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On this regional public affairs program, MPR’s Rich Dietman presents highlights from Hispanic festival on the West Side of St. Paul. This was the first El Midwest Canto Al Pueblo (aka - Song to the People). Program includes interviews with artists, music breaks, poetry reading, and other sounds from and about the festival.

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The First Midwest Canto Al Pueblo enters its final day to day in this morning on Spectrum. We present some highlights of this week's activities of the Kanto or song to The People the Canto is a festival of Hispanic visual literary and performed art and is being held in st. Paul. It is brought together poets playwrights musicians.Answers and Painters from around the country during the next hour. We will hear from some of those artists as they talk about their work and what it means to them both as Hispanics and Americans.The idea of Canto Al Pueblo is relatively new. The first one was held in 1977 in Milwaukee. One of its organizers was dr. Arnold see vento Bento is director of the center for Mexican American studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also a Critic of Mexican American literature and documentary filmmaker Venta was in st. Paul this week to attend part of the Midwest Canto. It was there that he was interviewed by our Nancy Fusion. Let me start by asking you how you viewed the development of cantos across the country over the last three years. Well, that's a difficult question. I think that that if we were to generalize we can say that the Canto is still in the developmental stage. It's it's like very much like life itself. It's in the formative stages right now. It's a child, but we are seeing it grow in Leaps and Bounds and we have great expectations for the condo in the future.In what ways? Well, it's only been in existence to begin with two years. It had its development in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1977 summer of 77. It was done largely through the coordinating efforts of dr. Ricardo Sanchez Tigra Pettis who was also in Milwaukee and myself and I think that's that's where we really saw a new Gathering of artists both in the literary world and the artistic world come together. For example, the Western artist had not had an opportunity to exchange ideas with a Midwestern artist and that happened in Milwaukee and I think for the first time art came into play previously the floaty cantos our conferences for Chicanos had been limited largely to literary kinds of things now art is playing a fairly big room. What is it about Visual Arts? That seems to be such a good time. For the American Hispanic Community. Well, the if you're talking about muralism, which I think is the first thing that one notices in many of the Barrios Chicago is a great example of that Los Angeles New York City and I'll Milwaukee has a number of murals in Corpus Christi everywhere. The Kanto plays there are various minerals that go up. Well it this is a public art and public art has a message. It is not Art For Art's Sake rather. It has underlying social messages significance and some political overtones as well. So that is mural isn't the colors are very rich. It's more in the tradition of Diego Rivera. Cicadas O'Gorman from Mexico the great mirrorless of the world came from Mexico, as you know, however, the Chicano art is a little different from Mexican number that's getting into a another. And there are other forms of Visual Arts filmmaking. We're just now getting into filmmaking. We have some films that have been produced lately and that are showing some promise. Although they really have not come out with a Roots shall we say for Chicanos? Although I've seen a lot of proposals nationally on this and they still have not come up with that. But I think that's another area that that we're looking at communications is certainly the most effective tool to project an image or to project a message and I think we're going to be taking advantage of this and future ours are some of the concerns centered now on the particular message that is being sent across I mean it is that where some of the concerns of the Canto will be well, you know, the Canto first of all is concerned with many things. I should go into the structure of the counter. I we're going through a period of some change they counted as being held here in Palm for example is a regional can't own. It is not a national counter the counter that we've had in Milwaukee in Corpus Christi were National councils. And this is where over a hundred of the best literary and artistic people were invited from different parts United States here. I think the concentration is more local it's more community and of course account was always had that it's always community-based and I look at it as as an attempt for an opportunity for a neighborhood to become revived to revive it sold through shall we say the spirit of art and literature. Can you do that on a national level? Well on a national level it's it's more difficult because in essence what happens is that you have a large Conference of the cream of the crop so to speak and so I find it. I find