Nakum 2014 (Vol. 4.1)

Indigenous Cultures Institute Feature: The White Shaman Panel on NBC Learn

Creative Work

El Camino

Elizabeth Jiménez Montelongo

Elizabeth Jiménez Montelongo creates highly textured, brightly colored oil paintings of danzantes, indigenous Mexican dancers she photographs in motion in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her paintings reflect the energy created by the dancers as a symbol of unity and mental strength. Montelongo works in her studio in Santa Clara, CA and exhibits her artwork in venues across the United States. You can learn more about Montelongo and her work at

Violent Before the Moon

Lupe Mendez

Originally from Galveston, Texas, Lupe Méndez has lived in Houston, Texas for more than a decade, where he works with Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say, the Word Around Poetry Tour and the Brazilian Arts Foundation to promote poetry events, advocate for literacy/literature and organize creative writing workshops that are open to the public. Lupe is a published performance poet and writer with publications in several journals and anthologies, including Norton’s Sudden Fiction Latino Anthology, La Noria Literary Journal, the Bayou Review, Huizache and most recently Revista Sincope in Mexico and Glassworks Literary Journal. He is currently an On-Line MFA candidate with the University of Texas @ El Paso.

Scholarly Articles

Smiling Brown: Gente de Bronce—People the Color of the Earth

Roberto “Cintli” Rodriguez

Roberto Rodriguez (Dr. Cintli) is an assistant professor in the Mexican American & Raza Studies Department at the University of Arizona. He is a longtime-award-winning journalist/columnist who received his Ph.D. in Mass Communications in 2008 at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is the author of Justice: A Question of Race and co-producer of Amoxtli San Ce Tojuan, a documentary on origins and migrations. His current field of study is the examination of maiz culture, migration, and the role of stories and oral traditions among Indigenous peoples, including Mexican and Central American peoples. He has a forthcoming book (Fall, 2014 University of Arizona Press): Nin Toanantzin Non Centeotl: Our Sacred Maíz is Our Mother. He teaches classes on the history of maiz, Mexican/Chicano Culture and politics and the history of red-brown journalism. In 2013, a major digitized collection was inaugurated by the University Arizona Libraries, based on a class he created: The History of Red-Brown Journalism. He currently writes for Truthout’s Public Intellectual Project and is currently working on a project, titled: Smiling Brown: Gente de Bronce—People the Color of the Earth. It is a collaborative project on the topic of color consciousness. He is also writing a memoir on the topic of torture and political violence: Yolqui: A warrior summonsed from the spirit world. His last major award was in 2013 when he received the national Baker-Clarke Human Rights Award from American Educational Research Association, for his work in defense of Ethnic Studies.

People, Shades of the Earth, Color the Silent Truth

Vivian García López

Vivian García López is an Independent Yoeme Scholar and Owner of Virtues for Global Learning, Inc. Her passion in education includes over 25 years of employment experience as a teacher, facilitator, educational diagnostician, student support service specialist, academic counselor and administrator within the realms of early childhood, K-12, special education, community colleges and universities, and non-profit organizations. She formerly was employed as the Executive Director of Education with the Pascua Yaqui Nation and prior to this position, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bilingual Education at Boise State University. Dr. García López locates educational equity and social justice issues central to her cultural and interdisciplinary pedagogical approaches in education which are influenced by Indigenous notions of how individuals make meaning in their lives.


Writing Greater Indigenous Mexico: Mid-Century American Indians Look South for Revolutionary Possibility

Crystal M. Kurzen

Crystal M. Kurzen earned her Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin in English with a concentration in Mexican American and ethnic American literatures. She currently holds a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship in the Department of English at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, where she is at work on her manuscript, Literary Nepantla: Genre and Method in Contemporary Chicana/o Life Narratives. Her project focuses on how contemporary Chicanas/os relate self and community from the alter-Native space of nepantla through multigeneric storytelling techniques based primarily in strategies of reconceptualizing conventional autobiography. She has published an article on Pat Mora in a/b: Auto/Biography Studies and recently completed an essay on Native American women’s autobiography for a collection forthcoming from Oxford University Press entitled The Oxford Handbook of Indigenous American Literatures.

2 thoughts on “Nakum 2014 (Vol. 4.1)

  1. Amazing work stamina from Dr. Cintli. Pertinent and important in our time of decline of Western Imperialism. Mil gracias. Roberto and all the fine genre.

  2. Are you aware of Dr. Maynard in Austin Texas who claims to be descendant of Taino Indians of Puerto Rico. Also there is a Taino organization with members in New York, Pennsylvania and the Caribbean.

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