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Marta Caminero-Santangelo

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780813030838

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813030838.001.0001

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“Jasón's Indian”

“Jasón's Indian”

Mexican Americans and the Denial of Indigenous Ethnicity in Rudolfo Anaya's Bless Me, Ultima

(p.39) 1 “Jasón's Indian”
On Latinidad

Marta Caminero-Santangelo

University Press of Florida

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.

Keywords:   Rudolfo Anaya, New Mexican history, Mexican heritage, ethnicity, cultural pressures, Indian heritage, denial, suppressing issues

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