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junglecityArcheologists have re-discovered two ancient Mayan cities deep in the Yucatan jungle — massive cities with plazas, buildings and pyramids, some over six stories high.

One spectacular find was a monster mouth portal carved with a stylized earth monster eye and fangs along the doorway jamb (photo.)

The cities, Lagunita and Tamchen, flourished in what is called the Late and Terminal Classic periods (600-1000 A.D.).

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aztectricksterIn these troubled times, God[ess] knows, we could use some help from indigenous, culturally-appropriate deities.

Here are the Pocho Ocho top Aztec gods we could sure use today:

8. Chingilipochtli, god of payback

7. Guautemoc, god of amazement and wonder

6. Spocktezuma, god of living long and prospering tambien [Mas…]

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tamales1864This cartoon, from 1894, is by Archie Dunn. The tamalero seems to be wearing a chef’s hat (?) and using a charcoal burner to keep the tamales hot. What do you think his medallion signifies? And aren’t the “Gay Nineties” couple elegant? Are they daredevils eating exotic street food or just another drunk couple with the munchies, hanging out at the food truck of the era?

Image courtesy the New York Public Library.

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bicilopochitliImage via Metzican.

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Via EHistory.org:

Between 1776 and 1887, the United States seized over 1.5 billion acres from America’s indigenous people by treaty and executive order. The Invasion of America shows how by mapping every treaty and executive order during that period. It concludes with a map of present-day Federal Indian reservations.

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Tequila — real tequila — can only be made from the blue agave. This short British documentary explains the process.

But wait, there’s more. How about the 1952 Ralph Adams documentary Maguey: Plant of a Thousand Uses: [Mas…]

kidsellisislandIn 1892, the first immigrant to enter the U.S. at the new Ellis Island immigration facility was an unaccompanied 15-year-old minor.

Not only was she not greeted by howling racists, their faces distorted with unfathomable rage, but she got a certificate and a gold coin.

Bill Moyers reports:

An unaccompanied child migrant was the first person in line on opening day of the new immigration station at Ellis Island Her name was Annie Moore, and that day, January 1, 1892, happened to be her 15th birthday. She had traveled with her two little brothers from Cork County, Ireland, and when they walked off the gangplank, she was awarded a certificate and a $10 gold coin for being the first to register. [Mas…]

Star-Spangled Beaners: Francisco Scott Quiñones, Jose Canusi

by Victor Payan July 3, 2014 Cultura
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For generations, Americans have revered The Star-Spangled Banner as their National Anthem, singing it at baseball games, karaoke nights and Fourth of July celebrations around the country. It may come as a surprise, however, that the song’s author, Francis Scott Key, was actually a Mexican immigrant named Francisco Scott Quiñones and that the song was […]

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Throwback Thursday: Don’t be the GIRL who has to telephone BOYS

by Chale Knickerbocker June 5, 2014 Cartoons
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Avoid Offending. Girls who want to be popular never risk “undie odor” – they whisk undies through Lux after each wearing. Click on image to enlarge. [#TBT image via the Kitsch Bitsch. Thanks!]

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La Cucaracha: Donner Party – table for 7? 6? 5? 4 (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz June 3, 2014 Cartoons
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Where do immigrants come from? These days, the answer is ‘Mexico’

by Moctezuma Cortés May 28, 2014 Cultura
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These days in Aztlan — and across lots of the United Estates — most immigrants come from Mexico, but it wasn’t always that way. A hundred years ago or so they were from Germany. The Pew Research Center reports:

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American Jews: Maybe your grandparents were ‘illegals’ too (audio)

by Comic Saenz May 28, 2014 Audio
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In my family, they say that Abuelo Abraham Saenz, wearing his WWI U.S. Army uniform, “smuggled” one of his sisters (photo, above) into the country via the Port of Philadelphia, wrapping the girl up in a fur coat so she looked like a rich lady. The scheme was “dress to impress” so the MIGRA wouldn’t […]

