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Second Presidential Message – SALALM 63

I hope the New Year finds everyone reinvigorated and ready to submit proposals for our 63rd annual meeting, hosted by Biblioteca Daniel Cosío Villegas at El Colegio de México in Mexico City, July 1-4, 2018. Please consult http://salalm2018.colmex.mx/ and instructions below.

This excellent SALALM 63 postcard reflects the design genius of Victor Cid Carmona and Valentin Ortiz Reyes, two members of our COLMEX Local Arrangements Team. Thank you both for depicting the Plaza de Tres Culturas (a site), with visible but eclipsed architectural manifestations (sites) of historical conflicts with visual/textual prompts (cites on sites) to specific contests or clashes, including the Olympic Games of 1968 and the Massacre of Tlatelolco. I hope these links inspire thinking around the Conference Theme S/Cites, Texts, and Voices in Critical Librarianship: Decolonizing Libraries and Archives.

My professional training leads me to introduce a selection of references (cites) in hopes of facilitating discussion around different perspectives. Theoretical grounding in “third space” also makes me look for unlikely intersections. Thanks to all who have already submitted proposals sharing your experiences and perceptions of different sites and cites. I hope the instructions below will encourage more of you to propose panels, round tables, workshops, paper presentations, rodas vivas and pop ups that discuss how our processes of selection, commodification, organization, description and assistance (reference, teaching, scouting) influence research and teaching on Latin America, Iberia and the Caribbean.

Exploration of questions including, but not limited to the following, are welcomed:

  1. How can we use contested space to explore how we influence significance, perspective, and critical reflection in our professions?
  2. How do our descriptions of resources or events reinforce or challenge meanings?
  3. How might we address the inequalities of access to electronic platforms and misperceptions about their provision of global resources?
  4. How does a s/cite’s symbolism or repeated appearance (or lack thereof) promote or hinder “impact” in our professions?
  5. What roles do standards and professional benchmarks play in collection building, cataloging, and curricular development?
  6. How does our work promote or hinder information empowerment and global information equality?
  7. How might alternative library and archival practices or tools foster equitable access?
  8. How do current funding structures affect our successes and failures?
  9. How can we foster critical reflection in our profession?

Español:

Espero que el Año Nuevo nos encuentre revigorizados y listos para presentar propuestas para nuestra 63 ª reunión anual, organizada por la biblioteca Daniel Cosío Villegas del Colegio de México en la ciudad de México, 1-4 de julio de 2018. Por favor, consulte http://salalm2018.colmex.mx/ y las instrucciones que se indican a continuación.

Esta excelente postal para SALALM 63 muestra el genio creativo de Víctor Cid Carmona y Valentín Ortiz Reyes, dos miembros del equipo local de arreglos en Biblioteca Daniel Cosío Villegas del Colegio de México. Gracias a ambos por representar la Plaza de Tres Culturas en sombra, con manifestaciones arquitectónicas visibles pero eclipsadas (sitios) por conflictos históricos con avisos visuales/textuales (cites en sitios) a enfrentamientos específicos, incluyendo los Juegos Olímpicos de 1968 y la Masacre de Tlatelolco. Espero que estos enlaces inspiren ideas en torno al tema de la Conferencia S/CITES, textos y voces en la biblioteca crítica: Descolonizando bibliotecas y archivos.

Mi formación profesional me lleva a introducir una selección de referencias (s/cites) con la esperanza de suscitar discusiones en torno a diferentes perspectivas. Un fundamento teórico en el análisis del “tercer espacio” me lleva a buscar intersecciones poco probables. Gracias a todos los que ya han presentado propuestas cuyo lugar común son las experiencias y percepciones de diferentes sitios y cites. Espero que las siguientes instrucciones animen a muchos más a proponer paneles, mesas redondas, talleres, presentaciones en papel, rodas vivas y “pop ups” para discutir cómo nuestros procesos de selección, comercialización, organización, descripción, y asistencia intervienen en la difusión y entendimiento de la información sobre Latinoamérica, la Península Ibérica y el Caribe.

