We Will Rise: Rebuilding the Mexikah NationPaperback
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- Publisher: Trafford Publishing
- Format: Paperback | 200 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 216mm x 13mm | 136g
- Publication date: 16 April 2002
- Publication City/Country: Victoria
- ISBN 10: 1553693043
- ISBN 13: 9781553693048
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
A revolutionary and eye opening look at the indigenous cultural heritage of chicano - Mexicans.
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At age 20, Tlapoyawa set out to write this book as a resource for his sister, whose public school teachers refused to accept any information about Mexikan history that did not come directly from a book. He began to take what he was being taught by maestros and jefes of Mexikah Dance, as well as his mother and the books she had saved for him from the Chicano Movement, and put them into an accessible format geared for youth. Even though most of the "official" written histories available are full of the same old stereotypes and Eurocentric misinterpretations, Tlapoyawa did begin to find books that held the truth - from noted historians and Mexikanistas such as Dr. Romerovargas Yturbide, Miguel Leon-Portilla, Arturo Meza Gutierrez, Miguel Angel Mendoza, Jack D. Forbes and other scholars. Over the course of eight years, Kurly has amassed a huge collection of written accounts that no historian, scholar or certainly school teacher could dismiss. And still, it is only the beginning. As one of his primary teachers, Paz, told him, this book is a "good Mexikah primer." The quest for truth, beauty and knowledge will never end, and will never stray far from the people who live the culture. Tlapoyawa is founder and national representative of the Mexika Eagle Society; a danzante under Tleyankanke Patricio Zamora in Kalpulli Ehekatl; a former member of MEChA at UNM and El Partido Nacional de la Raza Unida of New Mexico.