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NYU’s Kalman Silvert: Engaging Latin America, Building Democracy Event Re-cap

CLACS wants to thank all those who attended our 50th Anniversary Inaugural Reception and book talk that celebrated the contributions of Latin Americanist and founding CLACS Director Dr. Kalman Silvert.

Silvert’s family and scholars scholars including Jorge Balán, Abraham F. Lowenthal, Chris Mitchell, Martin Weinstein were among those who joined us in the celebration. The panelists presented the book “Kalman Silvert: Engaging Latin America, Building Democracy” and outlined Silvert’s legacy as a father, mentor, Latin Americanist and interdisciplinary scholar.

You can see the broadcast of the book presentation on our CLACS NYU Youtube page or watch the video below!

Thank you again for joining us and please be sure to check out more of our events and celebrations of our 50th Anniversary by visiting our events page.

Andean Culture Night

Last night we celebrated Andean culture at the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center. The Runasimi Outreach Committee and Center for Latin American Studies hosted various community groups and artists representing Ecuador, Perú and Bolivia for the last Quechua night of the year.

Participants included:

Ñukanchik Llakta Wawakuna dancing Kawsay La Vida and reading a poem

Grupo Folklorico Fuerza Peruana dancing Huaylas de Carnaval

Baila Perú New York dancing Marinera from Trujillo

Odi Gonzales reading from the poetry collection Virgenes Urbanas

Pachamama dancing Tinkus

Eduardo F. Medrano Salas reading poetry

Fraternidad Cultural Pasión Boliviano dancing Salaque

Thanks so much to all our participants and everyone else who came out to share this special night with us. We enjoyed Salteñas and Api and two hours of performances! On behalf of the Runasimi Outreach Committee we hope to see you next year.


Iskay waynuchukuna ayllunkupi raymikunanmanta riqsirichiwanchik

Bolivian Quechua, Ignacio Acebo, Mario Agreda, UNIBOL QUECHUA, Bolivia, Sucre, Tiquirpaya, fiestas de Bolivia,  Ignacio Acebo Wañuma baja-Sucremanta, Mario Agredataq Tikirpaya-Cochabambamanta. Paykuna ayllukunankupi raymikunamanta willariwanchik. Ignaciop ayllunpiqa iskay jatun raymikuna raymichakun, jukninqa rupha mit’api “Carnaval” juknintaq chiri mit’api “Tata Santiago” Carnavalpiqa tukuy runakuna pachamamaman, wak’akunaman q’uwanku ch’allaykurinku ima ñin. Chantapis achkha mikhunata wakichinku, tukuy mikhuntutaq tusunkutaq. Chiri mit’api raymitaq rikhuriq tata Santiagop sutinpi ruwakun. Achkha tusuqkuna may sumaqta tusunku.
Mariop llaqtanpitaq kimsa lata raymikuna raymichakunku: Carnaval, Todos Santos, Chanta Rosario virgen ñisqa ima. Carnaval raymiqa Ignaciop ayllunpijina. Rosasio Virgen ñisqa raymipitaq runaqa pukllayta munan, waka tinku pukllay tiyan, chanta rurasnuwan, tunaswan warak’anakupis tiyallantaq. Todos Santos raymipiqa, machu runapaq wallunk’añataq maychhika, takipayanaku chanta unay kawsay yachaykuna ima apaykachakun.
Gladys Camacho Riosqa CLACS-NYUpi Maestríamanta juk yachakuq. Pay kay podcasta Boliviapi, 2014 watapi grabarqa, imaptinchus pay karusuyumantapacha Rimasunpaq llamk’achkarpa.

