Students celebrate heritage

El Grito ends the week with dancers and food

By Michael Williams
On September 22, 2016

Photo by:Kaitlin Trujillo
Danielle Conner of Big Spring, TX dances El Angel from the state of Jalisco. 

The Multicultural Center and Association of Mexican-American Students celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Week Sept.12-16. 

Events throughout the week included El Grito, which is the Mexican Independence Celebration, a movie screening of Cartoneo y Nopalitos, a film written and directed by Pablo Veliz, a panel presentation titled “Borderland Voices,” Oral Tradition Hispanic Legends and the Spanish-Language Astronomy show.

“For me the most important thing is that we educate our population, so we learn about culture and history,” Erika Baeza, director at the MC, said.

There were many people dressed in traditional Hispanic clothing as students danced and enjoyed El Grito at the Pavilion. The event featured mariachi music and dances by local dance group Folklorico Meztli, traditional Mexican food and art displays.

 “My favorite part was when we got to do El Grito, which is something I haven’t been able to do because I’ve been in the states,” Baeza said.

“Personally, it was a very emotional moment for me.”

There was a sense of camaraderie in the air at the end of the Borderland Voices event on Sept. 12. The panel encouraged Hispanic students to take pride in where they’re from, their heritage and who they are. 

One student, sophomore David Alvarado said the Borderland Voices event gave him more of a sense of identity after listening to the panel.

“Having Hispanic students’ presence at the events was the most important role that our organization played during Hispanic Heritage Week,” President of AMAS Elizanette Lopez said.  “The film night with Pablo Velis was my favorite night. Getting the chance to meet the man whose movie was so influential in my life was an unforgettable experience.”

Cartoneo y Nopalitos is a story about immigration into the United States. The final scene in the movie was uplifting and empowering, which seemed to be a theme of the whole week. When speaking about one of the most important points in the movie, Pablo Veliz said he would like others and himself to look at all angles of someone’s story and understand their struggle.

The Oral Traditions Hispanic legends event was filled with similar stories from different regions.  Everyone who attended knew each story about various superstitions such as “duendes,” but had their own spin on it. Although there were different views, it solidified everyone’s connection through heritage.

Tying up the week was the Spanish-Language Astronomy show hosted in ASU’s Planetarium. It featured an educational video ranging from the Milky Way galaxy all the way down to the solar system and Earth itself. Afterward, they traveled the sky from star showing the constellations and the views from the sky from different stand points such as San Angelo compared to Chihuaua, Mexico.

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