Exploraciones de preguntas como las siguientes serán bienvenidas:

  1. ¿Cómo podemos usar las intersecciones y espacios en disputa para explorar cómo influimos la significación, la perspectiva y la reflexión crítica en nuestras profesiones?
  2. ¿De qué modo las descripciones y representaciones que provienen del mundo de las bibliotecas y los archivos fortalecen o amenazan su valor trascendental?
  3. ¿Cómo podríamos abordar las desigualdades de acceso a las plataformas electrónicas y las percepciones erróneas sobre suministro de recursos globales?
  4. ¿Cómo promueve u obstaculiza el “impacto” en nuestras profesiones el simbolismo de un lugar o la apariencia repetida de una referencia (o la falta de ellos)?
  5. ¿Qué papeles juegan los estándares profesionales en la construcción de colecciones, catalogación y desarrollo curricular?
  6. ¿Cómo promovemos o dificultamos el empoderamiento de la información y la igualdad global de la información en nuestro trabajo?
  7. ¿Será posible fomentar el acceso equitativo con prácticas alternativas en nuestras bibliotecas y archivos?
  8. ¿Cómo nuestra dependencia económica, en las actuales estructuras de financiamiento, afectan nuestros éxitos y fracasos?
  9. ¿Cómo podemos fomentar la reflexión crítica en nuestra profesión?

Português:

Espero que o ano novo encontre todos revigorados e prontos para apresentar propostas para 63ª conferência anual que será realizada na Cidade do México, de1-4 de julho de 2018, e sediada na Biblioteca Daniel Cosío Villegas do Colegio de México. Consulte http://salalm2018.colmex.mx/ e veja as instruções abaixo.

Este postal SALALM 63 se propõe a refletir sobre os gênios Victor Cid Carmona e Valentín Ortiz Reyes, dois membros da nossa equipe COLMEX. Estando agradecida a ambos por retratarem a Plaza de Tres Culturas (site) com manifestações arquitetônicas visíveis, mas eclipsadas (sítios) de conflitos históricos com referências visuais/textuais (cites in sites) a litígios ou confrontos específicos, incluindo os Jogos Olímpicos de 1968 e o Massacre de Tlatelolco. Espero que esses endereços eletrônicos (cites e sites) inspirem o pensamento em torno do tema da conferência, Sites / Citações, Textos e Vozes na Biblioteconomia Crítica: Descolonizando as Bibliotecas e Arquivos. 

O meu treinamento profissional leva-me a introduzir referências selecionadas (s/cites), na esperança de facilitar discussões em torno de diferentes perspectivas. Uma base teórica na análise do “terceiro espaço” também me faz sentir confortável com diferentes experiências e percepções híbridas. Obrigada a todos que já apresentaram propostas que compartilham as suas experiências e percepções sobre diferentes sites e citações. Espero que as seguintes instruções incentivem-nos muitos mais a propor painéis, mesas-redondas, workshops, apresentações, rodas vivas e pop-ups que discutem como nossos processos de seleção, mercantilização, organização, descrição e assistência estruturam a pesquisa e o ensino sobre a América Latina, a Península Ibérica e o Caribe.

Explorações de perguntas como as seguintes serão bem-vindas:

  1. Como podemos usar interseções e espaços disputados para explorar como influenciamos o significado, a perspectiva e a reflexão crítica em nossas profissões?
  2. Como nossas descrições de recursos reforçam ou desafiam significados?
  3. Como podemos abordar as desigualdades de acesso a plataformas eletrônicas e as percepções errôneas sobre a disposição dos recursos globais?
  4. Como o “impacto” em nossas profissões promove ou dificulta o simbolismo de um lugar ou a aparência repetida de uma referência (ou falta dela)?
  5. Qual é o papel dos benchmarks profissionais padronizados na compilação de acervos, na catalogação e no desenvolvimento curricular?
  6. Como promovemos ou impedimos o empoderamento da informação e a igualdade de informação global em nosso trabalho?
  7. As práticas ou ferramentas alternativas de biblioteconomia e arquivamento podem promover acesso equitativo?
  8. Como as estruturas de financiamento atuais afetam nosso êxito ou fracasso?
  9. Como podemos estimular a reflexão crítica sobre a nossa profissão?

Proposal Instructions/ Instruciones para propuestas/ Instruções para propostas

Indicate your proposed format from the list below and send the respective information

To: Suzanne Schadl, schadl@unm.edu by
 
15 February 2018
 
With subject line: SALALM2018.colmex.
You will be notified of acceptance by 15 March 2018.

