In lowriding culture, the ride is many things—both physical and intellectual. Embraced by both Xicano and other Indigenous youth, lowriding takes something very ordinary—a car or bike—and transforms it and claims it. Using the idea that lowriding is an Indigenous way of being in the world, artist and historian Dylan A. T. Miner discusses the multiple roles that Aztlán has played at various moments in time, from the pre-Cuauhtemoc codices through both Spanish and American colonial regimes, past the Chicano Movement and into the present day. Across this “migration story,” Miner challenges notions of mestizaje and asserts Aztlán, as visualized by Xicano artists, as a form of Indigenous sovereignty. Throughout this book, Miner employs Indigenous and Native American methodologies to show that Chicano art needs to be understood in the context of Indigenous history, anticolonial struggle, and Native American studies. Miner pays particular attention to art outside the U.S. Southwest and includes discussions of work by Nora Chapa Mendoza, Gilbert "Magú" Luján, Santa Barraza, Malaquías Montoya, Carlos Cortéz Koyokuikatl, Favianna Rodríguez, and Dignidad Rebelde, which includes Melanie Cervantes and Jesús Barraza.
With sixteen pages of color images, this book will be crucial to those interested in art history, anthropology, philosophy, and Chicano and Native American studies. Creating Aztlán interrogates the historic and important role that Aztlán plays in Chicano and Indigenous art and culture.
|Publisher:||University of Arizona Press|
|Series:||First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies Series|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Dylan A. T. Miner (Métis) is an associate professor at Michigan State University, where he coordinates a new Indigenous contemporary art initiative and is adjunct curator of Indigenous art at the MSU Museum. He has published extensively, including more than fifty journal articles, book chapters, critical essays, and encyclopedia entries. As an artist, he has exhibited globally, is a founding member of the artist’s collective Justseeds and was awarded an Artist Leadership Fellowship from the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations ix
Introduction: Indigenizing 3
Part I Tlilli: Theorizing Aztlán
Chapter 1 Remembering: Utopian Migrations through Aztlán 23
Chapter 2 Naming: Aztlán as Emergence Place 53
Chapter 3 Claiming: Claiming Art, Reclaiming Space 82
Part II Tlapalli: Visualizing Aztlán
Chapter 4 Refraining: Aztlán and La Otra Frontera 113
Chapter 5 Creating: Creating Aztlán, Finding Nepanda 144
Chapter 6 Revitalizing: Aztlán as Native Land 169
Postscript. Returning: jack Forbes, Mestizaje, and Aztlan 212
Works Cited 245