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Back to the University for me this week, for Jewelry  and Art in Latin America. I am eager to learn more about the learn more about the arts and my  Latin American roots. My mother’s family is from Honduras so I was raised in an American-Latino cultured home. Even  though I have been exposed to the Latino culture, I have not been exposed to its art despite the fact there are two well-known painters in my family.

I am also going to missing a little bit of school soon because I received a scholarship to a craft school to attend a fine metals workshop for fold forming. I have never done fold forming myself but I have observed the process last semester. Form forming in a nut shell involves using a special hammer called a forging hammer. Before the process begins, the sheet metal is heated (annealed) until it becomes soft and so it is able to be folded. The metal then is hit with a hammer in any pattern you want to make and again annealed. The piece is then unfolded to create a 3 dimensional piece.

The whole point of annealing is to make the metal softer and prevent it from breaking. However, hammering the metal can make the piece become harder. So sometimes you would need to re-anneal to do additional pattern making with the hammer. See the video below from Rio Grande which is a more scale down version of what we actually do in fold forming. We usually use a lower gauge metal sheet which means the metal is harder and can not be cut with regular scissors. Also, we use heavier hammers too.

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Independent Film, Coyote, is a suspenseful and heart-wrenching story about two Americans, Steve (Brian Peterson, director and writer) and J. (Brett Spackman, writer) from Arizona, and the obstacles and dangers they face as owners of a ‘Kinder, Gentler People Smugglers’ coyote business.

After forming their company, they begin to find success and a nice profit, as they become known as coyotes, who care about about the safety of the immigrants they are transporting.   Later,  J. is arrested at the border and  their business is continued by crossing the Sonoran desert. While crossing the desert, J.’s runs into a coyote, who threatens him with harm for being on his territory. Soon, Steve’s and J.’s morals and values are put to the test as greed begins to cloud their judgments as they decide which is more important – money or life.

I would definitely recommend watching Coyote because it is a great story of the realities immigrants face each day while crossing the U.S. border. The acting is so superb, that when Steve and J. feared for their life, I also felt fear for them as well. What I really enjoy about this movie is that you watch the characters begin to change their moral and values for money. The movie also ends with a shocking end that the viewer does not expect.   3.5 of 5 stars

‘Coyote’ is available for rent or purchase at major retailers

Running Time: 95 minutes

Language: English

MPAA Rating: NR

http://maya-entertainment.com/library/coyote

I found out today that my blog landed no. 28 of the top 100 Latina Blogs!

http://latinablogs.gotop100.com/index2.html

A very special thank you to Tracy Renee Jones for giving me a shout out! Tracy Renee Jones, a juggler of 3 blogs and a co-host of a weekly online radio show, recently had an interview with whohub.com. In this informative interview, she explains her reasons for blogging and provides the reader with inspiration to start their own blog.  Click on the link to read the interview.

http://www.whohub.com/tracyreneejones

“What are you?” “Where are you from?” “Your Latina? You can’t be Latina (or  Spanish) because you are too white!”

By this time, I am usually frowning because I have heard this numerous times by a Latino person (well…mostly from the Latinas ). In an attempt to defend my skin color, I would explain that my “whiteness” was given to me genetically by my white American dad (even though my skin color is darker than my dad). Sometimes I would be looked at disapprovingly and told that I could not be a Latino because: I do not speak fluent Spanish/am too white/hair not black/fill in the blank.  I would try to explain as calmly as I could, that I grew up around the Latino culture. I grew up spending lots of time with my abuelita (Spanish for Grandma), who would make me homemade tortillas and sway her hips to the  sound of Latino music. As I child I would drink Columbian coffee with a homemade cupcake and I would scoop up my frijoles  (beans) with a piece of tortilla. I loved eating my tamales with Coca-Cola while I watched my American shows.  I had an interesting childhood growing up with an American and Latino culture.

Culture is the most important word to understand  here because Latinos and Hispanics (not Spanish because then we would be from Spain,which I am not, though our ancestors were) is not a race but a culture/ethnicity. When we call ourselves Americans, we are saying we are not only from the “Americas” but we are of that culture. Being an American is not a race, just like Japanese is not a race.  Japanese people obviously are considered to be of the Asian race.

Many American-born Latinos don’t speak Spanish, and can be of white, black, American-Indian (mestizo) and even of Asian race. There is a stereotype of what a Latino should look like: Ricky Martin or Jennifer Lopez, with dark hair, dark eyes and tan or olive skin. However, we all come in different colors, like Latina beauty Zoe Saldana.

Latina Zoe Saldana - Star Trek's Uhura

I will keep on educating those, who believe that a Latina should have a certain look. Even though some feel that they are more Latina than I am, there are many more Latinos that accept me as just as I am.  I am proud to be a Latina.