Indique el formato propuesto de la lista siguiente y envíe la información correspondiente
a Suzanne Schadl, schadl@unm.edu antes del
 
15 de febrero de 2018
 
Con el asunto: SALALM2018.colmex.
Los resultados se darán a conocer el 15 de marzo de 2018.
Indique o formato proposto da lista a seguir e envie a informação correspondente
A Suzanne Schadl, schadl@unm.edu antes do
 
15 de fevereiro de 2018
 
Com o assunto: SALALM2018.colmex.
Os resultados serão anunciados em 15 de março de 2018.
Workshops = Hands on interactive instruction and problem solving

Title

Names and affiliations of facilitators

Technology Requirements (computer and projector/multiple computers)

Abstract/Overview: 250 words

Example of how this workshop addresses intersections or contested space:

Talleres = prácticos para ensenar y resolver problemas profesionales

Título

Nombres y afiliaciones de los facilitadores

Requisitos tecnológicos (ordenador y proyector/varios ordenadores)

Resumen: 250 palabras

Ejemplo de cómo este taller aborda las intersecciones o espacios en disputa:

Oficina prática = para ensinar e resolver problemas profissionais

Título

Nomes e afiliações de facilitadores

Requisitos tecnológicos (computador e projetor / vários computadores)

Resumo: 250 palavras

Exemplo de como esta oficina prática aborda interseções ou espaço em disputa:

RoundTable = Discussions of issues facilitated by varied participants

Title

Names and affiliations of facilitators

Technology Requirements (computer and projector/multiple computers)

Abstract/Overview: 250 words

Example of how this roundtable addresses intersections or contested space:

Mesa Redonda = Discusión de temas facilitados por variados participantes

Título

Nombres y afiliaciones de los participantes

Requisitos tecnológicos (computadora y proyector / computadoras múltiples)

Resumen: 250 palabras

Ejemplo de cómo esta mesa redonda aborda las intersecciones o espacios en disputa

Mesa redonda = Discussão de tópicos fornecidos por vários participantes

Título

Nomes e afiliações dos participantes

Requisitos tecnológicos (computador e projetor / vários computadores)

Resumo: 250 palavras

Exemplo de como esta tabela redonda aborda interseções ou espaço em disputa:

Multiple paper panels = 3-5 presenters offering (in 15-20 minutes) papers for publication in SALALM proceedings

Title Panel

Titles Individual Papers

Names and affiliations of presenters

Technology Requirements (computer and projector/multiple computers)

Abstract/Overview of panel: 500 words

Example of how this panel addresses intersections or contested space:

Panel de papeles múltiples = 3-5 los presentadores con la intención de ofrecer (en 15-20 minutos) ensayos para publicación en los procedimientos de SALALM

Título del panel

Títulos de trabajos individuales

Nombres y afiliaciones de presentadores

Requisitos tecnológicos (computadora y proyector / computadoras múltiples)

Resumen: 500 palabras

Ejemplo de cómo este panel aborda las intersecciones o espacios en disputa

Painéis com múltiplas apresentações = 3-5 apresentadores com a intenção de oferecer (em 15-20 minutos) ensaios para publicação nos procedimentos da SALALM

Título do painel

Títulos de trabalhos individuais

Nomes e afiliações de apresentadores

Requisitos tecnológicos (computador e projetor / vários computadores)

Resumo: 500 palavras

Exemplo de como esse painel aborda interseções ou espaço em disputa:

Multiple Rodas Vivas = 5-7 presenters sharing (in 7 minutes or less) projects, problems, questions they address in their work. Photo essays of these Rodas Vivas can be submitted for publication in SALALM proceedings

Title Panel

Titles individual presentations

Names and affiliations of presenters

Technology Requirements (computer and projector/multiple computers)

Abstract/Overview of panel: 250 words

Example of how this Roda Viva addresses intersections or contested space:

Paneles con múltiples rodas vivas = 5-7 presentadores compartiendo proyectos, problemas, preguntas de su trabajo en 7 minutos. Los ensayos fotográficos de estos Rodas Vivas pueden ser presentadas para publicación en los procedimientos de SALALM

Título de panel

Títulos de trabajos individuales

Nombres y afiliaciones de presentadores

Requisitos tecnológicos (computadora y proyector / computadoras múltiples)

