Cultural Identity Ignacio Marin

Cultural identity is the identity or feeling of belonging to a group. It is part of a person's self-conception and self-perception and is related to nationality, ethnicity, religion, social class, generation, locality or any kind of social group that has its own distinct culture

Ethnicity: Mexican American-

I am an American with Mexican culture and heritage. The ethnicity I identify most closely with is Mexican. I am proud to be American by birth and Mexican by heritage. This also shows me the difference from both cultures and tradition.

Geography: Sahuayo Michoacan, Mexico

The State of Michoacan is located in Western Mexico, and has a stretch of coastline on the Pacific Ocean to the southwest. It is bordered by the states of Colima and Jalisco. The climate in the city of Sahuayo warm and temperate. In winter, there is much less rainfall than in summer. This climate is considered to be very humid and dry through out the whole region.

Languages: Spanish.

Spanish was brought to Mexico in the 16th century. As in all other Spanish-speaking countries , different accents and varieties of the language exist in different parts of the country. For example, many common people from Sahauyo have a very loud, bad mouth, but people in other parts of the state like Morelia have a very quiet and proper mouth when talking.


Breakfast- Menudo is a traditional Mexican soup, made with beef stomach (tripe) in broth with a red chili pepper base. Usually, lime, chopped onions, and chopped cilantro are added, as well as crushed oregano and crushed red chili peppers. Menudo is usually eaten with homemade corn tortillas or other breads, such as bolillo.

Lunch- Enchiladas are corn tortilla rolled around a filling and covered with a chili pepper sauce. Enchiladas can be filled with a variety of ingredients, including meat, cheese, beans, potatoes, vegetables or combinations. This dish is served with rice and beans.

Dinner- Carnitas originated from the state of Michoacán. Carnitas are made by braising or simmering pork in oil or preferably lard until tender. The process takes three to four hours and the result is very tender and juicy meat, which is then typically served with chopped coriander leaves and diced onion, salsa, guacamole, tortillas, and refried beans.

Dessert- One of my favorite desserts is a water-based ice cream called "Paletas de aqua". these include a variety of flavor such as lime, strawberry, coconut, and mango.

Physical Traits: There are many traits that both of my families share. from my thick wavy hair to my nice light skin complexion which i get from my grandfather. One trait that I have notice that is very common in our family is our nose. My family likes to call it the "Nacho Marin" nose, which has a large lump on the very top of it.

Art- Diego Rivera based a lot of his art on Mexican culture and history constituted the major themes and influence on Rivera's art. Rivera, who amassed an enormous collection of pre-Colombian artifacts, created panoramic portrayals of Mexican history and daily life, from its Mayan beginnings up to the Mexican Revolution and post-Revolutionary present, in a style largely indebted to pre-Colombian culture.

Music: There is a variety of the type of music people listen to in Michoacan. This includes nortenos, corridos, cumbias, and mariachi. My family listens to a lot of corridos and nortenos, because of the story behind them that makes it relatable to our daily struggles.


Religion is one major part of Mexican culture and traditions. in our immediate home we wake up at 6 in the morning on Thanksgiving day and go to the church service. our pastor will give a special sermon on our blessings thought the year after the service we all meet in the gym and have a small Continental breakfast.

Interesting facts

Lazaro Cardenas was Mexico's 44th president ,and also a Mexican Revolutionary who during his time as President he carried out major land reforms that benefited the Mexican people and brought the country's oil industry back under Mexican control. He was born in the city of Jiquilpán de Juarez, Michoacán where my grandfather was born. He is very important to our family because he gave my great grandma Ofelia Martinez a title of 3.5 arches of land which we still inherit today. Lazaro Cardenas was known for giving peasants access to the land but never the title.


Primary source: Ignacio Marin, lived in Michoacan for 10 years and is my dad.

Joaquin, Pedro Marquiez. "Purepecha." Indian Cultures by Hands Around the World. Word Press, Feb.-Mar. 2010. Web. 06 Apr. 2017.

March, Gladys. "Diego Rivera, His Life and Art." Diego Rivera - Paintings,Murals,Biography of Diego Rivera. Diego Rivera Foundation, 3 Sept. 2010. Web. 05 Apr. 2017.

Townsend, William Cameron. "Lázaro Cárdenas." Biografias Y Vidas. Edward Lewis, 10 Sept. 2005. Web. 05 Apr. 2017.

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