Ignacio Acebo de la ciudad de Wañuma baja-Sucre, y Mario Agreda de Tikirpaya-Cochabamba nos cuentan sobre las fiestas tradicionales de sus pueblos. En la comunidad de Ignacio se celebran dos fiestas grandes, una en verano “Los carnavales” y la otra en el invierno la fiesta del “Señor de Santiago”. Durante la fiesta del Carnaval la gente ofrenda a la Madre Tierra y a los lugares sagrados como montañas, wak’as. Preparan mucha comida, toda la gente baila y come. La fiesta durante el invierno se celebra en honor al Santo que apareció en el lugar, diferentes grupos de danzarines hacen su paso.
En la comunidad de Mario se celebran tres fiestas: el Carnaval, todos santos y la virgen del rosario. Los carnavales son similares al igual que en la comunidad de Ignacio, pero durante la fiesta de la Virgen del Rosario, la gente busca diferentes espacios de diversión, hay juegos con toros, juegos con ondas donde la gente se lanza duraznos, tunas. En la fiesta de todos santos abundan los tradicionales columpios para adultos con canciones típicas de la época y diversidad de costumbres.
Gladys Camacho Rios es una estudiante de maestría en CLACS-NYU. Ella grabó este podcast en Bolivia en 2014 como correspondiente internacional de Rimasun.

Ignacio Acebo is from Wañuma baja-Sucre and Mario Agreda is from Tikirpaya-Cochabamba. They tell us about the traditional festivities in their small communities. In the community of Ignacio two big festivities are celebrated, one during the summer, “Carnaval” and the other during winter, “Señor de Santiago”. During Carnaval people make offerings to mother earth and the sacred places like mountains, and wak’as (sacred monuments or objects). People gather to celebrate by preparing food, eating, and dancing. The party during the winter is celebrated in honor of Saint Santiago. This also a major festival in which various dance groups perform in the parades or parties. In the community of Mario three festivities are celebrated: the Carnaval, Todos Santos, and the “Virgen del Rosario”. Carnavales are similar to what happens in Ignacio’s community, but during the “Virgen del Rosario” people look for amusement such as bullfights, and games where people throw peaches and a fruit called ‘tuna’. In “Todos Santos” a wealth of activities take place ranging from the adults singing classic songs from their generation to playing on old-fashioned swings.
Gladys Camacho Rios is an MA student at CLACS-NYU. She recorded this podcast in Bolivia in 2014 as international correspondent of Rimasun.

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CLACS ’03 Alum’s Newest Book on the Lasting Immigrant Legacy of Mexico’s Cristero War

The Catholic University Professor and CLACS '03 Alum and her newest book 'Mexican Exodus'

The Catholic University Professor and CLACS ’03 Alum Julia Young and her newest book ‘Mexican Exodus’

Written by CLACS MA Candidate Patrick Moreno-Covington

In popular conceptions, immigrants are often thought of as poor, huddled masses yearning for the opportunity that awaits them in their new country. More recent images and ideas composed in times where immigration restrictions have increased focus on the sources of violence and poverty immigrants are often leaving. The new dialogue surrounding the criminality of immigrants is a similar continuation of this fixation on violence. In many ways these conversations are not new or novel to our time. Each share the tradition of seeking to reduce these often complex experiences to easily identifiable and digestible narratives.

CLACS ’03 alum Julia Young has sought to investigate the variable and nuanced realities of the immigrant experience in her newest book Mexican Exodus: Emigrants, Exiles, and Refugees of the Cristero War. Young’s interest in migration began as she started her career as a Latin America scholar as part of CLACS. Young’s Master’s thesis provided nuance to the immigration experience by quantifying, from a sociological perspective, how Mexican immigrants have assimilated into American culture. Julia credits CLACS for providing a multi-disciplinary educational opportunity that allowed her to meld her interest in the immigrant experience with studies of contemporary Latin America. After graduating from CLACS, Julia used her expertise in writing as a journalist and editor before deciding that she missed the thrill of research and began to pursue her PhD in History at the University of Chicago and becoming an Assistant Professor of History at The Catholic University in Washington DC.

