Hecho en Tejas: Texas-Mexican Folk Arts and Crafts

Hecho en Tejas: Texas-Mexican Folk Arts and Crafts

by Joe S. Graham
     
 

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When the early Spanish and Mexican colonists came to settle Texas, they brought with them a rich culture, the diversity of which is nowhere more evident than in the folk art and folk craft. This first book-length publication to focus on Texas-Mexican material culture shows the richness of Tejano folk arts and crafts traditions.

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When the early Spanish and Mexican colonists came to settle Texas, they brought with them a rich culture, the diversity of which is nowhere more evident than in the folk art and folk craft. This first book-length publication to focus on Texas-Mexican material culture shows the richness of Tejano folk arts and crafts traditions.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
From the aesthetics of saddles to the display of outdoor religious shrines as a public presentation of self, this richly illustrated survey demonstrates how folk arts and crafts provide Mexican Americans of Texas with a sense of continuity and reaffirmed identity. Quilts, ceramics, paper flowers, roadside crosses, ironwork gates, festive costumes, toys, pinatas, musical instruments and cowboy boots are part of the material culture investigated in these 17 essays, a publication of the Texas Folklore Society that combines careful scholarship and accessibility. Also examined are the vernacular architecture of houses and the built environment of a Texas-Mexican ranch. The selections bring out sharp regional differences within Texas and show how artistic traditions are maintained through constant interchange with Mexico. Graham is a folklorist/anthropologist at Texas A & I University. (June)
Library Journal
This collection of essays, which explores the rich material culture of Texas-Mexican artisans, is a fine addition to the growing body of literature on Hispanic arts and crafts. The broad cultural diversity of Texas-Mexicans (Tejanos) is apparent in the examination of the wide variety of crafts with roots from many regions of Mexico and Spain. The essays not only describe in detail the making of pinatas, paper flowers, clay figures, musical instruments, and saddles, but also address the significance these items have in the life of Tejanos. In addition to the overall bibliography at the end of the volume, individual bibliographies are included with the well-documented essays. This book will be a welcome addition to both academic and public libraries as a substantial overview of Texas-Mexican folk arts and crafts.-- Mary Molinaro, Univ. of Kentucky, Lexington

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780929398334
Publisher:
University of North Texas Press
Publication date:
01/01/1992
Series:
Texas Folklore Society Publications Series
Pages:
357
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.57(h) x 1.22(d)

Meet the Author


Joe S. Graham, folklorist/anthropologist at Texas A&M University, Kingsville, worked under Don Americo Paredes in Mexican-American folklore at the University of Texas. He is also the author of El Rancho in South Texas: Continuity and Change from 1750

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