The Xinachtli Project 1994  – Phoenix Arizona and El Paso (Texas)


“… implemented by Chicano activists in Phoenix (Arizona) and El Paso (Texas), addresses the loss of ancestral culture by public school students of Mexican ancestry. The project teaches indigenous Mexican culture to students and their teachers through a series of presentations and lectures on Aztec dance, mathematics, language, and symbols.

A 3-day Xinachtli program was attended by 92 middle-school students, aged 12-15. The majority were Chicana and Chicano and had had little previous exposure to education on indigenous Mexican culture. Before and 3 weeks after the program, students completed a questionnaire covering cultural knowledge, self-esteem, goals, reading preferences, and attitudes toward reading. Results indicate that the project succeeded in enhancing student reading preferences (toward culturally related materials), attitudes toward reading, and cultural knowledge. Student responses to an informal essay question favored the program and, in some cases, projected its value in a future context. In a separate survey, Phoenix teachers felt that the content conveyed by the Xinachtli Project improved student self-esteem and was also useful as a resource for multicultural education in their schools.” (SV)
This is a print source that reports on the powerful work done by communitiSource: ERIC ED373952: Indigenous Mexican Culture and Chicana/o Education. : ERIC : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive


Photograph of two Mexican couples dancing outside to the music of a band, ca.1905. About a dozen spectators look on from the stairs and retaining wall behind them. Among the spectators are a harpist and a violin player.

two Mexican couples dancing 1905

Two Mexican couples dancing 1905

Filename: CHS-1313
Coverage date: circa 1905
Part of collection: California Historical Society Collection, 1860-1960
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