Mini Essay #4.pdf - Professor Ramirez-Oropeza Chicano/a Studies 20 October 2019 Mini Essay#4 ​The Paths of Indian Survival In the wake of the cultural

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Professor Ramirez-Oropeza Chicano/a Studies 20 October 2019 Mini Essay #4: The Paths of Indian Survival In the wake of the cultural imperialism enacted by large powers, such as England and Spain, many smaller and less developed nations were destroyed and forgotten about. The precolonial Mesoamerican Indians were subjugated to this same violent colonization made by these large powers. However, the Indian culture and traditions have been preserved to this day, despite the overwhelming military power that these countries had. The question then arises, how did these Mexican people hold on to their customs when it was customarily very difficult to do so? This paper helps give an overview as to the strategies and ideals the Mesoamerican people adopted in order to keep their traditions alive. It was a universal mindset of the Mesoamerican people to keep these customs alive by whatever means possible. Therefore, warfare against the dominant country was inevitable. While we have seen this from many small powers in the face
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Unformatted text preview: of domination, the difference in the Mesoamerican people were their degree of reluctance to surrender. The paper explains that even when the Chiapas were surrounded and out of options, they resorted to suicide instead of being captured and integrated to the larger power. This level of resilience extended to the innovation of their own culture as well. Instead of adopting the elements that were present in foreign cultures, the Indians would instead modify and enhance the elements of their own culture to better suit them for the changing world. This article is important in understanding the Day of the Dead festival because it reflects how prideful the indigenous Mexican people were. The Indians were forced to change their ways and succumb to the dominant culture, yet they did not give up hope and did anything in their power to preserve the culture. This pride is reflected even today, as the Day of the Dead ceremony remains one of the most important celebrations of the year....
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