Resumen: 250 palabras

Ejemplo de cómo Roda Viva aborda las intersecciones o espacios en disputa

<Painéis com várias rodas vivas = 5-7 apresentadores compartilhando projetos, problemas, perguntas de seu trabalho em 7 minutos. Ensaios fotográficos destes painéis podem ser apresentados para publicação nos procedimentos SALALM

Painel de título

Títulos de trabalhos individuais

Nomes e afiliações de apresentadores

Requisitos tecnológicos (computador e projetor / vários computadores)

Resumo: 500 palavras

Exemplo de como esse painel aborda interseções ou espaço em disputa:

Individual Roda Viva Presentations = 7-minute-presentation sharing work-related projects, problems and questions

Title of presentation

Name and affiliation of presenter

Technology Requirements (computer and projector/multiple computers)

Abstract: 100 words

Example of how this Roda Viva address intersections or contested space:

Presentaciones individuales de Roda Viva = Presentaciones de 7 minutos para compartir proyectos, problemas y preguntas relacionados con el trabajo

Título

Nombre y afiliación de presentador

Requisitos tecnológicos (computadora y proyector / computadoras múltiples)

Resumen: 100 palabras

Ejemplo de cómo esta roda viva aborda las intersecciones o espacios en disputa

Apresentação individual de Roda Viva = apresentações de 7 minutos para compartilhar projetos, problemas e questões relacionadas ao trabalho

Título

Nome e afiliação do apresentador

Requisitos tecnológicos (computador e projetor / vários computadores)

Resumo: 100 palavras

Exemplo de como esta apresentação aborda interseções ou espaço em disputa:

Individual Paper presentation = 15-20 minute-presentation of a paper that could be submitted for publication in SALALM proceedings

Title of presentation

Name and affiliation of presenter

Technology Requirements (computer and projector/multiple computers)

Abstract: 150 words

Example of how this paper addresses intersections or contested space:

Presentaciones individuales de papel = presentación de 15-20 minutos de un ensayo que podría ser presentada para publicación en los procedimientos SALALM

Título

Nombre y afiliación de presentador

Requisitos tecnológicos (computadora y proyector / computadoras múltiples)

Resumen: 150 palabras

Ejemplo de cómo esta presentación aborda las intersecciones espacios en disputa

Apresentação de papel individual = Apresentação de 15-20 minutos de um ensaio que poderia ser apresentado para publicação nos procedimentos SALALM

Título

Nome e afiliação do apresentador

Requisitos tecnológicos (computador e projetor / vários computadores)

Resumo: 150 palavras

Exemplo de como esta apresentação aborda interseções ou espaço em disputa

Pop-ups –temporary visual or oral interventions offered in opportune spaces. Physical pieces can be submitted for publication in SALALM proceedings

Title

Name and affiliation of presenter/artist

Technology Requirements

Abstract: 100 words

Example of how this pop up addresses intersections or contested space:

Pop-ups –visual o auditiva temporal intervenciones ofrecidos en espacios oportunos

Título

Nombre y afiliación del presentador

Requisitos tecnológicos

Abstracto: 100 palabras

Ejemplo de cómo este pop up aborda las intersecciones espacios en disputa:

 

Pop-ups – intervenções auditivas visuais ou temporárias oferecidas em espaços oportunos

Título

Nome e afiliação do apresentador

Requisitos tecnológicos (computador e projetor / vários computadores)

Resumo: 150 palavras

Exemplo de como esta apresentação aborda interseções ou espaço em disputa

 

 

Suzanne M. Schadl, PhD
Associate Professor/Curator
Latin American Collections, UNM Libraries
President (2017-2018), Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials
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From the President

SALALM: A Big Extended Family

One of the reasons that SALALM is so unique is that we are like a big extended family.  When someone joins SALALM, she/he becomes a member of an extended family whose relatives are scattered all over Latin America, Europe, Canada and the United States.

When one of our members is ill or passes away, the whole family mourns.  Recently, two members of the SALALM family passed way: Howard Karno and tatiana de la tierra.  My personal connection with Howard Karno was somewhat sporadic and brief, mostly at SALALM receptions.  However, his warm and friendly presence together with his contagious laughter was always comforting and reassuring.   Our deep sentiments for this big loss are well expressed in David Block’s “Howard Karno – In Memoriam” post.

tatiana de la tierra.  Who will not remember her down-to-earth name and her affirming presence?  If you ever met tatiana once, you will never have forgetten her.  I met tatiana for the first time at the Buenos Aires book fair, where I learned that she was a compatriota bibliotecaria. However, she was much more than that.  She was an ingenious bi-cultural writer and activist, full of life. In her blog she described her own life as “a novel still being written.”   Adan Griego’s “Colombiana Salerosa – In memory of tatiana de la tierra” post, plus  her blog and this video on YouTube  gives tribute to the life of this remarkable multifaceted colombiana.

