Foreword by: Martha Gonzalez
Publication Date: June 28, 2024
What happens when Chicanx students’ educational experiences are shaped by the activation of ancestral worlds? Born of songs like La Bamba, oral traditions, call and response practices, body as an instrument, and embodying ecologies, the authors posit son jarocho fandango (SJF) methodologies as a tool of convivencia/conviviality, communal healing, positive identity formation, and agency. Against the backdrop of white settler colonialism, members of the intergenerational Son Xinachtli Collective formed across two U.S.–Mexican border states and two ethnic studies university courses. The Collective follows the tradition of the SJF decolonial movement, positioning SJF as an ancestral elder of the African diasporic, Mexican Indigenous, Spanish, and Arabic traditions—whose threat of extinction sparked a cultural revitalization. The survival of SJF and its ancestral worlds supersedes the ruptures of colonialism. From ethnic studies classroom practices to organizing SJF in the community, this work highlights the possibilities of nurturing co-liberation.
Cueponcaxochitl D. Moreno Sandoval is an associate professor of Native American and Mexican Indigenous Studies at California State University, Stanislaus . Lirio Patton is a clinical assistant professor of teacher preparation at Arizona State University. Julissa Ruiz Ramirez, Gregorio G. Rocha-Tabera, and Jennifer Campos Lopez are scholars and members of the Son Xinachtli Collective, a group of intergenerational learners of the son jarocho fandango tradition.