By Kurly Tlapoyawa

[Originally published in the Ft. Worth Star Telegram, 1998, sec B, pp 9.]

This article was a foundational statement for the nascent Mexika Eagle Society. It critically analyzed the “Hispanic” and “Latino” identities through an indigenous Chicano/Mexicano perspective, and it set the tone for the literature that came thereafter, both in the In Kuauhtlahtoa journal and in Kurly’s influential book, (2000).

This article was mentioned in Episode 9: The Whiteness of “Latinx” of the Aztlantis Tales podcast, May 18, 2021.

Op-Ed Piece by Kurly Tlapoyawa in 1998.

The logo below encapsulated the organization’s stance on these Eurocentric labels.

“May 5, 1862 and the siege of Puebla,” a 1901 image from the Biblioteca del Niño Mexicano, a series of booklets for children detailing the history of Mexico.

Year in and year out, the Mexican American holiday, Cinco de Mayo, spurs countless discussions and commentaries from well-meaning folks who want to set the record straight on what the celebration is and is not about. I too have delved into this conversation in the past but stopped long-ago, because…

Ruben Arellano Tlakatekatl

Scholar, activist, & history professor. Research explores Chicano indigeneity, Mex indigenist nationalism, Coahuiltecan identity, & the subaltern history of TX.

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