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The Bangles walk like ‘The Olmecs’ (music videos)

by OLMEC DONALD May 8, 2014 Cultura
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Los Angeles “Paisley Underground” band The Bangles’ tune September Gurls gets a remake by History Teachers to tell the story of The Olmecs and those big stone heads. Mira the History Teachers’ lyrics: The Olmec heads From long ago Where they came from No one knows

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Legend La India Maria returns as ‘La Hija de Moctezuma’ (trailer)

by Moctezuma Cortés May 6, 2014 Cultura
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ESPANOL: La India María debe encontrar a toda costa en lo recóndito de una montaña, El Mágico Espejo Negro de Tezcatlipoca, pues el espíritu de su bisabuelo Moctezuma Xocoyotzin así lo ha ordenado para evitar la destrucción de México. Alonso, un atractivo arqueólogo español, Bianchi, un tramposo busca-tesoros y Brígida Troncoso — una ambiciosa gobernadora, […]

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La Cucaracha: What did Cinco de Mayo teach America? (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz May 6, 2014 Cartoons
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La Cucaracha: The actual true story of Cinco de Mayo (2001 toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz May 5, 2014 Cartoons
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PochOpinion: Here’s what I thinko about Cinco

by Lalo Alcaraz May 5, 2014 Cultura
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White folks in sombreros and serapes. Spanglish beer commercials every few minutes. Yup, pretty ridiculous, señor. I agree with most of my friend Gustavo Arellano’s Cinco de Mayo video rant, mas o menos. He says it’s ridiculous, only serves some limited purposes as far as educating about the evils of Imperialism, or the promotion of self-determination, […]

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Shock confession! Local man doesn’t care what Cinco de Mayo is about

by María Purísima May 5, 2014 El Now
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(PNS reporting from EAST LOS) Ruben Covarrubias astounded family and friends here Sunday night when he admitted that the meaning of Cinco de Mayo didn’t concern him and he’d always thought “May 5 was Mexican Independence Day, so like so what?!” “I don’t care what it’s about,” he told everyone within earshot of the backyard […]

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Cartel street fight in Puebla, MX crushes French gang invaders

by EDUARDO BURRO May 4, 2014 Cultura
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(PNS reporting from PUEBLA, MX) Federales have finished cleaning up the streets of this southeastern city after a three-day battle between area gangsters and a French gang left 83 locals and 462 gabachos dead, PNS has learned. The  Marseilles gang (“La Eme”) — sent to collect a drug debt allegedly owed by the Puebla-based Ignacio Zaragosa clika […]

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Jay Smooth: The multi-layered racism of Donald Sterling (video)

by Lucida Grandé April 29, 2014 El Now
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WBAI (NYC) DJ Jay Smooth analyzes the Donald Sterling tape chingadera and wonders why adjudicated racist Sterling needed to get caught saying something before people got pissed. East Los homeboy Sterling has been an evil guy for years. And what about the the girlfriend? PREVIOUSLY ON DONALD STERLING:

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Mexicans + Lexington, Kentucky = ‘Mexington’ (photos, audio)

by Bronco del Camino April 21, 2014 Audio
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Steven Alvarez, POCHO amigo and Assistant Professor (Writing Rhetoric and Digital Media, Latin America Studies, English) at the University of Kentucky, teaches a course called Mexington, about the growing community of Mexican Americans in UKY’s hometown, Lexington. Here’s a student podcast interview with the Profe (he’s on the Twitter, too) and a few selected photos […]

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La Cucaracha: The world according to Creationists (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz April 11, 2014 Cartoons
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Don’t call me a ‘Mexican,’ America! Also, I’m not a ‘Latino’

by Comic Saenz March 24, 2014 Cultura
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It’s a phenomenon older than the United Estates of America. We’ve named it Looking Down On More Recent Immigrants Syndrome: In 1751, Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, a North American colonial with British roots, disparaged “stupid” and “swarthy” recently-arrvied German immigrants, who, he wrote, were too dumb to learn English, and did we mention they were […]

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