Mexican Americans and the Denial of Indigenous Ethnicity in Rudolfo Anaya's Bless Me, Ultima
This chapter discusses and argues that Rudolfo Anaya, in his classic Chicano novel, is actually concerned with portraying an earlier moment of New Mexican history. This was when the New Mexicans of Mexican heritage were engaged in a project of constructing ethnicity by claiming whiteness and Spanish descent. The novel discussed here also suggestively invokes the cultural pressures that propelled the denial of Indian heritage, and it structurally mirrors these pressures by suppressing issues of Native American heritage.
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