Chicana Traditions" tells the insider story of a professional woman mariachi performer and traces the creation and evolution of the escaramuza charra (all-female precision riding team) within the male-dominated charreada, or Mexican rodeo. Other essays cover the ranchera (country or rural) music of the transnational performer Lydia Mendoza, the complex crossover of Selena’s Tejano music, and the bottle cap and jar lid art of Goldie Garcia. Framed by the Chicana feminist concept of the borderlands, a formative space where cultures and identities converge, “Chicana Traditions” offers a lively commentary on how women continue to invent, reshape, and transcend their traditional culture.“
Chulas Fronteras (1979) Les Blank
Documents the Tejano music scene around the Mexican-Texas border
Scores of Mexican bands emerged by the early 1960s to meet the de-mand for rocanrol, as in this unidentified photograph, probably taken at a private party. Source: “Concentrados: sobre 2206, ‘Rock and Roll,’ n.d.,” Hermanos MayoPhoto Archive, Archivo General de la Nación. Used by permission.
La Opinion Announcement Flyer (1980)
Asco and Harry Gamboa Jr
Black-and-white xerox collage with stickers and stamp 11 x 8 ½ in Special Collections, University of California, Santa Barbara