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Ethnographies of “Culturas Indígenas Preservadas”

Posted by Oscar Marquez, Doctoral Student in American Studies, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU

I will be spending six weeks in Guadalajara as a guest researcher at the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores de Antropología Social (CIESAS) to conduct preliminary research for my dissertation. I will be conducting archival and (hopefully) some ethnographic research to understand the racial motives underlining the dispossession of Wirárika (Huichol) territory by non-indigenous rural Mexicans. I have been here in Guadalajara for close to two weeks and it is clear that it is going to be difficult making contact with Huichol communities in the sierra. There are multiple organizations and groups of people based in the city of Guadalajara whom do some type of support/solidarity work with these communities but many seem to be weary of an outsider arriving with intentions to visit and know these indigenous communities that are often identified by the interlocutors mentioned above as “culturas indígenas preservadas”, or authentic Indians. Continue reading

Inti Raymi: Reciprocity and Anti-Colonial Symbolism

Posted by Dusty Christensen – MA Candidate at CLACS / Global Journalism at NYU

Christensen – Ecuador – IntiRaymi

Inti Raymi festivities in the village of San Roque (Photo by Dustin Christensen)

For many indigenous residents of the Andes, the Inti Raymi festival is one of the most important celebrations of the year. Celebrating the summer solstice, this festival has its origins firmly rooted in pre-Colombian times. In Cotacachi, Ecuador, where I conducted my summer research, this was the most important festival of the year. Members of the 40 something indigenous communities surrounding Cotacachi dance house-to-house in the nights preceding the festival. Then, for several days, they gather and dance down to the town’s central plaza, where they dance, sing, play music, drink, and occasionally engage in violent confrontations with other communities.

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(Re)Defining Mestizaje in Mexico City

Gaspar Yanga - First Liberator of the Americas - section of mural located in the Palacio Muncipal of Xalapa, Veracruz

Gaspar Yanga – First Liberator of the Americas – section of mural located in the Palacio Municipal of Xalapa, Veracruz

Written by Patrick Moreno-Covington CLACS MA Candidate 

Stepping out of customs and into one of the many cabs queued up outside of Mexico City’s Benito Juárez airport, I became immediately consumed by all things Chilango. Street performers and vendors at traffic lights, insane amounts of traffic, delicious spits of marinated pork known as al Pastor slowly rotating on the sidewalk and so. many. people. The sights, smells and sounds of the megalopolis almost subsumed my attentive capabilities so that I barely caught the taxi driver asking me where I was coming from. My Spanish accent (or the fact that I was leaving an airport) must have given me away.

‘The United States, Texas’, ‘Ahh the United States, there are a lot of racist problems over there, right?’ ‘And that politician, he said a lot of bad things about Mexicans’. While trying to avoid an elongated discussion on why Donald Trump lowers the political standards of the country with his shameful and inflammatory rhetoric, I did want to engage my driver’s interpretation of America’s race problems.

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CLACS Alumnus Publishes Book Debunking the Myths of the Old West

CLACS Alumnus D.H. Figueredo '88 with his newest book Revolvers and Pistolas

CLACS Alumnus D.H. Figueredo ’88 with his newest book Revolvers and Pistolas

Written by CLACS Master’s Candidate Patrick Moreno-Covington

Does historical reality influence popular narrative or can popular culture construct its own historical reality? In his newest book, Revolvers and Pistolas, Vaqueros and Caballeros: Debunking the Old West, CLACS alumni D.H. Figueredo challenges commonly held perceptions of the American West to reveal the fundamental role of Mexican entrepreneurs, farmers and indeed heroes in settling the American frontier. In a conversation with the CLACS Blog, Mr. Figueredo chronicled the writing of the book and the role that his CLACS education has played in his professional and writing career.

As a small child, D.H. loved Westerns. He can remember reading the great Western novels by Karl May and attending films starring John Wayne, Randall Scott and Gary Cooper and thinking that if he were cast in these movies it would not be as a heroic cowboy but one of the nameless villains fated to be ignored in the background. As he grew older, D.H. began to discover that there was indeed a rich legacy of Mexican cowboys, important businesswomen and miners throughout what is commonly thought of the American Old West. To uncover their stories, D.H. knew that he would need to reject the stereotypes found in popular culture and document the true lives of the Latino figures who shared their knowledge and money in populating the West.

