A Field Guide to… The Borderlands #HispanicHeritageMonth #LatinxHeritageMonth
Take a musical journey through the history of the Southwest and surrounding Borderland. This playlist is curated by Daniel Sheehy for Smithsonian’s Folk Ways. Each track is accompanied by a detailed description and history.
While today people of many different cultural backgrounds call the U.S.-Mexico border region home, this playlist spotlights sounds, traditions, cultures, and artists that draw directly from the centuries-old borderlands experience. Musical expressions both old and new draw from the experience of being family, neighbors, or cultural cousins. Mexican Americans, mexicanos from Mexico, Tejanos, and Indigenous peoples play and participate in music either as a way of consciously asserting themselves in the broader cultural body politic or as a way of simply being who they are in their songs, sounds, and social life. And of course, as society evolves and changes, music changes along with it, so some of the tracks drawn from the Folkways collections were new a century ago but are thought of today as old-time tradition, and others are recent creations reflecting either a bilingual baseline or a borderlands abyss.
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