it very difficult to to do both. So I think in the future we're looking at an International Association of Professional Association of writers and artists that will hold their annual convention, which will be very professional the usual conventions that one presents papers and has workshops seminars forms and so on and then in addition to that also have the local community-based festivals, which would be something like What's Happening Here. Is that a vision that that is shared by many of the people at the national level. Well, I think that most people are in agreement with that kind of thing. We're looking at for example in the association. We're looking at having our conventions abroad. For example, Western Germany Holland Italy or France. And I think that in the literary World certainly in prose fiction the novel the literature that is now being produced by Chicago novice is sufficiently good to compete internationally now, is there a current a The local community organizers that by splitting up like that you may get very academic in the well, we're not really splitting. I think it's additional. We're really talking about having both first and foremost, of course is a locally based Community festivals, which I think we're moving towards a Statewide State cantos. Now rather than Regional every state has an opportunity to put on a contra El Pueblo. This will be the only opportunity for Chicanos to celebrate A Day in the year that deals with them directly in terms of their American Experience within the borders United States all the other holidays that are being celebrated by Chicanos are really Mexican holiday. So the deal with Mexico and this is a dystopian billion Cinco de Mayo, but you kind of do not have a day in which they celebrate their own experiences their own Liberation or whatever. So this will be an opportunity for them to do that. Dr. Arnold vento director of the center for Mexican American studies at the University of Texas at Austin and a national organizer of contos. He was speaking with Nancy Fusion. Neftali de Leon is a poet and author from San Antonio Texas he grew up in a family that often work the cotton fields. His mother also worked as a cleaning lady and often borrowed books from the libraries of her employers. It was in this way the daily on first got a sense for literature daily own rights for both children and adults he too is in Pound this week for the Kanto and talked about his life and work with reporter. Tommy Roseman. Lately, I'm turning more and more into play riding along with my other creations simply because drama the stage the life actor and actress can communicate the immediate urgency of our situation of our search vital search for our survival in the basically. That's what I'm turning more and more toward and I'm trying to do it in a manner that gives us enough slack to not go crazy. The reality is that I'm depicting our are really harsh very brutal in our experiences our we're going through an incredible Odyssey as a people the Chicano Latino nation, which is Written in Blood, and we need to come out of that barbarism out of that sadness that they're incredible despair that has been the lot of our history and but in order for us to do that, we need to be able to face it directly and not you. Or it not go around it. But with the confronted and deal with it in the most human Humane possible way and therefore what I'm doing, I'm presenting this realities in a humoristic fashion. I look at it this way. If we are able to retain our sense of humor, we can laugh at ourselves to the however painful. It may be then we can keep our sanity then we can keep our wits and move forward. Keep going. Go ahead. I was wondering if you could give an example from from your work or a scene or something that might sort of given an illustrator. Okay, sure for instance in our in many of our Chicano plays something that's almost traditional now is The Apparition of a virgin the vrndavana Lupe because we communicate with her she communicates with us and religion being such a strong item in our life in my most recent play titled tequila. Playing with words or so but in my most recent play la virgen de Guadalupe does make an apparition. She does appear in as soon as the patrols the state troopers who are nearby soon as they see as soon as they see the image of the Sacred lady bright, you know breathing because she's Heavenly they think she's that they're having fireworks and the chi must be a communist and she must be the leader of all this Rebel rousers. She's actually sacred lady and she's the Virgin do the mother of God and yet they see her in her great Splendor. They think it's a Chicano being communists and doing fireworks and they're hot because these people are hot, you know, let's get out of here and we got arrested lady, you know, very I'm saying look this means so much to us and yet you want to take the sacred the most sacred part of us. It's a parody. It's a parable when the hole in this par particular play the whole action starts. Great manufacturing of cereal breakfast because Justice is blind. It does occur that 22 border Patrol's come into it's like a raid they're wearing dark glasses because they're