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Ambiguity, Ambivalence, and Contestation within Puerto Rican Indigenous Linguistic and Cultural Reclamation Movements

Cornerstone Theatre
Speaker(s) / Presenter(s):
Sherina Feliciano-Santos (part of the LACLS Symposium)

This talk explores the historical and interactional challenges involved in claiming membership in, what for many Puerto Ricans, is an impossible affiliation. I focus on Taíno/Boricua activism to identify a critical space from which to analyze ethnoracial ideologies of Puerto Ricanness, issues of class and education, Puerto Rican nationalisms and colonialisms, as well as important questions regarding narrative, historical memory, and belonging. I consider how these factors impact the projects of language reclamation engaged in by Puerto Rican Taíno/Boricua people.