Detail what you think Dr. Orozco is arguing for?

Homo Mexicanus Antiquus

Discussion topic

We will be reading the article Homo Mexicanus Antiquus Download Homo Mexicanus Antiquusby Dr. Orozco. Please read it over so that you can effectively participate in this discussion. Here is another link Download link to the article in case the above one is not working.

Now that you’ve been introduced to some important themes and developments of the 1800s we are going to briefly examine the ancestral roots of Chicanos as interpreted in the reading.

Chicano is an American Identity

During the Chicano Movement, many Chicanos searched out and identified with their indigenous ancestry and realized that we are brown and beautiful and that being of Mexican and Central American descent means were are descended from the first people to North America.

We have a complex history and historical connection to the land as the descendants of its indigenous people. The quote below by Luis Valdez illustrates some of these points:

“We left no teeming shore in Europe, hungry and eager to reach the New World…No Statue of Liberty ever greeted our arrival to this country…We did not, in fact, come to the United States at all. The United States came to us.”
Initial Discussion Post

In your initial discussion post please answer the following questions in a numbered list:

Detail what you think Dr. Orozco is arguing for? Utilize a quote from the chapter to support your answer, post that quote here and break it down in your own words.
What does Dr. O say the significance of the Papal Bull Sublimus Deus, issued by Pope Paul III was? Use a quote from the reading to support your opinion.
Detail what struck you as the most important idea from the reading?
Detail something from the reading that you didn’t understand and would like further clarification on.
Post a trivia question for a classmate to answer.


This discussion is worth 10 points. You will only receive full credit for completing all the requirements on time: a minimum of three complete responses in this discussion. Each response needs to be at least one paragraph. Half credit may be given to initial posts that fail to include the two necessary replies but are not guaranteed.

Additional Resource:

You might find this article (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. interesting. Evidence of hominoid existence on North America goes back 130,000 years.

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