The story of the Cortez family and their Mi Tierra restaurant is just not a story about Tex- Mex Cuisine. It is a story about how the Mexican revolution 100 years ago provided the ingredients that created the taste and style of the Mexican-American cultural movement. This episode highlights the similarities between Emiliano Zapata and Mi Tierra and how the revolutionary spirit would become the mantra for the Cortez family and their restaurant. Included is the story of how the Cortez family saved “Market Square” the San Antonio cultural icon from destruction during the “urban renewal” movement of the ’60’s. Deborah Cortez, Mike Cortez, Jennifer Speed, and Jorge Cortez take us on a deliciously multi-sensorial tour of a legendary destination.

 

The descendants of the families who escaped from Mexico during the revolution are often called “Mestizos-” The Mixed Ones or “La Raza Cosmica” The Cosmic Race. Originally, Mexico was made up of separate regions and tribes, a mixture of many races, ethnicities and religious beliefs who originated from the Spanish/Moors and pre-Columbian nomads from Asia. The Mexican Revolution unified the country and created the Mexican psyche. Those who fled to the United States populated the West bringing with them a unique integration of spirit, talent, fortitude and hope.  Father Virgilio Elizondo (author of Mestizo), Tomas Ybarra Frausto, John Phillip Santos, and Jennifer Speed take us on a journey of identity as it unfolded after the events of the Mexican Revolution.

 

Lionel,

I have really been enjoying all the stories. I enjoyed yours and I grasped when you said : “Parents did not relate any info on the history of families.” Yes, I realize I was fortunate , but I also understand that under such hardships, they proabably wanted to forget many things.

I have really gotten feed-back from people seeing mine. From Spain , Arizona, Mich., Atlanta,Mexico in Monclova, Monterrey, Saltillo, and here in Galveston and San Antonio. My cousin from Monclova sent me an e-mail that she had cried when she said her father with mine in one of the pictures. It was translated by one of her daughters. And just last nite, a friend of Sal told me I had represented all Mex.-Americans that all had stories. I just told them that It was you that had composed it all. Another one in Mich. told me she had also cried because she had never seen pictures of her grt-grandfather and uncles. So I opened a can of “good worms”. I feel good about it. Just wanted to share this with you.

And I want to share this with you: Written in 1600 by a greek man.

“Not to know what happened before we were born is to remain perpetually a child. For what is the worth of a human life unless it is woven in the life of our ancestors by the records of history”

I loved it… enjoy!!

 

Carino,

Hortensia

 

“The Children of the Revolucion” begins showing in Houston PBS on April 4, 2011 11:00 PM with Henry and Elvira Cisneros.

 

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