One of San Antonio’s oldest neighborhoods dates back nearly 300 years. But by the 1970s, gentrification led to the demolition of an area west of the San Pedro Creek: Barrio Laredito.
On this episode of Fronteras, we talk to cultural anthropologist Citlali María Zentella and archaeologist and historian Jorge Luis Garcia Ruiz (00:16). Then, with early voting underway, one Native American comedy troupe is using humor to increase voter turnout among the American Indian community (11:45).
Barrio Laredito: The Phoenix Firebird Of San Antonio
The small neighborhood of Barrio Laredito was established in what’s now downtown San Antonio, just west of San Pedro Creek.
FRONTERAS EXTRA | What's Left Of Barrio Laredito?
Zentella has been researching the history and culture of this historic barrio. She is the author of “Barrio Laredito: The Phoenix Firebird of San Antonio.” Also joining us is Ruiz, an archaeologist, and historian at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico-San Antonio.
'Being An Indigenous Person In This Country Is Already A Political Statement'
With the midterm elections around the corner, a San Antonio group is trying to raise voter awareness among the Native American community to get them involved in the political process.
FRONTERAS EXTRA | Turning Out The Native American Vote
Karla Aguilar, development coordinator with American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions, and Bobby Wilson of the 1491s, a Native American comedy troupe, discuss issues affecting the American Indian community.
WATCH | 1491's perform 'Vote Indian Vote The Master Debaters'