CU Chicanx/Latinx History Collection
CU Chicanx History Collection
Session 1A: Teaching and Being Taught by Los Seis de Boulder
Mendoza Gutierrez, Natalie
Assistant Professor, History, CU Boulder
Director, Latino History Project, CU Boulder
Chicano-Mexicano grassroots community activist, educator, and organizer
1 video : color, sound; 01:01:26
presentations (communicative events)
“Mártires del Movimiento in the Classroom.” Presented by Jasón Romero (Director, Latino History Project, School of Education, CU Boulder).This presentation highlights the use of the narratives surrounding the lives and martyrdom of Ricardo Falcón and Los Seis de Boulder in K-12 classrooms. Pulling heavily on resources provided by community members and CU Boulder’s Latino History Project, this presentation explores how K-12 educators can utilize murals, music and testimonio to explore these stories in authentic and transformative manner that serves to empower students despite the violence and repression illustrated through these stories. Specifically, Romero will analyze the mural of Los Seis from artist Pedro Romero that once was painted on the walls of the UMC, Augustine Cordova’s “Corrido de Los Seis,” Heriberto Teran’s poem, “Aztlán esta de Luto,” and the narratives of the martyrs included in a May 2014 special edition of La Cucaracha newspaper. Connections to Colorado Chicana/o/x communities, Colorado Academic Standards and multiple content areas will be named and explored. “Los Seis de Boulder: Insurgent Scholar-Activists and the Radical Pedagogies of a Usable Past." Presented by Daniel Salcido (community activist, educator, and organizer).This presentation addresses how research methodologies such as oral histories, community newspapers and testimonio, and archival research - artifacts of a “usable past” - can expand the narrative of the Chicano Movement in Colorado beyond the violent deaths of Los Seis de Boulder. Such scholarship fills in the “blank spots” in the historical experience of the Chicanx community in Colorado, uncovering radical pedagogies of activism that are intertwined with the solidarity networks of other oppressed nationalities from third-world radical and leftist groups. They produce counter-memories of and eulogies to organized political expression that extend into current movements and struggles for social justice, such as the student disappearances of Ayotzinapa.
00:00 Natalie Mendoza introduces the presentation; 03:15 Jason Romero begins his presentation titled "Martires del Movimiento in the Classroom." He talks about learning the history of Los Seis through the community he knew, rather than in the classroom; 05:58 Jason talks about the curriculum he teaches to his students within his high school classrooms while following academic standards; 07:15 Jason talks about the resources that he uses while teaching such as the Mural of Los Seis, the history of UMAS and the narratives of the martyrs of Los Seis, and the background of Ricardo Falcon; 20:00 Jason talks about collecting primary sources that he can add to the Latino History Project; 23:55 Jason plays a recording of a song titled "Corrido de Los Seis de Boulder"; 27:13 Daniel Salcido begins his presentation titled "Los Seis de Boulder: Insurgent scholar-activist and the radical pedagogies of a usable past"; 31:30 Daniel begins his presentation and talks about his background in Boulder, Colorado. He mentions how he met some of the UMAS activists in high school and how they influenced what he does today; 33:45 Daniel talks about oral history as critical pedagogy; 38:10 Daniel talks about his participation in a project titled "Beyond Chicanismo Oral History Project" which critiqued the literature within Chicano Studies programs; 45:00 Daniel talks about how the martyrs of Los Seis de Boulder fit within what he considers the heterogeneity movement. He talks through the biographies of the victims of Los Seis; 56:45 Daniel talks about insurgencies; 58:07 Natalie asks Daniel and Jason a question from an audience member about student activism; 01:01:00 Natalie thanks Daniel and Jason for their presentations and session ends.
Primary sources (Historical sources)
Los Seis de Boulder
Session 1A 11.6.2021.mp4
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