Elotes con Sangre, the Journey Home, Photographs and ‘Nierikas’ (yarn paintings) of the Land of the Wixáritari, First Peoples, The Huichol Nation of Mexico. 1970
Edited by: Cindy Urrutia, Ph.D. & Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States

The fruits of Renacimiento, Revival Aztlán Collective is the exhibition Elotes con Sangre that consists of photographs of Huichol everyday life, the urban center of Tepic, the mountain village of El Colorín, and Nierikas (Huichol yarn paintings).  The photographs of Elotes con Sangre were taken by Juan Felipe Herrera and Lin Romero of the Renacimiento, Revival Aztlán Collective; the photographs of women and children were primarily taken by Romero, the rest by Herrera. The Nierikas were made by shamans Ramón Medina Silva and Guadalupe Rios de la Cruz (Lupe). Most Nierikas at the time Herrera visited El Colorín were made by shamans due to their cosmological and spiritual significance.  The style of Nierikas made in the late 1960s and 1970 no longer exists. This important transitional style between traditional pre-Columbian motifs and contemporary Huichol representation can be seen in this colorful catalog  highlighting the photos and the Nierikas, which are part of the Juan Felipe Herrera Huichol Yarn Paintings Collection, CSRC.A2016.001, courtesy of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.

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​​Fifty Years of Armenian Literature
by Krikor Beledian

"Krikor Beledian hasproduced  a comprehensive andfascinating  view of theArmenian literary landscape in France, one that will be of lasting significance to the study of Armenian literature. This volume will provide  a wealth of material useful to both scholars and to the reading public. "

Fifty Years of ArmenianLiterature  inFrance by Krikor Beledian; translated by ChristopherAtamian; edited by BarlowDerMugrdechian(9x6,640pp.$20.00paper,ISBN1    3:978-0-912201-51- l)hasbeenpublishedOctober 2016,asthesixthvolumeintheArmenianSeries,   byThePressatCaliforniaStateUniversity,Fresno    ..JnEnglish.

Fifty Year of Armenian Literature in France examines Armenian literature as it emerged in France between 1922 and the beginning of the 1970's. Its goals are several. First of all, to retrace the literary history of the period starting with Armenian immigration until the passing away of the movement's main representatives. Then by examining the most significant works, to study the issues raised by a literature of exile, one born after an event that was experienced and interpreted as a "national catastrophe": the identity crisis (the Same), brought about by a violent confrontation with a new environment (the Other), the emergence of a new identity and the long process to integrate exile and the foreign space.

Author and literary critic Krikor Beledian has lived in Paris since 1967, and has become intimately aware of the Armenian literary scene in France. He is an accomplished writer fo his own right as well as prolific critic. This work is a major addition to the study of Armenian literature with its in depth analysis of the various figures and periods in Armenian literature. Among those figures are Arshag Chobanian, Minas Cheraz, Shavarsh Missak:ian, Mguerditch Barsamian, Shavarsh Nartuni, Hratch Zartarian, and Vazken Shushanian, to name only a few.

Fifty Years of Armenian Literature in France is a work that provides a context for Armenian literature of the Diaspora, while at the same time focusing on the works of authors living in France.​

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​​​My Name is Armen
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By Armen Bacon

I am sitting in my usual position, the bottom half of me planted on a battered swivel chair whose flimsy arms have propped me up and survived a full range of mood swings since 2003 when I began writing. Many of you have traveled with me, reading Volume I of this series - my rants and raves, the good, bad, and ugly - but nevertheless the stuff from which real life is made. It is early afternoon as I huddle in my creative space, a tiny alcove area nestled near the bad wall of the master bedroom. Invited to pen a twice-a-month column offering commentary on life’s journey and the world here at home, I pause in deep reflection. I am a story teller, a memory-keeper, but what, I quiz myself, should I write about first?​

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