blind and the first person they get hold of is the owner of the company who has alcohol breath say this must be a Mexican. That's for sure. I can tell already I can smell him and the other guy is named Springs and he's always jumping up and down boom boom like a spring because he's from the Department of Human Resources Resort is our Spanish water Springs. So he's from the Department of Human Springs resources Human Resources. So I make all kinds of games and plays with words like that anyway, so they deport the owner and his assistant to Mexico for six weeks of us sun-filled paid vacation in Mexico and they go through all kinds of trips when they come back. They look like Mexicans. They're so sunburned. There's old tattered and ring it. So what happens the police immediately pounced on them again? You must be from Mexico and let's get you out of here. And he's a great multi-millionaire. The guy, you know, he was just they thought he was a Mexican because he had alcohol on his breath in that type of trip. I do this. I do this repeatedly in different manners and ways to show that there are many stereotypes on both sides and I want us to be able to destroy and laugh at by laughing at first of all it our old stereotypes on both sides because we are both right and we were both wrong. We must learn to find our points of Communists and not look at our disparity so much what that description that you just gave was that was at from one play that you've written this from one of the seen this my most recent player To Kill a Mockingbird. It's a comedy in three acts. It should be coming out within the within one or two months. It's already in the typesetters and they're taking care of it. I have published a total of eight books to this point. Five of them for University level in three of them for children to of my children's books were adopted by the State Board of Education of California for bilingual bicultural use out of one of them. One of them is being made into a film right now in Los Angeles by Walt Disney artists doing the animation. It is titled. I will catch the sun. It's about The Impossible Dream of a child, which is I'm saying we all have impossible Dreams to catch the sun, you know, you don't want to do it's too high. It's too hard in happy to do that. But actually it's a symbol of unfulfilled potential and the child in a very ingenious way the sketch the Sun and show shows everyone that it's not crazy to have giant dreams. Oh children. Listen to me. If your minds are fancy free. Listen to the story about a little boy very much like you and me and sure enough. He had a little sister who often made Things right? I'm telling it straight. Mr. She was something like a light. He played with tops. She played with kites or with the same toy that would play but something wonderful one day as a dream game in the night, or was it could it be the little kids like you and me can see through clouds and darkness in the night the Beauty and the Wonder bright and from that moment on Raul that was his name would have to ridicule and shame become a little boy of Fame. His name is known throughout the land in every school like yours and mind though. He was taunted ridiculed in mind as a low-key toe quite out of his mind. I will I will I want to catch the sun Riolu tell himself and Friends while all the kids they lived and cheered boy that sun catcher is weird. But whether Quetzalcoatl the name of the sun god or maybe still the little frog or something deep within his mind whatever happened. We remember steal by rule had caught the son. Oh children. Listen to me. If your minds are fancy free. Listen to the story about a little boy very much like you and me. His name is known far and wide for catch the sun he did. So please don't ever ever hide your most fantastic dreams for is it could it be that little kids like you and me can see through clouds and darkness in the night to make our dreams come true to life in all our minds stories have definitely In a very subtle way and very overt but subtle political base and the type of politics is neither Marxist in our communist nirmala, not nothing of that sort, but rather a very human approach to communal survival 222 getting along with each other and it's like the old concept of that they used to ask, you know, what is the community when and the answer was a community is being different together. We have forgotten that concept. We need to return to it otherwise will all sink that erisa limitada. Everything is limited and we must we have a great need to learn how to share that it's not easy but not impossible either. So it sounds like as much of your writing is for while you're writing is for everybody for everybody or Chicago gangsters. Oh, no theater. No queer us. I do certainly address myself mostly to Chicanos because we have not had enough of her history of her back. Or a person discussed and dialogue about I create from a disparate worlds and from our various in different experiences. I synthesize it into such a manner that we become a fluid projection of a people as opposed to what is often been said that we are fragmented people. There's no fragmentation in us on the contrary. We have had so many