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CMAS Portfolio Plática: Eunice Garza

"San Diego, Texas: The Material Culture of a Rebellion, Media Representations and Cucurazzas and Navigating Speaking for My Home Community"

Wed, November 20, 2013 | Chicano Culture Room (UNB 4.206), Texas Union, The University of Texas at Austin

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

A bug from San Diego, Texas made headlines across the United States in 1895. This cucurazza purportedly killed anyone it bit, and was front page news. This was not San Diego’s first or last time to make national headlines. Was there a killer bug lurking in the chaparral? Was this coverage a hoax or a tale of modern science debunking local superstition? The cucurazza reveals local traditions and indigenous beliefs. The next time San Diego made headlines it was the triple homicide of local Mexican American leaders.

This portfolio plática by Eunice Garza will cover the cucurazza scare, the Plan de San Diego media coverage and how people actually lived in this infamous border town between 1880 and 1930, during a time when one out of every 211 ethnically Mexican people died by documented mob violence, murders, deportation and common diseases. The talk, based on Garza's dissertation, will explore the way people survived in this small south Texas town and examine how their lives and deaths were covered by the print media. The plática makes the case that "Mexican American Archaeology" should be a recognized sub-discipline of archaeology, and hopes to engage more 'backyard archaeologists' to increases knowledge about Mexican Americans in Texas and in the rest of the United States.

Eunice Garza is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology with a Graduate Portfolio in Mexican American Studies. Her dissertation supervisor is Brian Stross, professor in the Department of Anthropology.

Sponsored by: Center for Mexican American Studies

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