A Culture Full of Diversity . Wendy Cuevas P5

Cultural Identity: A place where you feel you belong in a sense of the choices you make make, what makes you who you are, where you are from and family background.

I identify myself as a Mexican-American because both my parents are from Mexico and i was raised in a Mexican household all my life but i was born here in the United States in Pomona, California. My family is from Michoacan but there are also many other places they came from although most those other places are still in Mexico. Some family from my moms side has Portuguese background but I don't really know anything about that since she never met her dad.

The main language spoken in Mexico is Spanish. Although the government recognizes 68 Mexican indigenous languages as official national languages . Most other languages spoken are older that have been around for centuries and spoken by some of the first people in Mexico who have passed it down for generations.

Physical traits someone of Mexican decent could have, but are not limited to, are dark hair, brown eyes, dark skinned, and not very tall. I am considered tall for my age in my family because I am only 15 and 5'5.

One major event in a young latinas life is a quinceñera . It happens once the individual turns 15 and is recognized as a transition from girl to young woman . It is often a big celebration which includes dresses, food, and lots of people . Although sometimes there is a ceremony at church before the party for the female to "present" themselves amongst the church it is not always that way and sometimes, especially in present day, it is skipped . Some do a special dance called "el valz" which is a dance that is done with the parents and the godparents of the one being celebrated on this day.

Common foods eaten in Mexico are Tacos, tamales (usually eaten on special occasions), tortas, arroz con pollo, enchiladas, and pozole (another food usually eaten on special occasions). Some popular Mexican desserts include flan, churros, and capirotada (a food similar to bread pudding)

A holiday celebrated throughout Mexico is 5de Mayo, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza. It is celebrated with alcohol, aztec dancing, parades, folkloric dancing, music and showing pride of the country. It is more often celebrated in the United States but some areas of Mexico have it is a day of remembrance for those who lost their lives for Mexico's independence. Although not a major strategic win in the overall war against the French, Zaragoza's success at Puebla represented a great symbolic victory for the Mexican government and bolstered the resistance movement.

In Michoacan, Mexico the most used type of art is paintings, murals, and urban art. Their style of art is shown in many ways, from the way they dress to the way they express their creativity in holidays and special occasions.

A famous artist, author, and sculpture from this region is Alfredo Zalce (12 January 1908- 19 January 2003). His paintings focused on everyday struggles and Mexican life. Zalce used; oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, ink, pencil, engraving, monotyping, serigraphy, batik, bronze, stone, ceramics, precious metals and more in his work. He received lots of criticism for his art for showing things that were wrong with society. Alfredo Zalce has his own museum in Michoacan known as "Museo de Arte Contemporanéo Alfredo Zalce".

There are a few variations of popular music in Michoacan such as; Rancheras (songs usually speaking of rural imagery), Pirekuas (love songs sung in Spanish and Purepecha, the native language of the state of Michoacan), Corridos (ballads that tell a story), and Danza (reverential dances that are found throughout Mexico). Although there are multiple styles of Music the most popular is Corridos.

Works Cited

Houston, Sam. “Alfredo Zalce: Mexican Muralist and Michoacan's Living Legend.” Alfredo Zalce: Mexican Muralist and Michoacan's Living Legend : Mexico Culture & Arts, 9 Oct. 2008.

“Languages of Mexico - Mexican Indigenous Languages | Don Quijote.” DonQuijote, www.donquijote.org/culture/mexico/languages/.

Rodriguez, Eugene. “Mexican Regional Music.” Los Cenzontles, www.loscenzontles.com/learn/music.

“Traditional Foods of Michoacán.” Traditional Foods of Michoacán, www.backyardnature.net/m/food/states/michoaca.htm.

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