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Exhibit examines the role corn plays in Mexican American culture

Date: November 3, 2008

Contact: Chris Kollen

Description: Mexican Studies class curates library exhibit. Corn, the most widely grown grain in the Americas holds a special place in Mexican American culture, a place explored by the exhibit “Mexican American Culture Through the Prism of Maiz,” which will run from Nov. 3 to Dec. 12, in Research West. The exhibit focuses on how Mexican Americans continue to identify as “gente de maiz” or people of corn, through ancient and contemporary stories, beliefs, traditions, imagery, medicinal practices, art and music. The exhibit examines the relationship between corn, beans and squash often referred to as “The Three Sisters” or “Los Tres Amigos del Pobre” (three friends of the poor). Because corn or maiz culture is also hybrid, it often overlaps to include cultures derived from cactus, maguey, piñon, mesquite, amaranth, and other food staples. The exhibit is being curated by the undergraduate students in Roberto Rodriguez’s class Mexican American Studies 319. The students will attend a special unveiling of the exhibit Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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