D.H. attributes this drive to view narratives from multiple angles to his time at CLACS. When Mr. Figueredo entered the CLACS Master’s Program, he was already a successful librarian helping to create the Newark Public Library’s Sala Hispanoamericana. Figueredo sought out CLACS to advance in his curatorial and library career but also to combine his interest with history with his passion for literature and popular culture. Beyond the education, Figueredo credits CLACS with helping to develop a strong professional and personal network of friends, scholars and colleagues that continued to challenge him after he graduated with an MA in Latin American Studies in 1988. This professional network would prove to be instrumental as D.H. composed an Encyclopedia of Caribbean Literature and Encyclopedia of Cuba: People, History, Culture as well as A Brief History of the Caribbean.

California Pioneer Juana Briones

California Pioneer Juana Briones

In Revolvers and Pistolas, Figueredo departs from the style of his previous works to tell the story the Latino West in an accessible and page-turning style. Part of the excitement stems from some of the important discoveries he is able to bring to light. Stories of powerful businesswomen like Juana Briones whose large estate helped to found San Francisco or Mifflin Kennedy who directed her husband to purchase and settle much of southern Texas. He recounts the Latino origins of the 1848 California gold rush which was spurred on by the expertise of the Mexican, Chilean and Peruvian miners who taught the first Eastern settlers in the region how to pan for gold. Figueredo was also able to challenge the stereotypes surrounding Mexican soldiers and trace the Mexican roots of popular figures like Zorro and the Cisco Kid. In doing so, Figueredo is able to debunk the myths that cloud our vision of the Old West and restore the proud legacy that Latinos shared constructing the American Southwest.

CLACS congratulates Mr. Figueredo on his recent publication. The Newark Public Library will be hosting a meet and greet with Mr. Figueredo on May 30th at 2 pm at 5 Washington Street, Newark. To RSVP or for more information please call 973–733–7772 (Sala Hispanoamericana) or email ibetancourt@npl.org.

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Juan Carlos Jaramanta Riqsirarichiwanchik

Juan Carlos Romero Ventura quechua Cochabamba Quechua Tupiza Oploca Jara Caravana de llamas CLACS NYU Rimasun  Juan Carlos Romero Venturaqa Oploca-Tupiza, Boliviamanta. Cochabambaman chayaspa Gladys Camachowan Jaramanta parlarin, kay Jaraqa unay pacha jaqay Oruro chanta Potosí chirupi ruwakuq ñin. Juan Carlosqa sumaqta kay Jara ruwaymanta riqsin. Kay Podcaspi imaynatachus unay pacha puquykunata jaywanakuq kasqanku chaymanta willariwanchik. Pay ñiwanchik, Oruropiwan Potosipiwanqa clima ñisqa mana kikinchu kasqanta, chayraykutaq runaqa tukuy laya puquykunata puquchin. Lipezwan Uyuniwanqa astawan chiri chantataq runaqa papata kinuwata ima tarpun. Chantapis kay chirupiqa alpaka, llama, vicuña ima kawsanku. Tupizari astawan q’uñi, runaqa sarata tarpun, chantapis uwijata, carwata ima uywanku. Chiri pachapiqa Lipezmanta chanta Uyunimanta runaqa Tupiza chiruman achkha llama qhatirisqa kachaykukuq kasqanku. Unay ajinallata mikhunata, kachita, millmata apaykachaq kasqanku, ñanpitaq puraq puraq jaywanarikuq kasqanku. Jarawan kachaykukuqkunaqa karuta riq kasqanku, ch’isiyaytataq maypipis puñukullaq kasqanku. Chanta kay Jara ruwayqa kunan pachapi pisimanta pisi chinkapuchkan. Juan Carlos wawa kachkaptinqa sapa kuti Jara ruwayta rikuq ñin, kunanta manaña anchatachu.

Gladys Camacho Riosqa CLACS-NYUpi Maestríamanta juk yachakuq. Pay kay podcasta Boliviapi, 2015 watapi grabarqa, Qhichwa qutupaq llamk’aqjina.

