Thursday, April 28, 2011

“Construyendo Latinidad" exhibit at Wyoming State Museum May 1-June 25

“Construyendo Latinidad,” an exhibit at the Wyoming State Museum, examines the history of Hispanics in Wyoming from the late 17th century to the present. The exhibit opens May 1 and is on display through June 25.

Maps and historic black and white and color photographs demonstrate the effects and changing needs and interests of Hispanics on Wyoming communities. The exhibit consists of 40 16” x 20” panels.
The exhibit serves as an example of what American Studies and Anthropology professor, Arlene Davila defines at “Latinidad,” or the ongoing social, economic and political construction of Latino identity by various public and private entities that have portrayed Hispanics as a homogenous racial/ethnic minority.

Undeniably, the sociohistorical Hispanic influence on contemporary Wyoming “Latinidad” from approximately the mid-16th century through the early-19th century has proved indelible and provides substantive legitimacy for the northern New Mexico and southern Colorado Hispano/Manito identity for Wyoming Latinos.

For more information about this exhibit, please contact Manny Vigil at 307-777-7025.

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