experiences that it has taken as a little while yes to recognize that simply because we have been exposed to one thing that we do not necessarily have to become that thing but rather learn from it and enrich our own Chicano Latino background with it so that we can retain our individuality to intern and Rich our nation and Rich America for we lost such great potentials. We need when we became a Melting Pot. We just became a blah, you know in there for all the richness of cultures of people's of languages is it's in danger of being a Created but it will not be so I mean people have already come into their own All Peoples realize that yes the minute you limit growth you're hurting yourself. You're hurting the nation. Do you have a real different way of writing for children than you do writing plays presumably for all ages. I would say so yes, if only because for children you must have a very simple story simple in terms of vocabulary simple in terms of not too many complex either happenings or people's or what have you so you don't bombard the mind to degree that the child gets bored or turned off or that kind of thing. So you must be very light beautiful happy catchy story The I do that on one level with all my children stories, but then within the story I create levels within levels within levels of stories so that I have a When my finished product is find a very complex, but apparently simple little story but within the lines there are more stories that that in large and give greater scope to the concept so that my stories are able to be enjoyed first of all by the children because if their four children, I meant them for them, but then adults they're also written for adults very much. I guess by the way of comparison I can only think of right now of Saint exupery elliptic Ken's stories of that nature that have one on the on the surface of superficiality very cute little stories, but a little child in an airplane falls down and he goes to help and the pilot in him have a good relationship in terms of communication. And that kind of thing. My stories are the same way. Some of my titles are things like tamales tamales is a great sculptor one of those stress grandis in Mexico with this concept of the three great artist three great ones in my story. The three great ones are tamales. Knodel and Noble itõs all foods three foods within our culture. No pollitos means Cactus. He's a great artist great painter. And he says that the most fantastic media for great art is the color green menudo. Menudo. That's a food like a thick soup made of the cows time. It's red color. So menudo says you crazy man. The greatest media communicating great transcending art is a little red color and well, you know and then tamales who is a sculptor you both crazy, man. You don't even know what you're talking about the greatest media of communication upon this Earth of great significant art is in the round. It must be sculptures and all he did they unite was nothing but great magnificent sculptures of tamales great beautiful so good with you could even sink your teeth into them and it goes on like that. You know, I base everything. I do upon ourselves upon our culture without ignoring the fact that we must go beyond parochialism beyond our own net. natural regionalism that we're all pray to I suppose if we're not exposed enough to where other cultures are other people's as well as everything around us, you know for too long we have been Held in such cubicles. I feel like we're all in prison sometimes, you know, like there's very few means of our own communication. If it's not Anglo and white then they doesn't go we are about a totally different thing but not in a position to what is already there. But rather let us grow so that we can enrich ourselves together. I think that's the important part all our art and all our literature Chicano Latino has first of all for its main objective. It's a tool a weapon of Liberation. That's what it means for us. It's a movement art a movement poetry which does not mean that if it's a movement it's not good or it's not valid or if you want to be Chicano and you want to be a Latin writer. You better have a few bivas or a few Race Face so that type of thing that had its place and it's still very meaningful. It can still have its place. There are no ticky tacky boxes. No, no in terms of our Saint or other artists A. If you don't create this way, then you're not a Latino artists your knowledge Connor. Everybody is a Chicano Latino artists who has the type of experience and we are not about to tell anybody what they can write in what they cannot write or what shape it should take or what direction whether it should be political or a political what we do say is let us make ourselves very Very aesthetic in our projections, let them be marvelous and beautiful that people will come to the naturally let us not force down anybody's throat anything because then we will have very many problems. This poem talks about Atomic of aronica bury. The atomic woman career has a salsa are she has heaps of salsa this very prominent part of the anatomy. So this is why I emphasize on it and you know all the Rhythm the movement of Latino Chicano