Juan Calos Romero Ventura, es de Oploca-Tupiza, Bolivia. A su llegada a la ciudad de Cochabamba, conversa con Gladys Camacho acerca de la tradicional “Jara” que antiguamente se realizaba en Oruro y Potosí. Juan Carlos conoce detalladamente el proceso de la Jara. En este Podcast nos detalla cómo la gente intercambiaba sus productos antiguamente. El cuenta que en Oruro y Potosí debido a la diversidad climática la gente cultiva diferentes tipos de hortalizas y granos. En Lipez y Uyuni el clima es frio por ende la gente siembra papa y quinua. Los animales que viven en esta región son la alpaca, la llama y la vicuña. En cambio en Tupiza el clima es más cálido. La gente cultiva maíz. Se dedica al pastoreo de ovejas y cabras. Durante el invierno la gente de Lipez y Uyuni viajaba hacia Tupiza con una caravana de llamas. Era una costumbre ancestral de transportar alimentos, sal, lana, y hacer un intercambio en las comunidades que atravesaban durante su viaje. Los viajeros con caravanas emprendían viajes largos, cada noche acampan en diferentes regiones y es ahí donde intercambiaban sus productos. Sin embargo esta tradición esta desapareciendo poco a poco, cuando Juan Carlos era niño se realizaban con frecuencia pero ahora ya no.

Gladys Camacho Rios es una estudiante de maestría en CLACS-NYU. Ella grabó este podcast en Bolivia en 2015 como miembro del comité de Quechua.

In this podcast, Juan Carlos Romero Ventura, from the Oploca community in Tupiza, Bolivia, speaks about the traditional “Jara” that used to take place between Oruro and Potosi. In this interview conducted in Cochabamba by Gladys Camacho, Juan Carlos explains how travellers in caravans undertook long journeys, camping along the way in different regions where they exchanged their products. He says that because of the diverse climate in Oruro and Potosi people grow different kinds of vegetables and grains. In Lipez and Uyuni where the wheather is very cold people plant potatoes and quinoa. The animals that live in these regions are the alpaca, llama, and vicuna. But in Tupiza where the weather is warmer, people plant maize, and they breed sheep and goats. During the winter, people form Lipez and Uyuni travelled to Tupiza with a caravan of llamas. This was an ancient tradition to transport food, salt, wool. But this tradition is disappearing little by little since Juan Carlos was a child and is performed less often now.

Gladys Camacho Rios is an MA student at CLACS-NYU. She recorded this podcast in Bolivia in 2015 as member of the Quechua Outreach Committee.

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Iskay Qelqaqkuna Boliviamanta New Yorkta Watukunku

Cochabamba Gladys Camacho Bolivia Minas Miners Quechua Felix MuruchiGladys Camacho, Felix Muruchi ima NYUta watukushanku. Iskaykuna kashanku Boliviamanta. Gladys watukushan Lingüística programata. Felix rimaran Evo Moralesmanta, politica Boliviamanta ima CLACSpi. Pay qelqaran huk librota hoq runakunawan, chay libroypa sutin Minero con poder de dinamita: La vida de un activista boliviano. Iskayninku watukunankumanta rimashanku NYU estudiante Charlie Uruchimawan.

Gladys Camacho y Felix Muruchi visitan NYU. Gladys visita el programa de Lingüística y Felix habló sobre Evo Morales y la política en Bolivia en el programa de CLACS. El es co-autor del libro: Minero con poder de dinamita: La vida de un activista boliviano. Gladys y Felix conversan con el estudiante de NYU Charlie Uruchima sobre sus experiencias vividas en la ciudad.

Gladys Camacho and Felix Muruchi are currently visiting NYU from Bolivia. Gladys is a visiting scholar in the Department of Linguistics, and Felix is giving a talk about Evo Morales and Bolivian politics in CLACS. He is also the co-author of the book: From the Mines to the Streets: a Bolivian Activist’s Life. In this podcast, Gladys and Felix speak with NYU student Charlie Uruchima about their experiences visiting New York.

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