Report on Searching for our Roots II

Report on Searching for our Roots II: The Multi-Cultural Heritage of the Mexican American & Latino Community in San Diego County, Sept. 14, 1996, at Southwestern College Barry Russell, Dean of Humanities & Multi-Cultural Events (482-6372)

Entry entertainment - Viejas Creek Drums

Ron Christman, Kumeyaay spiritual leader, described how it is possible to be a traditional member of his tribe, and also to be successful in the workplace. He then performed and sang selections of the Kumeyaay Bird Singers.

Prof. Carlos Wilson discussed specific Latin Americans of African descent, beginning in 1493; those who were conquistadors as well as slaves, and writers, poets and builders of the Panama Canal.

Gregorio Contreras, Mexican Embassy Cultural Attache, gave a slide lecture on the cultural richness of Mexico's heritage

Professor Barry Ebersole and the Jubilatores played music of 12th century Spain. The instruments, made by Ebersole, were a psaltery, primitive lute, medieval fiddles, and a flute. The three men, a woman (Mrs. Ebersole), and a girl (the Ebersole daughter) were wearing clothing of the period. Between selections, Ebersole provided information on the period, including the music's Moorish origins, and Christian and Jewish contributions.

Professor Rudy Jacobo, grew up in a migrant camp in the Fallbrook area, graduated from Fallbrook High School, went on to college, and now teaches at Southwestern. (I saw his slide presentation of camp life at last year's workshops.) Jacobo talked about Mexican American history as therapy for those who have suffered from stereotyping, such as that found in Microsoft's synonyms for the terms Mexican, Indian and Mestizo in their Spanish version dictionary (Word 6).

Roberto Salas, muralist, and currently art instructor at Southwestern College, gave a slide presentation of murals he has done in the U.S. and in Japan. He has worked with children, community adults, other artists, and alone on different types of murals, a number of which can be seen in San Diego area museums and along streets. He is currently working on a mural composed of bas relief sections of Victorian details, cast in concrete, in his studio in San Diego.


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