Towards Definitions of Indigena and Chicana Membership: A Conversation

“The book of indigeneity cannot close off at colonization.”
– Dean Mayorga

Topic: Indigena, Indigenous Identity, Chicana Studies, Chicana Community
 Towards Definitions of Indigena and Chicana Membership: A Conversation
Participants:  Dean Mayorga
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Time: 5:15 PM (PST)
Station: KUCR 88.3 FM Riverside, CA
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Discussion Topics:

  • Have you read the article, How the Chican@ Discourse Silences Indigenous Peoples from Mexico + Central Americans?    
    Available at,
  • Is there a difference between being indigenous and identifying as indigenous ancestry or indigenous descendant?
  • What does Indigeneity mean within Chicana and Brown context?
  • What is relationship between defining indigenous and racism?
  • Is indigenous classification marked by assessments of being other than or less than White?
  • Chicana is an inclusive term?
  • What is the difference between Chicana Studies as academic and outside Chicana lived experiences?
  • How do we take ownership of own experiences and our own names?
  • “The book of indigeneity cannot close off at colonization.” – Dean
  • Chicanas  express old and new traditions.
  • How do we learn to own our ways of membership?
  • Is there a disconnection between the field of Chicana Studies and the communities of Chicanas, Chicanx and Chicanos?
  • An act of remembrance.
  • Why does the nation-state want to erase indigenous definitions and instead use Hispanic and Latino labels?
  • How did the theory of mestizaje influence Chicana Studies and Chicana communities?
  • What happens to mesitizaje discourse if we access race deconstruction material?
  • How did the adoption of belief in mestizaje produce a platform of loss?
  • What is the role of colorism for light skinned Chicanx/Chicanas/Chicanos? 
  • Can you take a DNA test to find out if you are indigenous or Spanish?
  •  Indigeneity is political .
  •  How does the Hispanic and Latino movement erase indigenous definitions?
  •  How do we acknowledge the power to control the terms that we will use to name ourselves?
  •  Do you have to apologize for being a person that has moved from one land base to another?
  •  What is the role of social media in redefining Chicanisma?
  • Is Chicana Studies changing more now than before?
  • Is being Chicana in constant flux?
  •  How did Chicanas get repackaged as Hispanics?
  • The politics of renaming.
  •  How often is Chicana Studies updated?

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