Another great loss for the SALALM family is Alan Moss.  Upon hearing of his passing, SALALM colleagues spoke of his camaraderie and described him as “a first-rate bibliographer with in-depth knowledge of publishing in the English-speaking Caribbean.”  These words were included in the “Alan Moss – In Memoriam” post written by Elizabeth F. Watson.

Ties Between Junior and Senior SALALM Members

Thinking about these losses made me reflect on the importance of the connection between junior and senior SALALM members.   Although we have always been proud of the strong ties between newer and older members of SALALM, I strongly believe that these ties need to be constantly nourished and strengthened.   Thus, I would like to make an explicit invitation to those members that have recently joined the organization to be active participants in SALALM.   Throughout the year, we might look for innovative ways of joining the talent and skills that new members are bringing to the organization with the experience and wisdom of senior members. At SALALM’s 58th conference we will include venues to strengthen junior-senior mentoring relationships.

The Theme for SALALM’s 58th Conference

Briefly, the general theme of the conference deals with the intersection of indigenism, pan-indigenism, and cosmovisionism within the context of indigenous studies in the Americas. We are interested in the exploration of indigenous peoples’ thought and action prior to, during, and after colonization.  We will attempt to approach this from indigenous peoples’ perspective.   The title of the conference, the description of the theme and the deadline for submissions can be found on the SALALM conference website.

The Venue

We are very fortunate to have been invited by the University of Miami Libraries and Florida International University Libraries to have the 2013 conference in Coral Gables.  I traveled to Miami in August, visited The Westin Colonnade Hotel, and met some members of the host institutions. I was amazed to learn about the rich history of this beautiful multicultural city. I also had the opportunity to see some of the unique collections held in the host institutions.  We will find ways to highlight some of these collections at the 58th SALALM conference in Miami.

New SALALM Officers

Congratulations to the newly elected SLALAM Officers, President-Elect Roberto Delgadillo and the Members at Large Paloma Celis-Carvajal and Daisy Dominguez.  I would like to thank Roberto Delgadillo for his invaluable six-year service as the Rapporteur General.  We welcome Suzanne Schadl  and  Craig Schroer who agreed to share the responsibilities of Rapporteur General.

Saludos para tod@s y mis deseos por un exitoso año académico,

Martha E. Mantilla
University of Pittsburgh

La Energaia Launches Unified Search

La Energaia a project that brings UNM’s Latin American and Iberian Institute (LAII) and Ibero- American Science and Technology Education Consortium (ISTEC) together with the University Libraries (UL) in the development of a user-friendly knowledge base on energy policy and dialogue in Latin America.

Made possible by a grant from the United States Department of Education’s TICFIA program, this project seeks to connect internet researchers in the United States with the vibrant flow of information on alternative and renewable energy in Latin America, especially in those areas where indigenous peoples are heavily impacted. La Energaia illuminates the advancements that many Latin American countries and organizations have pioneered to English speakers who would miss out on Spanish, Portuguese or Quechua discourse.

La Energaia’s challenge is to select, organize, manage and make discoverable — in English – documents and discussions from multiple sources. NotiEn, a digest written in English by our project journalists, analyzes energy issues and topics from the target languages. We match this more traditional form of producing secondary material with internet crawls and captures designed to save publications posted on Latin American social networking sites and blogs, and policy documents reprinted on electronic government pages.     Such a project requires diverse skills, including — in addition to grant organization and management — the ability to systematically research, crawl, capture, describe, archive and disseminate stories compiled within the LADB as well as in internet accessible policy documents, twitter posts (http://twitter.com/laenergaia) and blog entries, preferably within a seamless structure.

