At the heart of Speaking from the Heart: Herstories of Chicana, Latina, and Amerindian Women are cultural narratives, trajectories toward decolonization offered by Chicana, Latina, and Amerindian women.
The series of cultural narratives contained in the 2nd edition of Speaking from the Heart: Herstories of Chicana, Latina, and Amerindian Women interrogate the universal history commonly taught in schools and society and focus on the cultural knowledge used to resist and negotiate the deep effects of cultural colonization in everyday life. These accounts of experiential knowledge and epistemology chronicle a sense of belonging and web of relationships which provide snapshots of a larger and more inclusive cultural narrative. We call these Herstories. The series of narratives and discussion questions in this collection are intended to facilitate the deconstruction of the master narrative and promote critical thinking.
Readers of Speaking from the Heart are invited to:
- engage in a critical examination of what one has previously learned about the self and culture(s).
- unveil states of submersion within a reality that has been constructed by others in power.
- develop the capacity to understand the essence of subjectivity and the capacity to reexamine one’s positionality in the world.
- critically reflect on their own narrative. This book can be of use in Mexican American, Chicana/o, Latino Studies, Ethnic Studies, Education, Women Studies, and English courses.
Contributors include Jennie Luna, Maria Mejorado, Michelle Maher, Julie Figueroa, Angie Chabram, Cindy Cruz, Rebecca Rosa, Sofia Villenas, Margarita I. Berta-Avila, Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner, Ruth Trinidad-Galván, and Marcela Juaregui.
Chapter 1: An Anglo-Mexican American Context
Narrative 1: Cultivating a Seed of Consciousness
Chapter 2: A Mexican Nationhood Context
Narrative 2: Differentiated Realities in Mexico
Chapter 3: Spanish Colonial Context
Narrative 3: Violence, Love, and Spanish Colonialism
Chapter 4: A Native Context
Narrative 4: Regeneration
Chapter 5: Herstories of Decoloniality
Coming Home to Danza
Daughter as Caretaker: Living the Four Directions
Honoring Ancestors and Decolonizing Lessons
A Cinco de Mayo Birth: Finding Myself in Yesterday
Curls, Frizz, and Locks: A Latina Hair Story
I Grew Up ‘Undoing’ Colonized Gender
Boricua and College Educated
From the Andes to College Town USA: Life Affirmations Across Generations of Amerindian Women
Entre Mis Llantos Encuentro Mi Espíritu
Margarita I. Berta-Avila
Dreams and Transitions: Connecting My Past in My Present
Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner
A Testimony of Healing in Nuevo México, Aztlan
Rhythmic Hope: Documenting My Dream to Belong
Marcela S. Jáuregui
Chapter 6: Challenging Contemporary Realities & Redefining the Landscape
About the Authors
About the Contributors
Chapter Discussion Questions