La Comunidad Latina in the United States: Personal and Political Strategies for Transforming Culture

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2
The Personal, Political, Historical,
and Sacred Faces of la Cultura
Latina

To know yourself is to know your lord.

-- Ibn Arabi

Culturally . . . returning to the source means not a recreating of the past but the building of the future: not to restore the past or to worship it as a false idol, but to build an authentic future, one which subsumes our past, not denies it.

-- Juan Gómez Quiñones


INTRODUCTION

In I Heard the Owl Call My Name, a novel about American Indians in the Northwest, Margaret Craven has one of her characters state, "no village, no culture, can remain static." 1 This is because a culture that does not prepare people to deal with fundamentally new problems disables them so that they are rendered wounded, partial selves. 2

If we are to confront radically new issues, we cannot use tradition as a container to protect us because people do not simply inherit and hand on a cultural past by telling the old stories. Of the very nature of our humanity, we have a historical face that needs us to actually make history by responding to the per-

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction 1
  • 2 - The Personal, Political, Historical, and Sacred Faces of La Cultura Latina 71
  • Bibliography 185
  • Index 193
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