The Role of Folklorico and Danzantes Unidos in the Chican@ Movement
- Author(s): Delfin, Eve
- Advisor(s): Malloy, Sean
- et al.
During the 1960’s there was an explosion of
hundreds of folklorico groups throughout the
southwest. Folklorico is a recurring aspect
of Chicana/o community events and has come
to be recognized as a principal symbol of
Mexican heritage and pride but has been
largely ignored as a legitimate area of art.
Where folklorico was used as a nationalizing
tool by the Mexican government in trying to
blend identities of different ethnic groups
together in mestizaje, folklorico in the United
States took on a different connotation in
resistance and pride. The purpose of this study
is to explore the role of folklorico, traditional
Mexican dance and its lack of attention in
Chican@ History, by examining the role of one
influential state wide organization founded in
the late 1970’s, Danzantes Unidos.