Nahui Olin Sin Principio ni fin

Patricia Rosas Lopategui

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Without beginning or end: Life, Work, and Various Inventions

María del Carmen Mondragón Valseca, also known as Nahui Olin (b. Tacubaya, today Mexico City, July 8, 1893 – d. Mexico City, January 23, 1978) was a Mexicanartist's model, painter and poet.

Thorough research and library searched with private collection sourced references. Polymer based matt color cover, printed on both sides. Well made binding and high quality page paper.

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El Asesinato de Elena Garro

Patricia Rosas Lopategui

Cover of El Asesinato de Elena GarroLa vida y la obra de Elena Garro (1916-1998) encarnan la leyenda más asombrosa y problemática del tiempo literario mexicano. Casada en 1937 con Octavio Paz, con quien vivió un turbulento matrimonio que terminó legalmente en 1959, Garro desarrolló una relación paradójica con las luces y las sombras del poeta. Paz es la amenazante hipóstasis del mundo para Garro. Por un lado, sus cuentos y novelas dependen de una fantástica persecución encabezada por su ex marido; por el otro, sin el apoyo material de Paz, que se extendió hasta el final de sus días, la difícil vida de Garro y de su hija Helena Paz habría sido, si cabe, aún más desdichada. En una entrevista concedida en los últimos años de su vida, Garro ratificó la vigencia de su vastísima querella existencial: “Yo vivo contra él, estudié contra él, hablé contra él, tuve amantes contra él, escribí contra él y defendí a los indios contra él. Escribí de política contra él, en fin, todo, todo, todo lo que soy es contra él. […] en la vida no tienes más que un enemigo y con eso basta. Y mi enemigo es Paz.”

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The Borders in All of Us: New Approaches to Global Diasporic Societies

Williams, Vasquez, Furusa Little

Cover of The Borders in All of Us: New Approaches to Global Diasporic SocietiesThe Borders In Us All: New Approaches to Global Diasporic Societies is a collection of scholarly essay. This volume is unique in its approach to historical Diasporas in that it explores some of the cross currents within Diasporic communities in Africa, Asia, latin American and the United States providing new insight into America's new ethnic majorities. In eighteen chapters the authors examined the historical, political dynamics, and the language/literary traditions and the arts and creative expressions of several ethnic and global Diasporic communities.

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Making Aztlan: Ideology and Culture of the Chicana and Chicano Movement: Ideology, 1966-1977

Irene Vasquez

Cover of Making Aztlan: Ideology and Culture of the Chicana and Chicano Movement: Ideology, 1966-1977This book provides a long-needed overview of the Chicana and Chicano movement's social history as it grew, flourished, and then slowly fragmented. The authors examine the movement's origins in the 1960s and 1970s, showing how it evolved from a variety of organizations and activities united in their quest for basic equities for Mexican Americans in U.S. society. Within this matrix of agendas, objectives, strategies, approaches, ideologies, and identities, numerous electrifying moments stitched together the struggle for civil and human rights. Gómez-Quiñones and Vásquez show how these convergences underscored tensions among diverse individuals and organizations at every level. Their narrative offers an assessment of U.S. society and the Mexican American community at a critical time, offering a unique understanding of its civic progress toward a more equitable social order.

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