music, so I thought it I expressed it this way Atomic of ironic assistant and a Ventana sus caras on the salsa is also shown the conga Conga party coming up on me Atomic over Annika sewing and Aluna. So Sacco's on the conga career as a salsa I get the volume best. So I Tomica Veronica given me a La Selva del Barrio Chicano the Barrio Latino Atomic Veronica, yo quiero to conduct his career as a salsa. Tomica Veronica 16th 11 Tana Umaga whose DeLuna he Cascada de Pinna the so little Lima Atomic a Veronica career has the salsa acoustic Conga Conga party the conga / me Atomic a Veronica Atomic a Veronica the sulci the soul. and also looking for so many they might be what Chicano poet and author Neftali de Leon he was in st. Paul earlier this week to take part in the Canto Al Pueblo. He was interviewed by mpr's Tommy, Richmond. Playwrights like NAFTA lead de Leon prepare works for the Chicano stage groups, like artistes contemporaneous perform them. Now a year old the four-member acting company plays at universities in Chicano communities in the Chicago area appearing at the Kanto was Gabriel Sanchez the group's founder. He told Nancy Fusion that rather than perform Street Theater or improvisational Works artists contemporaneous is attempting full-fledged Productions. We have had the opportunity to work with directors from Mexico Hosea FedEx curry with the he worked with us last year for some time and we staged version of Beckett's endgame, which is a very Classical play it's a beautiful play. And so we're trying to expand into. Drama, and we're trying to work with the scenography and all the technical aspects of the theater so that we can after we reach a point we can then try to incorporate other manifestations of Contemporary Art. When you do a pro a like endgame, how is how is your production different from maybe standard Productions of endgame one measure of significance one major difference in our production of endgame. Is that the first thing when I write an game I said to myself that this was not as it's being classified most of the time theater of the Absurd to us it was we also is very realistic play and therefore our director. We were very lucky he took us in that direction so that We also had some gruesome from the Latino Community is to they could not very well relate to back at because that cat is Irish and so on. That's an interesting point. I mean do you feel obligated to do a certain amount of Productions that come from the community either writers Hispanic writers or just a production that would relate with the obligated to attract people to tear into the Fine Arts and Performing Arts and painting and it's very hard. Now it's this is a stage for us to to develop audiences. Now this play itself. I chose it because I was fell in love with the play now, but the criticism that people cannot Chicanos cannot relate to back it is totally unfounded to me because we're humans. And Becca design talking about human conditions, so we are depressed as well as anyone else so we can really understand the play. I feel committed to bring place. There are very identifiable with the people but I dont limit myself to that. In fact, the whole organization wants to choose place. There are challenging to us in an artistic way. And so that we can therefore develop and learn more as we want. Have you done place by Young perhaps unknown Chicano playwrights know we have done place from Latin America place. There are very political and we are very proud of that people have enjoyed that and it's enlightening to some areas of history and so on in Chicago Aren't you kind of play right? If there are they are not very well connected and so but we're trying to find them and however, there are two kanoa playwright in we know of their works and there we are in fact interested in staging their place very much. Are you placed bilingual or totally in Spanish? We want to be bilingual, of course up to now we have only done place in Spanish, but we feel right now is very important moment for us and for society as well because we we begin to find out how rich cultural society would be if you were bilingual because in other countries almost anywhere else you go most of the people are bilingual they speak either any one of two or three languages so that they can enjoy more and they can participate more in other people's culture. I think now the American people are finding out that. The Importance of Being bilingual Did you do the Beckett in Spanish? Yes Beckett. We work on the translation. It was done mostly by our director. He we could not find a translation in Spanish anywhere. So we did our own a it came out very well. Is that something that you're willing to do take the time to do that? Work. Yes, if we like the work well enough we will work doesn't matter to us how much we have to work. It will just be that much more experience for us. The company for is rather limited. Do you rely upon the community for other acting spots? Yes, of course. We have been supported in the past by universities up to now we have performed in various universities around the Chicago area to us. The most important thing now is to have our own place. So the people know exactly where we