La Energaia’s  team, including Principal Investigators Susan Taino and Johan Van Reenen, Project Directors Nelmy Jerez  and Vickie Madrid Nelson, Technical Guru Renzo Sanchez-Silva,  Web Master George Lloyd Scott, NotiEn coordinator Carlos Navarro, Collections Manager Suzanne Schadl, and student researchers Hilda Paucar, Kira Luna  Aurora Cruz, Ana Berberana and Tanya Sewers, is currently on the brink of launching a unified search feature on the webpage at http://laenergaia.unm.edu/.

This search tool will enable visitors to search data selected and described over the past year from the above mentioned internet and social networking spaces. Team members have created English language metadata for these items, which we are currently merging with DRUPAL taxonomies to facilitate seamless retrieval from La Energaia collections in UNM’s institutional repository, Archive-It and the project’s customized Twitter API in Drupal.

Each of these collections has been available separately through links on the La Energaia page. The problem with this kind of organization is proverbial: It works only for those who know what they’re looking for. When the goal is to put information in the hands of people not even aware of the data’s existence, it is essential to create something better organized and more searchable through standard internet search engines.

Searchable subject specific databases that link users to multiple sources via metadata are nothing new. What is new is creating a discoverable database that can serve the purpose of alerting United States scientists to Latin American advancements within a freely accessible content management system. This system also enables La Energaia to retrieve free, but perhaps less accessible, tweets, posts and pages.  Not unlike the vertical file of the past, this project pulls data on Latin American energy into one space for interested researchers. But unlike the vertical file it does not limit access to those searching a singular topic.

Drupal’s Taxonomy helps to organize websites by attaching descriptive terms to pieces of content. La Energaia’s metadata leads people to find Latin America – Argentina – Buenos Aires, for example in simple search engine queries for “renewable energy” or “wind farms and their impact on indigenous peoples.” By separating countries as vocabulary fields and energy topics as terms and tags, La Energaia ensures that Latin American country names will not get tied up in broad searches for solar cells but that Latin America will become visible as a result of their search.

One need not know anything about La Energaia to find the data this project has compiled, but for librarians working with Latin Americanists, http://laenergaia.unm.edu/ should prove a useful tool and an ideal link for subject guides.

 

Suzanne M. Schadl
University of New Mexico

Northeast Meets Southwest to Celebrate the Latino/a Imaginary


University of New Mexico’s Illustrated Identities exhibit with Codex Delilah on the wall and Crickets in my Mind in display cases. Photo courtesy of Suzanne M. Schadl.

 

On March 5, 2011 the Inter-American Studies Program in University Libraries at the University of New Mexico (UNM) proudly opened Illustrated Identities: The Book in the Latino Imaginary. This exhibit, on display in Zimmerman Library’s Herzstein Latin American Gallery through May 30, contributes to an Albuquerque wide celebration entitled Latino/a Imaginary which will ultimately culminate in a bi-regional (Northeast/Southwest) conference entitled Latino Literary Imagination: East Coast/South West Dialog on Narrative Voices and the Spoken Word. llustrated Identities: The Book in the Latino Imaginary examines Latino/a or Chicano/a imaginations as expressed in books that traverse time and space, crossing and doubling back on boundaries that are both physically and culturally inscribed, and also tightly bound within one another. It features creative and critical texts in two distinct spaces.

The first area, just inside the door of the gallery, is designed to appear and serve as a living space. It harkens back to the earliest manifestation of the Nuyorican Poet’s Café, which first embraced and promoted Latino/a, Chicano/a talent in poet Miguel Algarín’s living room. The rasquache inspired space in this exhibit welcomes that same spirit of openness and appreciation for Latino/a Chicano/a and Hispano/a works. The book case, end table, treasure chest and chairs welcome the UNM community into the space to read, chat and, more importantly, to share their work and ideas. The space contains pieces from the University Libraries’ circulating collections as well as personal items from the homes of Inter-American Studies employees.

The second space, lining the corridor into the Latin American Reading Room, features items from the Center for Southwest Research (CSWR) and Special Collections. These pieces highlight pivotal mentors of Chicano/a and Hispano/a talent in New Mexico, including Rudolfo Anaya, Cecilio García-Camarillo and Delilah Montoya, a photographer and printmaker whose increasingly well-recognized Codex Delilah, Six Deer: A Journey From Mechica to Chicana, on display in this exhibit, follows the Chicana protagonist from Southern Mexico to Aztlán, which she situates within Albuquerque’s Sandia Mountains.

