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mestizo

(māstē`sō) [Span.,=mixture], person of mixed race; particularly, in Mexico and Central and South America, a person of European (Spanish or Portuguese) and indigenous descent. The mestizos constitute a large part of the population in several Latin American countries; they are in various places also called by other names, e.g., ladinos in Guatemala, caboclos in Brazil. The word is primarily applied to a mixture of racial strains, but it has acquired social and cultural connotations; it may be applied to pure-blooded indigenous people who adopt European dress and customs. All persons of mixed race are called mestizos in the Philippines.
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Mestizaje blurred distinctions between racial groups rather than setting them apart as had the one-drop rule in the United States.
Her children and grandchildren will be integrated into US-American culture, free and proud of their mixed blood and this suggests a different take on the mestizaje discourse found in Allende's historical novels so far.
For data on seventeenth century rates of marriage endogamy for individuals from various socio-racial groups see: Carroll, "Los Mexicanos Negros, El Mestizaje y los Fundamentos Olvidados de la "Raza Cosmica:" Una Perspective Regional.
Ensamblajes are metaphorical high reliefs of our continent, symbolic representations of our syncretism, paradigms of cultural mestizaje, and testimonies of a magic Latin America and a personal world of art.
1) There are the many models of creolization that have cohered around contemporary Caribbean studies, of course, such as mestizaje, Jose Marti's nuestra America, Fernando Ortiz's transculturation, etc.
Beltran, Cristina 2004 "Patrolling Borders: Hybrids, Hierarchies and the Challenge of Mestizaje.
The Native presence may be particularly important in Mexico, with the notion of mestizaje and of the forging of a cosmic race, first advanced in the 1920s by Jose Vasconcelos, the well-known writer who was briefly Minister of Education.
Most Spanish speaking Mexican Americans trace their roots to 1519, when the Hernan Cortez landed in Mexico and thus a unique tradition of mestizaje was initiated.
The narrative of the gran familia puertorriquena, similar to other national myths proposed throughout Latin America, is based on an idealized concept of mestizaje that appears to include all races and ethnicities.
The art is grouped in three movements-Mythical Landscapes, The Mestizaje (blending) of Identity, Political History.
The importance of the Guadalupe event for all Latino/as is linked to the violent conquest of the Americas that resulted in the racial, ethnic, and cultural mestizaje of its people.
Loosely defined as mestizaje, this mingling of race and social status became arguably the major defining character of much of Latin American life.