are where we are performing and not be confused as to what university in Qin right but I was thinking more in terms of if you needed a large cast would you go out into the community to try to find additional actors or are you pretty content to keep it at for nor will never of course it's for unfortunately because it's very hard to find people who have To dedicate to perform in theater. I'm sure they are and we're trying to reach them by publicity. And so the printing application forms for people can let us know where their interests lie with photography or painting or whatever. We want to know them. Of course the helping some development very recently in Chicago CBS has given some Grant to different Community organizations Latino and black and others. I think things are changing people from V Arts within the Arts in Chicago have come to see us and they're very excited about our play. They want us to perform it in English and we are excited about that because they they like the way we See the play and the very excited about that Gabrielle Sanchez a founding member of the Chicano theater troupe artists contemporaneous located in Chicago. That's gonna be nice that mirror in the highway. Well, let's bring out the bring up the scaffolding. Murals the large paintings that Adorn the sides of a growing number of City buildings are another form Chicano artists have chosen to reach both members of their own Community as well as people around them Armando Estrella is one of those artists Estrella studied art at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He also teaches at Inver Hills junior college, his work has been exhibited Nationwide Estrella was one of the artists in st. Paul this week who executed a mural for the Canto Al Pueblo his was made up of three pictures and the finished product was to be eight and a half feet high and approximately 23 feet wide. Tommy rieman caught up with Estrella earlier this week as he was beginning his mural. He began by asking Estrella what it was he hoped to paint. It's going to be a triptych. And what I have is what is called el cuento and it's a snowman with a child sitting on his lap recounting and experience, you know about the Ecology of the Aztec culture as it is referred to mythology. And in the background is a wing and Aztec Emperor with his legs turning into a serpent of plume Serpent and then on the tree on the other two panels, I'm not You know, that's just what I'm going to put in it and considering sharing the other two panels with a couple of other artists. What are the subjects of most of the murals that you've done around the Twin Cities? Wow that's been referred to as Cosmic guard. And which is hanging out the mean just about anything. I have winged figures. I use a lot of bright color. I try to combine realism with With abstract expressionism you able to make a living doing this? Well, I'm on a salary right now with the compass program. It's difficult to make a living off of this sort of a thing when you have a lot of people like midgley's around is there you know. Strictly professional commercialism and you know, I'm not done reading it. You know, there's some fine commercial hard work around. So today it's going to be gessoed just soda and possibly later on. I give my chalk lines on there and if time permits I'll probably have my cartoon on there for my scale model drawn. That's done. Do you use like a thin layer of paper that's perforated and then use chalk to draw. No, that's a commercial technique. How do you do it then without the cartoon? I mean not without the cartoons, but without the commercial way that you just said, how do you from the design on paper onto the wall? I use a an old technique where you you draw from a scale use. I use an inch to two foot scale and I do a grid over the scale model and then I just from the grid I refer each of the squares, you know to the one-inch squares and draw. Somebody teach you to do this or did you learn a lot by yourself? She's just hard to say because I started doing a lot of it since I was in elementary school. Yeah, bulletin boards and stuff like that. I guess when I got into junior high a lot of the teacher started asking me to do backdrops for for dances and plays and I did a couple of murals in junior high and high school. I did one in the foyer of the cafeteria with another student. Was that here? Where you group did you grow up here? No, this isn't Corpus Christi, Texas. That's where it was originally from if you had unlimited funds or let's say you had a lot of money and you could pretty much do exactly what you wanted to do. What would that be? And where would that be? She's if I had a lot of money but I like to do is start up with school. That similar to some of the arts academies and I myself would also like to take a chance and visit a couple of the art centers in the world and study some of the Masters works. I've had a chance of observing some of their pieces out some of their works at some of the local museums and in La as well. Is that pretty much a big center for the type of work that you're mainly interested in or is there a plan to do is I'm trying to bridge this cultural Gap that that we have between what