Hecho en Tejas: Texas-Mexican Folk Arts and Crafts

Overview

When the early Spanish and Mexican colonists came to settle Texas, they brought with them a rich culture which enabled them to settle and build a civilization in a wild land. The broad intracultural diversity of these settlers from different parts of Mexico and Spain are nowhere more evident in Texas than in the material culture--folk art, folk craft, architecture--which is part of our Spanish-Mexican legacy in Texas. Hecho en Tejas, the first book-length publication to focus on Texas-Mexican material culture, ...
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Overview

When the early Spanish and Mexican colonists came to settle Texas, they brought with them a rich culture which enabled them to settle and build a civilization in a wild land. The broad intracultural diversity of these settlers from different parts of Mexico and Spain are nowhere more evident in Texas than in the material culture--folk art, folk craft, architecture--which is part of our Spanish-Mexican legacy in Texas. Hecho en Tejas, the first book-length publication to focus on Texas-Mexican material culture, shows the richness of Tejano folk arts and crafts traditions through essays on Hispanic folk art in San Antonio in the home and yard, and on the street; through quilting traditions; through the vaqueros' traditions of weaving horsehair ropes and plaiting rawhide for quirts and bridles, and making of saddles; making of paper flowers as coronas para los muertos--primarily for decorating graves; making of ceramic figures for religious and secular use; the making of stringed instruments; the making of pinatas; religious folk art and yard art, grutas, roadside crosses, as well as religious matachines dance traditions; jacales as a form of folk house, and the built-environment of a Texas-Mexican ranch. A bibliography of Texas Mexican Material Culture is included.
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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574410389
  • Publisher: University of North Texas Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Series: Texas Folklore Society Publications Series
  • Pages: 358
  • Sales rank: 1,451,938
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Hecho a Mano en Tejas 1
Art Among Us/Arte Entre Nosotros: Mexican-American Folk Art in San Antonio 48
The Mexican-American Quilting Traditions of Laredo, San Ygnacio and Zapata 77
Vaquero Folk Arts and Crafts in South Texas 93
Costume as Cultural Resistance and Affirmation: The Case of a South Texas Community 117
Coronas para los Muertos: The Fine Art of Making Paper Flowers 131
Homages in Clay: The Figural Ceramics of Joe Varela 146
Miguel Acosta, Instrumentista 172
The Pinata-Making Tradition in Laredo 188
Tejano Saddlemakers and the Running W Saddle Shop 204
Texas-Mexican Religious Folk Art in Robstown, Texas 222
Mexican-American Yard Art in Kingsville 250
Grutas in the Spanish Southwest 263
Mexican-American Roadside Crosses in Starr County 278
The Jacal in South Texas: The Origins and Form of a Folk House 293
Randado: The Built Environment of a Texas-Mexican Ranch 309
Bibliography of Texas-Mexican Material Culture 335
Contributors 345
Index 349
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