Author Archives: Tlakatekatl

“Problematize” & Academic Discourse

Every now and then, I’ll stop and ponder on the meanings of words I encounter in my academic studies, convincing myself that I understand their meaning. But then I get to thinking and  stop what I’m doing to check (and double check) until I find a satisfactory definition.  That is the case here with the […]

When a Virgin Sacrifice at Fair Park Almost Caused an International Incident — 1937

Aztec “Sacrifice” in Dallas (Pan-American Expo – 1937)

AUGUST 13, 1521: AN AGE OF RUIN BEGINS | #Mexika #NikanTitlakah #Xicanism #decolonize

AUGUST 13, 1521: AN AGE OF RUIN BEGINS Today, August 13, marks the date that the Great Tenochtitlan succumbed to the convergence of forces against it in the year 1521. I say “succumbed” and “convergence of forces” because, contrary to the Hispano-centric narrative of this event, it was way more complicated than the usual regurgitated […]

George T. Díaz on Law Enforcement Legacies of 1910s Violence | #Xicanism #history #immigration #borderpatrol

“Seeing Sediciosos Where There Aren’t Any: U.S. State Violence against Smugglers Before and After the Plan de San Diego” In Américo Parades’s classic novel George Washington Gómez, we meet Feliciano García, a former sedicioso who survives the violence of the era and settles down to a quiet life caring for the family of his murdered […]

Miguel Levario Addresses Impact of Plan de San Diego on Race Relations | #Xicanism #Tejano #history #decolonize

The Plan de San Diego of 1915 is arguably the most controversial document in Texas history since the call to arms for the Texas rebellion of 1836. The Plan was a visionary manifesto that sought retribution for the atrocities committed by the dominant society and the Texas Rangers since the outbreak of the Texan rebellion. […]

“Motekuhzoma’s Headdress” reproduced in Mexico | #Azteca #Mexika #culture #history

MOCTEZUMA’S HEADDRESS, REPLICA FAITHFUL TO THE ORIGINAL Organización Editorial Mexicana July 13, 2015 [Editor’s note: Too bad that the supposed “Penacho de Motekuhzoma” was never an actual headdress ever worn by anyone, much less by the Tlahtoani himself. In fact, the original was a gift from Motekuhzoma to Cortez; was stolen by pirates; was gifted […]

San Antonio! Check this: Black & Brown Sounds in Tejas @UTSA feat. Archie Bell, The Sunliners band; 6.26.15

Black and Brown Sounds in Tejas: Cultural Afromestizaje Mini Symposium and Concert University of Texas at San Antonio Downtown Campus Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326)  June 26, 2015 6:00-9:00PM Featuring: Archie Bell with former members of The Sunliners Band FREE AND OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY: The Mexican American Studies Program and the Office of Student […]

Western world shows same disregard for human life as the Aztecs, says bishop | because #woo #pseudointellectual #indigenous #decolonize

It appears that the funny-hat and dress-wearing idiot misspoke: what he meant to say was that abortion is like the mass killing of hundreds of thousands of innocents during the Dark Ages, when irrational and unintelligent buffoons like him –under the auspices and justification of religion, i.e. the Inquisition– murdered people that his criminal organization […]

ICYMI | Is “America” an Indigenous word? | #Mexika #indigenous #Xicanism #NikanTitlakah

My latest piece posted at America! The land and name have provoked a centuries-long debate and conversation over who gets credit for discovering it and who gets the honor of having it name after them. Whatever your thought on the matter, convention has it that the American continents are named after Amerigo Vespucci. This […]

Woman Claims Past Life Regression Cured Her Food Addiction | #pseudoscience #nonsense | (mis) #appropriation

And, in today’s ‘woo’ news: Belinda Ramirez of the fine state of Texas claims that because of her past life as a emaciated Aztec woman, she is addicted to food in the here and now. Ramirez—who, according to her Facebook page, graduated with a degree in mathematics from Texas State University and works at the […]