is considered the standard? World of art so called and our conception of what of what the Arts are at this point. We don't really have a respectable position among the art critics were considered a genre artist that we are a little small group. really don't represent any significance or at least that's the feeling that a lot of us get even when we get, you know, the finest professional training you can get I went to the College of Art and Design and from what I understand. It was supposed to be one of the best ones. I applied for graduate school at a local school. I won't mention the name and they turned me down and I asked him. Well, what is it that you guys want and they never did answer my question and it's been like that around the country. But for a lot of our finer artist the funny thing about it is once they've established themselves and they gained a certain amount of recognition then there's South after. But not before then and The Graduate School are turning down right and left all the time. Then after that they're very willing to do it. So it seems like America is dictated is told what the Arts are all about from the East, you know from from from Europe. It's not until after the Europeans accept somebody that America's uh, well, yeah, I guess they're all right. Yeah Andy Warhol, you know, so a lot of these guys it Jackson Pollock. It works have to go abroad to get recognized. What do you can you talk a little bit more about what you were saying about Bridging the Gap how how could you do that through combining the concepts of design of composition contemporary concepts of design with some of our symbolisms and iconography and bringing them together and do it in a manner that still leaves enough of a universal flavor to allow any culture to identify and appreciate it Chicano. Muralist Armando Estrella talking about his work with mpr's Tommy, Richmond. Do you know got to put a gun before better when I was your luck? They follow me? I think I call me country in the last 15 years literature and Latin America has gained major International attention. It is considered by some critics to be the most Innovative challenging ethnic writing in the world today during the remainder of spectrum today. We will hear from and about a man who is often singled out as one of the most talented contemporary Chicano writers the writer along with dr. Arnold vento from whom we heard earlier in this program is one of the driving forces behind the national Canto movement while in st. Paul attending this week's Midwest celebration the writer spoke with Fusion all right about people people understanding people, you know levels raimondo Paris better known as Tigre who now lives in Mesa, Arizona, his journeys have taken him to Chicano communities Across America. He holds a degree from Oberlin College but claims his real education has come from observing life in the Barrio, like most of his fellow Chicano writers Tigres work is bilingual and bicultural. Those are perhaps the two qualities which distinguished Chicano writing from other ethnic literature the writing straddles life and history which are both Latin an American a combination providing literature and poetry that is rich in cross-cultural characters and images and there is also the central concern for the Chicanos position in society an example is Tigres 1973 work revolutionary owes written in the midst of racial disturbances in Boulder, Colorado. There is a window where I live Good night. You look out to sea a sea of Darkness. the city lights become different colored blimps and the man whose Legend was never heard looks in your shadow. Grim solid Facts of Life we experience daily. There is no more deadly or bum. the new yo mestiza Revolutionary who has seen oppression dressed as a beautiful utopian plastic mask. true love scenarios Who has grown death? By his tears for his murdered companeros. Now carry symbol as his secret companion. revolutionaries would dream of what he can't have but once his existing Hermanos y Hermanas to have Revolution adios lost in the dust of persecution and the death flies brings shattering confusion. lost soul from Daryl Hannah media Rocky Marciano sueños de Mis Padres Avenue El Cielo Como. Sombra was buscando scandalous. Della Guerra de Luz de la revolucion Como Una canción. Darrell of words he left for cetera la libertad. Stu. Shh the prolonged are a la vie de Quito believe that a Pasar Apollo's bosque's Malik knows Sarah's cumulus, umbrella of aroha symbol of the to mestizaje. There is a window where I live. The darkness has a Horizons of the distance City Lights. Breaking through the social fog and fear. You shall emerge the survivors. Don't listen to audios. Who hasn't? refused and will not be driven out. Who has remained within distance of his ever-present enemy? Revolutionaries will belong to all needed shapes to infiltrate. Revolutionaries who has realized what it is to die for these scenarios. That would be no thankful. Homecoming. Well light it clean home for these revolutionaries will come without a trace there is in the in the Poetry. However of she kind of particular the content Pueblo a very deep concern for the inequities of this Society. Dr. Arnold