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Origins and Destinies: A Mexican May Day Political Corrido as Symbolic Personal Legacy

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Folklore Institute,Indiana University.


This essay is part of a larger work in progress on language, culture, and thought as related to Chicano experience and identity. My aim here is twofold: first to explain how I got the written version of the "Corrido Del Dia 1Q de Mayo" ("May Day Corrido-Song"), a corrido about a political event in rural Chihuahua, Mexico, and then to interpret the corrido using data gathered through open interviews I conducted with two informants while I was investigating my own history.