Raised in San Diego, Tijuana, and Los Angeles, the artist and researcher Sandy Rodriguez (BFA, CalArts) investigates the methods and materials of painting across cultures and histories. Her Codex Rodríguez–Mondragón (2017-), made with hand-processed watercolor on sacred – once outlawed – amate paper, maps the ongoing cycles of violence on communities of color by blending historical and recent events.
The first peoples of California's borderlands mark their landscapes with story, song, and memory.
The Chumash, Tataviam, Cahuilla, Payomkawichum, Acjachemen, Ipai-Tipai, Kumeyaay, Quechan, and O’odham, are only a selection of the many groups of the region. The many bands, tribes, and nations of the Southern California Borderlands have endured the shifting boundaries of successive colonial powers.
Investigate the published historical accounts of the Spanish newcomers who traversed the landscape, like the memoir of Father Eusebio Francisco Kino’s experiences in the “Pimería Alta”--the lands that are currently California, Arizona, and Sonora.
Explore the resources linked below. What others can you find in the collections?
Resources in the Library of Congress relating to the first peoples of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands regions:
Selection of Library of Congress resources relating to Alta California and Texas. During the Spanish period, this designation encompassed the lands of the present-day Borderlands.
The natural systems located in the Borderland’s 8 watersheds function across legal boundaries.