Survival and Transcendence of Transnational Indigenous Latina Immigrants (ILIs) in the US

  • Margarita Machado-Casas The University of Texas at SanAntonio
Keywords: Transnational, Indigenous, Latina Immigrant, Survival, Immigration, Education

Abstract

Transnational indigenous Latino immigrants today seem to live multiple lives across multiple borders. Based on a 3-year Mix methods research study that took place in a new immigrant-receiving community in North Carolina, the manuscript describes the experiences of Indigenous Latina Immigrants (ILIs) living in the United States, specifically pedagogies of survival based on fluid social identities. The indigenous women who took part in this study had to adopt fluid unknown identities both in the home for cultural survival, and also outside the home (external identities) for physical and social survival, often in hostile environments. In addition, it raises questions about the ways multilingualism affects border mobility and transnationality as well as how indigenous Latina immigrants become Camaleónas guerreras (Chameleon Warriors) who use “critical survival tools” as a transnational bridge to facilitate their survival in a hostile US environment, the community, and in schools.

Author Biography

Margarita Machado-Casas, The University of Texas at SanAntonio

La Dra.MargaritaMachado-Casas es profesora de laUniversidad de Texas en San
Antonio en el Departamento de Educación y Desarrollo Humano. La Dra. Machado-Casas recibió su doctorado
de la Universidad deCarolina delNorte enChapel Hill y un post-doctorado del prestigioso instituto
de investigaciones Frank Portter Graham en la UNC-Chapel Hill. Sus áreas de investigación incluyen migración,
educación, pedagogía social, evaluación, y estudios en comunidades transnacionales. Es co-editora
de revistas académicas prestigiosas, incluyendo el Journal de Latinos en Educación. Es la co-creadora de programas
de maestría en Latino América y es la co-directora del National Education Latino Network (NELN)
y del Latino EducationAdvocacyDays (LEAD) los cuales llegan amás de unmillón de personas en elmundo.

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Published
2013-12-13