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Book: Indigenous Religious Traditions in Five Minutes

Chapter: 23. Do Chicanos practice Indigenous religious traditions?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43138


Chicano identity is bound to the political and cultural activism of the 1960s and early 1970s by Mexican-descent Americans rejecting assimilation in American society. The Chicano Movement, initiated as a coalition of several distinct local movements, coalesced at the end of the 1960s. As Mexicans, Chicanos inherited the legacy of the mestizaje ideal that interpreted Mexico’s history and destiny as the result of the biological and cultural blending of Iberia with indigenous Mexican, primarily Aztec/Nahuatl peoples.

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  • Rudy Busto ( - rude) 'University of California, Santa Barbara'