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HISTORY OF TAMALES

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HISTORY OF TAMALES

Tamales have been around for a very, very long time. The tamal is recorded as early as 5000 BC, and may date back to as early as 7000 BC. But, first to come were corn tortillas, made by soaking corn kernels in a lime/water solution to remove their skins, and then grinding them into corn dough (masa). They were then cooked and served alone or with various fillings. When the Mayan, Aztec and Incan warriors went off to battle, the women came along to feed the troops making tortillas, meats, stews and drinks. Then, the women got smart and creative. They...

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Who is La Catrina?

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Who is La Catrina?

Did you know La Catrina originally had nothing to do with Dia de Los Muertos? The original artist Jose Guadalupe Posada, born in 1852 in the Mexican state of Aquascalientes, began his career as a teacher of lithography. In 1887, he moved to Mexico City where he worked as an illustrator for hire. Much of his work reflected his disdain for the corrupt government during dictator Porfirio Diaz's rule over Mexico City. Although Díaz is lauded for modernizing and bringing financial stability to Mexico, he also led his government in repression, corruption, and excess, and had an apparent obsession with...

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The Chicano Moratorium March 50 Years Later: Ruben, Robert, Pops and the War in Vietnam

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The Chicano Moratorium March 50 Years Later: Ruben, Robert, Pops and the War in Vietnam

  By Joe Rodriguez Fifty years ago on August 29, 1970, a group of teenage boys who grew up on the same, working-class street in East Los Angeles did something out of character. We joined a protest march. On most hot, smoggy weekends in late summer we’d hang out under the Chinese elm in front of Jerry and Danny Viramontes’s house on Ferris Avenue. We’d argue sports and music to no end. Who was the better rock guitarist, Carlos Santana or Eric Clapton? Mostly though, we’d call around for that night’s parties. We lived for garage rock’n roll. Poor East...

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