Eufrosina’s Revolution is an account of the struggle to overcome obstacles for Indigenous women in Mexico. In 2007 Eufrosina Cruz Mendoza decided to run for mayor of her municipality, Santa María Quiegolani, located in the state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico. Her victory was annulled on the basis that she was a woman. The film takes us on a journey from the subject’s tiny village to the Oaxaca state capital, where Cruz Mendoza, a Zapotec Indian who only learned Spanish when she was 12 years old, was finally elected to the state congress in 2010.
Directed by Hernán Vilchez, Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians is a striking documentary about the Wixáritari or Huichol people of central Mexico. Settling before the arrival of the Aztecs and dating back 15,000 years, the Wixáritari are today based in the mountainous region of central Mexico in Nayarit, Jalisco, Zacatecas and Durango states. Mexican scholar Juan Negrín Fetter (1979) put their population at 7,000–8,000 people although census figures from 2000 estimate the figure at 44,000, with an extensive diaspora throughout Mexico.
This book stems from Thomas King’s genuine concern for the preservation of Native culture and his willingness to reveal the most telling contradictions relevant to contemporary life in North America. Reminiscent of Eduardo Galeano’s Open Veins of Latin America (1971) in its breadth and scope, the The Inconvenient Indian exposes some of the inherent complications of recounting history and negotiating modern existence, and does so without falling into the trap of suggesting a panacea.
It is often difficult to write academically about a subject that is so ethereal, but Patrisia Gonzales manages to blend the scholarly and personal sides of her topic effortlessly. A self- defined granddaughter of Kickapoo, Comanche and Macehual peoples”, Gonzales is a professor in the Department of Mexican American Studies at the University of Arizona. This book is the culmination of 20 years of Gonzales’ experience, both research and practical.