Creating Aztlan: Chicano Art, Indigenous Sovereignty, and Lowriding Across Turtle Island

Creating Aztlan: Chicano Art, Indigenous Sovereignty, and Lowriding Across Turtle Island

by Dylan A. T. Miner

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Creating Aztlan: Chicano Art, Indigenous Sovereignty, and Lowriding Across Turtle Island by Dylan A. T. Miner

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816530038
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Publication date: 10/30/2014
Series: First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 952,768
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

Acknowledgments xiii

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

Notes 221

Works Cited 245

Index 263

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