As I completed my reading of Gibson’s: “EL NORTE The Epic and Forgotten History of Hispanic North America” (2009), I began to read Allen’s: “Pocahontas: Medicine Woman, Spy, Entrepreneur, Diplomat” (2003), which was not a planned read, purely by chance. It is from here I came across the name Malinalli as I wrote upon previously. I decided I wanted to learn more about this woman. From further study it is revealed that her relations with the Spanish were viewed as treacherous, but then I wondered why this view was held? As she was actually given to the Spanish, at the time of the Spanish Explorations within the Americas. And of-course she had a son with Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés. Maybe her family tree / ancestry exists at present day? But what interested me more about her relations, is this idea of who we allow into our body. At the time maybe she did not know it but the union of the worlds of her people, her ancestry, with the Spanish were created (Allen, 2003; Downs, 2008; Gibson, 2009). It is a very profound thought, that destroys sociological constructions, and traverses through to the realms of the spiritual. Thus; the soul (s) of the body.
Today we can connect the creation of human relationships, that link lands together with partnerships, national, international, to also formulate national strategy, strategic interventions and global policy.
Allen, G.P. (2013). Pocahontas: Medicine Woman, Spy, Entrepreneur, Diplomat. New York: HarperCollins Publishers.
Downs, Kristina. “Mirrored Archetypes: The Contrasting Cultural Roles of La Malinche and Pocahontas.” Western Folklore, vol. 67, no. 4, Western States Folklore Society, 2008, pp. 397–414, http://www.jstor.org/stable/25474939.
Gibson, C. (2019). EL NORTE The Epic and Forgotten History of Hispanic North America. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press.
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- Notes: These thoughts were originally hand-written on January 17th 2021.
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