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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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Furthermore, the highland mestizo and coastal criollo divide that characterizes Peru's national ethnic imaginary complicates the mestizo/Indian dichotomy in that highland mestizos are likewise positioned in an inferior social status relative to the nation's coastal urban criollo elite.
As accounts by the Franciscan friar Motolonia and, later, the Tlaxcalan mestizo Diego Valades reveal, by 1538 the Franciscans had tapped Nahua elements of religious ritual and began incorporating them into the Catholic Mass and Corpus Christi celebrations (Stevenson 157-59, 168).
Second, the MAS and, initially, Pachakutik as well have sought to turn the low level of ethnic consciousness to their advantage by reaching out to whites and mestizos as well as indigenous people.
However, considering that mestizaje ideology influenced Vasconcelos's vision, the goals of the cultural missionary program are problematic because they promote racial and ethnic discrimination toward people who are considered to be outside of the mestizo cultural norm.
These factors--their biological role of motherhood, their value as part of the household production, their lower access to formal education in early years, and subsequent lower levels of bilingualism --partly explain the increase in the gender gap in higher educational levels in relation to men and in relation to the broader mestizo society.
In contrast all 120 samples from Afro-Ecuadorian and mestizo persons were negative.
Our two measures for indigenous men show that only 24% or 33% had medical visits while 43% of mestizo farmworker males had seen a doctor.
Indeed, the need to write and rewrite the origins of the mestizo family in national literatures comes out of a context in which there were few mestizo families and "European men treated coercion as a normal part of the range of sexual relations" (Kellogg 59).
Especially as he brings to the stage his Trio Mestizo, with Hammadi Rencurrell on percussion and Emma Blanco on violin.
calls on the experiences and practices of African and indigenous groups, which are not included but subsumed into mestizo, as possible disruptions to this totalizing narrative.
Noteworthy ancillary material includes an introduction by each editor (Vicuna on mestizo poetics, "works that emerged from the clash of cultures in Latin America"; Livon-Grosman with a historical survey), bio-bibliographical notes, illustrations, and an annotated list of translators (the latter an indication of the privileged place in the anthology of translation as both creative and interpretive endeavor).
First we go to the Pampa de Cangallo, the dwelling place of the Morochuco, a legendary people who are proud of their mestizo ancestry.