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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Ramirez, Dominica Dominguez
Author's Email Address dramire@lsu.edu
URN etd-04132004-185813
Title Travels in Louisiana: Journeys into Ethnicity and Heritage by Two Hispanic Groups
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Geography & Anthropology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Miles Richardson Committee Chair
Jill Brody Committee Member
Kent Mathewson Committee Member
Keywords
  • oral history
  • heritage
  • festivals
  • Zwolle
  • Canary Islanders
  • Spanish Louisiana
  • ethnicity
  • tamales
Date of Defense 2003-11-10
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
This thesis addresses how the notions of ethnicity and heritage are experienced, negotiated, and displayed by two Hispanic groups in Louisiana. Hispanic identity is a nebulous term anywhere and Louisiana is no exception. In this investigation the two groups- a heritage foundation of descendants of Canary Islanders and descendants of the of the Los Adaes communities- both profess Hispanic heritage, display it, and promote this heritage in divergent ways, with significant differences in the meaning of their heritages. Differences between groups are also reflected in the historical spatial representations of the two groups, with Isleños connecting with a far-away but set of islands which they visit, and the Los Adaes peoples connecting with a long gone Spanish mission and fort that can only be reached through historical recreation and storytelling. Conceptions of ethnicity can remain powerful even while the common understanding of the meaning of “Spanish” is vaguely conceived. These two groups expressing an historic Louisiana Spanish heritage are, in fact, exceedingly dissimilar.

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