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In 1969, under El Plan Espiritual de Aztlán, the Chicano Movement ushered in a renewal of the consciousness of mestizaje, the mixture of Spanish and Indian as a basis for cultural identity. By 1980 many Chicana/o activists had decided to steer a different course, that of reclaiming indigenous identity. “…and the dead shall rise” documents their efforts in both local and international settings, outlining an ideological framework that now resonates in nearly all Mexican American communities.

Through a narrative guided by the words of 80 year old Rafael Guerrero we witness the literal rebirth of practices once thought lost in a remote time. Don Rafael, a Yaqui veteran of the Mexican Revolution, founding member of the United Farm Workers, and graduate of the University of California, speaks with a compelling authority.  He convinces the viewer that his message was prophetic and it continues to resonate whenever we hear Evo Morales speak before the U.N. or read blogs about 2012 on the internet.

The film premiered at the International Latino Film Festival in Chicago in 1990.  Now you can participate in its revival and decide for yourself if don Rafael’s prediction that the “dead shall rise” is becoming a reality. Join us for the Austin premier and participate in a dialogue of what constitutes an indigenous identity. Special guests for a panel discussion after the viewing include Dr. Mario Garza, Indigenous Cultures Institute; Dr. Tekina-eiru’ Maynard, Tekina-Suania, Concilio Taino; and the film’s producers Carlos Aceves and Gabriel S. Gaytan.

Semign cacona guari,

Que Dios te cuide y te guarde siempre.



WHAT:     Screening of film “…and the dead shall rise”.

FREE to the public.

WHEN:      August 21, 2010, 7:00 pm

WHERE:   Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center, 701 Tillery Street, Austin, TX, 78702

CONTACT: Maria Rocha, Indigenous Cultures Institute, (512) 393-3310, ICIinfo@IndigenousCultures.org