Border Culture Essay

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Traditions are passed on generation to generation in every culture. The U.S-Mexico border consists of numerous customs that have lived for hundreds of years. This essay examines Jose’ Pablo Villalobos and Juan Carlos Ramirez-Pimiento essay “Corridos and la pura verdad: Myths and Realities of the Mexican Ballad” which discusses the corrido. Chapter six, “Everyday Border Heroes” of Patricia L. Price’s book Dry Place which illustrates the reasons to the devotion to unofficial saints. Futhermore, this essay reviews five of the twenty myths that Aviva Chomsky confronts in her book “They Take Our Jobs!”.
In the essay “Corridos and la pura verdad: Myths and Realities of the Mexican Ballad, Villalobos and Ramirez-Pimiento discuss the Mexican Corrido, the issues it relates to, and its relevance to the border culture. The issues the corrido relates to involve the question as to whether the descriptive verses in the ballads are factual or fictional. The corrido is relevant to the border culture because many of the subjects are drug traffickers that are regarded as heroes.
Villalobos and Ramirez-Pimiento explain that “The MEXICAN, CORRIDO, or ballad, has been popularly portrayed as a cultural form that registers events and subjects that state-controlled records do not” (Villalobos, 129). Many people question whether these events are being recorded in history books and state controlled records accurately. As an example the authors recount the story of Hector Felix Miranda also known as “El ‘Gato’ Felix” (Villalobos, 133). According to the prohibited corrido by Enrique Franco, Hector was killed in “…in a mere attempt at silencing the voice of the people…” (Villalobos, 131-132). The second corrido the authors discuss is the narcocorrido. This type of corrido “…is solely devoted to singing the praises, tragedies, and bravado of drug lords, their philosophy, lifestyle, and the lawmen that often, but not always, fight against them” (Villalobos,135). The narcocorrido is very relevant to events today as the fight between lawmen and drug traffickers is a reality that exists on a daily basis. The relevance of the narcocorrido is in the fact that it is used to glorify the drug trafficker. The narcocorrido consistently portrays the drug lord as a hero who is a “victim of society” and can only survive by trafficking drugs. Furthermore, many even attain that drug trafficking is crucial to help stimulate the local economy (Villalobos, 135).
The primary goal t of the corrido “…is to make the audience believe” (Villalobos, 143). It is used as a way to depict every day lives of people who are not captured in official documents. The corrido is a ballad that can be embellished or can be completely false, yet they are still revered by the Mexican people because they portray their troubles in a world that rarely notices that they even exist.
In “Everyday Border Heroes” Patricia L. Price reasons the importance for an individuals need to believe that one’s...

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