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Fire in the CanyonReligion, Migration, and the Mexican Dream$
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Leah M. Sarat

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814759370

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814759370.001.0001

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The Mexican Dream

The Mexican Dream

(p.168) 8. The Mexican Dream
Fire in the Canyon

Leah Sarat

NYU Press

This chapter examines the collective vision that drives the Caminata Nocturna: the Mexican Dream. It shows that residents of El Alberto are finding within their ethnic heritage a tradition of endurance and collective survival that bridges religious divides and offers an antidote to the individualism and materialism of American life. Through the Caminata Nocturna, residents of El Alberto call upon one another in hopes of realizing a future in which they will no longer depend on international migration. They embrace varied understandings of ethnic identity, consumerism, migrant labor, and the ultimate horizon of human life. However, evangelicals and non-evangelicals alike are bound together by a deep loyalty to their town and to their tradition of collective labor. This chapter also considers the right of indigenous people, both in El Alberto and in Mexico as a whole, to exist as a comunidad and manage land on their own terms.

Keywords:   migration, Caminata Nocturna, Mexican Dream, El Alberto, ethnic identity, consumerism, migrant labor, collective labor, indigenous people, comunidad

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