As a Chicana whose parents immigrated to the United States from Southern Mexico, I am extremely proud of my heritage. However, I am concerned about the lack of historical representation that the Chicanx community has in today’s American history and social studies curriculums. It can be tricky to find authentic resources about Mexican culture. Thankfully, we are slowly starting to see more options from small businesses that want to teach our students about Mexican history. Today, we are taking a look at The History of Mexico Flashcards created by Chicanx Scholars.
A Fun Way to Learn History
As stated on their website, this set of flashcards provides an effective alternative to the more traditional and less effective textbook approach to learning. With flashcards, the reader can focus on key points, important dates, and get an overall summary of the person or event being studied. This makes the learning experience fun and it will allow the student to fully comprehend the information. Not having to worry about downloading a complex smartphone app or having WiFi around is another bonus.
Mexico’s indigenous population is one of the two largest in the Americas. Many Mexicans both in Mexico and the United States are committed to a greater or lesser extent to keeping indigenous traditions alive. Some of them study Nahuatl (the language spoken by the Aztecs) or read history related to them. I was happy to see four flashcards focused on the Aztecs, the Mayans, the Olmecs, and the Toltecs. Even Aztec rulers such as the legendary Cuauhtémoc can be found in this deck!
Frida Kahlo: Currently The Only Female Flashcard in the Set
Upon carefully examining the cards, I quickly noticed the absence of historical female figures in the set. There was only one female historical figure, which is the iconic artist, Frida Kahlo. However, one must keep in mind that summarizing hundreds, no – THOUSANDS of years of Mexican history to a set of fifty-two cards is an extremely difficult task. It is even harder to find acknowledgments of historical female figures in general, considering the way women have been pushed aside in Mexico for centuries. I am sure Chicanx Scholars will have the opportunity to include other Mexican historical female icons such as philosopher Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz or heroine Doña Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez.
A Chat with the Founder of Chicanx Scholars and Plans for the Future
I recently had the pleasure of meeting the creator of these flashcards, Danny Uribe. He and his wife are of Mexican heritage and extremely passionate about Mexican representation. While looking back on their family journey, they were inspired to create Chicanx Scholars – a small business that is dedicated to sharing and also honoring important people and events in Mexican, Mexican-American, and Chicanx history. As someone who shares a similar mission, I am thrilled to share their product with all of you and I am excited for their future offerings, especially their Chicano Movement Flashcards!
It’s been a fun experience showing these cards to my family members, especially my parents and my husband. It’s a cool way to show loved ones more about their culture and I can definitely see this as a fun stocking stuffer or something to have for Mexican holiday festivities. To purchase this wonderful product, visit https://chicanxscholars.com/. If you already have this set of flashcards in your possession, let me know what you think of them! For a video review and to see a few more of the flashcards, click here.