vento professor of Mexican American studies at the University of Texas the Injustice of Society come out in the Poetry of data Paris, but I don't think that that all of his poetry reflects just that type of protest right perhaps some people would label that poetry of protest I've seen in some of his poetry as well. As somebody else's poetry that there are some very Universal kinds of themes that come out I've seen, you know, the theme of love come on the theme of universal human rights Tigre Paris views his role as a poet in more than strictly artistic terms using the wealth of material from the Mexican American environment parra's relates his writing to the history and education of his people for people to have history in history as your existence. Someone has to teach you to you and record it. Does that necessarily that what's happening is what's being recorded who's doing the recording? So it's like you well see the thing is that poets like me did not exist until very recently because we as artists as a whole and we've been recognized as artists. It you know, they had to be countries like Mexico and Europe don't have to notice first. the potential in cultural Renaissance before the United States and it's been in your backyard all this time when that reason. Dr. Arnold Bento observes a tendency on the part of some Chicano Riders to incorporate pre-hispanic mythology and folklore into their work and vento adds that some of that mythology is misused and that's simply because well the history hasn't been Rewritten in terms of what was left in Mexico. And so we have consequently not necessarily white man's view of what was there before but the Spaniards view of what was there before and they're the ones that invaded the country. They're the ones that censored everything they rewrote and they're burned everything and so on and so forth. So we already have an accurate view. We don't even have an accurate picture of what was there before there are some people that are studying the oral tradition. They're studying with some of the so-called natives to try to rectify these distanced Oracle Distortion. That's interesting in that Tigre was saying he if I'm if I'm Is it right that his role as poet is to be almost a historian and a creative way that yeah, I think so, you know, I have administered various programs in Chicano studies and certainly as I sat there and trying to develop a new program. I had to think about the responsibilities that was on my shoulders to try to rewrite the sociology the psychology the history and so on of Chicanos and I think that's something that happens naturally in research, but it's a very special research and and I think that everyone subconsciously does this, you know, they feel that they have a mission to do this well, and if you're a poet you're always searching for the truth anyway, whatever that may be and if you search for truth, you're an investigator you're a researcher and so you're also a historian stoics. Each perceptive distortions prance around my vision and blindness to be awakened by chilling sight of pure white Beauty floating in space. To regain balance only to be derailed by the spontaneous fulfillment of one's deepest desires and like a fool one walks away knowing I've been at this time there was no deceit there will be no sad tears dripping room burning Soul or despair with misery and Shattered Dreams and at last you cease to play and extend your fresh shawl of life and touch my tormented phase Vision mind that wanders by bruja Mount Ranier. We've met and became friends without God or fear, Chicano portray Mundo Tigre Paris. He was talking with Nancy Fusion. Well, this week's Canto Al Pueblo created a spirit of unity among the participating artists and Community residents as a footnote. We should mention some disappointments filmmaker. Juan Salazar had planned to produce a documentary on the Midwest Canto according to artists funding fell through and Salazar did not come to st. Paul. Also a noted Latin American Theater Company based in Colombia had been scheduled to perform during the closing days of the Canto but on Thursday, they notified Contour organizers that a key member of the troupe had been hospitalized in Bogota forcing the cancellation of their performance and in a more significant situation Contour organizers held fast to their Spirit of tying together the Hispanic community Through art by confronting a flare-up of unrelated Community disturbances throughout the week sporadic violence that included one death occurred on the West Side some of the artists wanted to call off the Canto others wanted to ignore what were termed long-standing Problems by the police and Community leaders in the end the Kanto committee decided. That with precautions the Kanto should go on and the goal which should last beyond the final Canto event is the gift of art that the Hispanic Community can give not only to itself but to all the inhabitants of st. Paul technical director for this program has been John Lamb pland music was performed by Los folklorist has and included sequence Erie Lackawanna Sangha Manifesto and trasero. I'm rich diekman.


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