The broad success of Rudolfo Anaya’s novel Bless Me Ultima, published twenty years earlier than Delilah’s Codex, propelled Anaya to the forefront of the Latino/Chicano literary movement. Anaya encouraged New Mexican writers and introduced his students and his community to Chicano/a literature and criticism.  In 1997, he and his wife Patricia inaugurated the annual presentation of the Crítica Nueva Award, established to recognize the foremost scholars in Chicano/a literary criticism. The most recent recipient, Nicolás Kanellos, worked with the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Recovery Project, which is now partially available in the Arte Público database.

Anaya was not alone in his generous support for Chicano/a literature and criticism in New Mexico. Cecilio García-Camarillo, a noted Chicano activist and publisher of Chicano/a works, also worked within New Mexico to draw attention to Chicano/a literature and performing arts. Garcia-Camarillo’s radio program Espejos de Aztlán (Mirrors of Aztlán), and his work with La Compañía de Teatro de Albuquerque invigorated the Chicano/a arts movement in New Mexico. García-Camarillo’s work also addressed the complexities he recognized in Chicano/a communities throughout New Mexico and the United States.

His and Delilah Montoya’s artist book Crickets in My Mind, also on display in this exhibit, celebrates complexity and community in varied ways. This manifestation of literary and artistic Rasquachismo, a Chicano/a appropriated form that uses whatever materials the artists have on hand, defies simplistic classifications of text. The book itself is bound with horsetail donated by the Navajo Reservation and the Abeyta Ranch in Las Vegas, New Mexico. The paper too is derived from human hair, including that of the artist and several friends.

The text also reflects a collage of “odds and ends,” as the author notes. It includes a condensed interview, two previously published works, a previous conversation, a letter never mailed, and a recorded counseling session. These pieces introduce two diverging characters in the Chicano movement: Ramon the philosopher on the university campus and Reies Lopez Tijerina, the armed defender of Hispano lands. The narrator recounts his personal struggle to find himself in either of these divergent arms of the “movement.”

At times compulsory and at others elective, labels and identities, whether imposed or adopted, ultimately define communities. While the “movimiento” never really reflected one community of Chicano/as or Latino/as or Hispano/as, the marginalization of diverse individuals associated with each of these different groupings created conditions ripe for collaborations and/ or support across philosophies, spaces and identities. While “tweety bird” students, as Garcia- Camarillo calls them in Crickets in My Mind, may never have taken up arms to defend the homeland, they yearned to connect with Reies Lopez Tijerina by inviting him to campus.

It is fitting that Illustrated Identities: The Book in the Latino Imaginary embodies only one piece of a broad scale collaboration in which several Albuquerque institutions, including National Hispanic Cultural Center, the Tamarind Institute,  516 Arts and the Outpost Performance Space, address Latino/a, Chicano/a and Hispano/a creativities. Together these exhibits highlight the works of multiple artists and writers, including Pepón Osorio, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Elena Baca, Yreina Cervantez, Santos Contreras, Ramirez de Arellano, José Montoya, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Viva Paredes, Spain Rodriguez,  José  Bedia, Enrique Chagoya, Juan Sánchez  and the writings of Maria L. Leyba, Georgia Santa-Maria, Cathy Arellano, Jessica Helen Lopez and Andrea Serrano, as well as several formats like serigraphs, lithographs, photographs, drawings, paintings, installations, papel picado, corridos, poems, personal narratives and short stories.

In addition to its collaboration with several Albuquerque arts spaces, this exhibit is part of the Latino Literary Imagination: East Coast/South West Dialog on Narrative Voices and the Spoken Word, a bi-regional conference hosted at Rutgers University from April 7-8, 2011 and at UNM from April 14-15. This conference brings leading and emerging scholars, writers and poets together with critics to reflect on four decades of creativity, activism and scholarship. Its dialog across the imagined borders of Latino/a Northeast and Chicano/a Southwest celebrate difference and collaboration while also addressing multi-dimensional issues like marginalization, identities, convergences, divergences, subjectivities, and perhaps, most importantly, negotiated or contested boundaries – both physical and cultural.

For additional information on these events, please see http://516arts.org/flyers_brochures/2011/516ARTS.Latino-a.VisualImaginary.Guide.pdf and

http://latinocenter.rutgers.edu/news-and-events/events-calendar/latino-literary-imagination

Suzanne M. Schadl
University of New Mexico

 

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