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In this episode we attempt to unpack and unravel the complicated history of Mestizaje. Where did this word and concept come from and how is it still relevant today? Who are we in the context of these concepts? We will talk about everything from the casta system the Spaniards imposed on to what is now Mexico, to Juan Diego, and of course tap into the legacy of Selena because this Texas based podcast would not be complete without a shout out to la Reyna Del Tex Mex. This episode will be a bit longer but worth the listen.
My guest today is David Davila, a self proclaimed raunchy and campy queen from South Texas. Dave is an incredible writer with a background in theater that has delved into these topics before as seen in his plays and writings. He is the writer of @animalhusbandryplay, @aztecpiratesplay, @manuelvsstatue and the host of @defendingdivas podcast. You can find more of his works here: https://linktr.ee/davidodavila
Disclaimer!! We are not experts in this field. There are so many other resources out there by academics, activists, and writers that can provide additional perspective and guidance. I recommend checking out the following podcasts: Decolonize Everything, Bitter Brown Femmes, and Radio Cachibomba. Check out the Instagram pages called Migrant Scribble by Alan Pelaez Lopez and the page called Earth Daughters. Finally check out the book, María Elena Martínez's Genealogical Fictions.
If you have other resources to share, please send them my way. I am on Instagram and Facebook @thelatinxidentityproject
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Intro music by Ketsa and Outro by Lobo Loco
Artwork and intro music by Emmanuel Reyes @trueloathing