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Black culture influenced music,
rituals of Mexico, Brewer says
by Jane Owens
"Black culture is deeply embedded in
Mexico's folklore," according to J. Mason
Brewer, professor from East Texas State
University and folklore specialist.
Addressinq an audience of about 200
Tuesda night at the opening of UNL's Latin
American Spring Festival, Brewer said the
Negro has influenced Mexico's folktales, music
and poetry. At least three blacks are Mexican
'oik heroes, he said.
Estabanico, a black slave brought to Mexico
in 1527, is said to have discovered New Mexico
and Arizona during a search for the Seven Cities
Another black Mexican, Vicente Guerrera,
.vas the second president of the Mexican
Republic. As president, he started a national
school system, granted religious freedom,
established a coinage system and abolished
slavery and the death penalty, Brewer said.
A thud black Mexican is know as "the
national folk hero of the Mexican people," he
said. "El Negrito Poeta" (The Little Black Poet)
is the embodiment of Mexican common sense
and wisdom. Known for his witty rhymes, the
poet can be compared to America's Poor
in Lincoln. . .
The N.'braska Union will be
open the following hours
during spring vacation: Friday,
7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; closed
Saturday through Tuesday;
open from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.
March 28 through March 30;
closed Match 31; and open
4-1 1 p.m. April 1 .
Love Library and C.Y.
Thompson Libiary will be
closed Saturday, Sunday and
Monday. They will teopen
March 27 thiouyh March 30
from, 7:30 a.m. to 4:50 p.m.
The '"Tfbrarlc?" will be closed
Maich"31, and will return to
Richard, Brewer said.
"One of the greatest contributions the black
man has made to Mexican culture is music," he
said. The black influence also is found today in
Mexico's religious and ritualistic dances, he
Black poetry also plays an important part of
Mexican culture, Brewer said. The poetry
expresses many different moods, including
bitterness and love, he said.
"In his poetry, the Negro has assimilated
what little society has given him with his love
of nature and his own soul," BrewetaicJ.
The first black Mexicans were slaves bought
by Cortex in 1519-100 yoais before black
slaves were brought to the U.S.
By the mid-1 Gth century, 20,000 blacks
were living in Mexico, B re wet said.
"Spanish and Ncgto blood became so mixed
that it was rate to find a typical iMogro by the
middle of the 16th century," he said. "This
mixing gave rise to many castas and classes."
Less than one per cent of Mexico's
population is black, he said. "Those blacks
continue to live like their anchors in sparsely
populated rural aieas. They have no desire to
migrate to large urban centers."
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