Why Mexica as an Identity? — Via Mexica Tlahtolli

Through colonization and assimilation, our identities have been so erased that we are now judged, mocked, criticized, for consciously seeking to reclaim our identities. It is not an easy journey but it is important. This post gives great insight and opens the door to the important dialogue we Chicanx should engage in.

Mexica Tlahtolli

Why Mexica as an Identity?

By Jose Maldonado
Ce Tecpatl Newsletter Vol.3-No.2 (1999)

The Xican@ Indigenous Movement has traditionally been characterized by a strong identification with the Mexica or Aztec culture and civilization. This is an apparent denial of the fact that the majority of Xicanas and Xicanos in the United States are not of Aztec or Mexica descent. Not since the genizaros of the colonial period have large numbers of indigenas from the Central Valley of Mexico migrated northward.

Chicano scholarship has shown that, depending on dates of migration, the sending regions from Mexico are and have been areas many times far removed from the Central Valley, places like Zacatecas, Sinaloa, Jalisco, Michoacán, and more recently Oaxaca. So why do so many Chicana and Chicano activists and politically conscious people of Mexican descent assert their ties to the Mexica, if most in reality have no physical or genetic connection to them? In fact, people…

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