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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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Congrats! You’ve Been Accepted to CLACS- Now What?

Washington Square Park, NYU

Washington Square Park, NYU

Congratulations on your acceptance to CLACS at NYU! You’ve been accepted to a challenging and enriching interdisciplinary program with amazing professors and students in one of the most extraordinary cities in the world. You’re probably beyond excited for this opportunity and eager to get started, but you may not be sure just yet if this program is the best fit for you. We are here to answer any questions you may have and give you any advice that we can offer. Please share your thoughts and questions in the comments section below, and we’ll quickly respond. Be sure to take your time when making this decision; it’s a big one!

1. What kinds of issues and research are students interested in?
Students are interested in a very wide range of topics, which is what makes CLACS what it is! These range from heritage tourism in indigenous communities, Brazilian immigration to the US, and Jesuit history in Cusco, to US and Latin American relations during the Cold War and women’s reproductive rights in Latin America. Check out our current student profiles to learn more. Continue reading