Master's research project : transient migrations and responses to effective change for Mixtec indigenous youth

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Show simple item record Hennessey, Maura A. 2019-02-21T00:47:23Z 2019-02-21T00:47:23Z 2014-04
dc.description Master's Project (M.A.) University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2014 en_US
dc.description.abstract This qualitative research was developed not knowing the outcome. The primary goal was to find an indigenous group that resided in the Monterey Bay region of the Central Coast of California. Thanks to the Pajaro Valley Unified School District's Migrant Education Office, this goal was accomplished by the introduction of the Mixtec culture of Oaxaca, in Southern Mexico. The research began by 'hanging out' with the Mixtecs at Adult Education English class building a trust and familiarity. Their primary language is Mixteco,. Lessons were in Spanish to learn English. The project all fell into place after being introduced to Lucia, a trilingual 25 yr. old Mixteca. The secondary goal was in understanding their environmental relationship to identity. Since the Mixtecs are immigrants it was necessary to 1) get acquainted with their history, and homeland 2) attempt to understand purpose and risks to 'sneak across the border' 3) adjustment to life in California. Eight interviews were performed. Seven interviews were in their native language, Mixteco. Lucia's interview was in English and Spanish. A hand held device recorded the interviews. All interview questions were formulated in a partnership with Lucia. The translations are composed genuinely from her indigenous perspective. To acquire first hand photos, three cameras were used by the informants as they worked 'on the job' in the agricultural fields. The interviewees from their personal files donated pictures of their Oaxacan villages. Common themes were identified and are summarized in this report. The data was collected and compiled. The research brought forth a narrative nonfiction, young adult book, requested by the Mixtec students, as the rest of this project lays it out. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Mixtec Indians en_US
dc.subject California en_US
dc.subject Mixtec children en_US
dc.title Master's research project : transient migrations and responses to effective change for Mixtec indigenous youth en_US
dc.type Other en_US ma
dc.identifier.department Center for Cross-Cultural Studies
dc.contributor.chair Barnhardt, Ray
dc.contributor.committee Gerlach, Craig
dc.contributor.committee Ruppert, James

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