Please join us for the LACIS Lunchtime Lecture
Presented by Peter Haney, Independent Scholar.
About the Speaker: Peter Haney is a sociocultural anthropologist living in Madison, WI. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin and has taught Anthropology, Latin American Studies Latina/o Studies, and Spanish at institutions including the University of Texas at Austin, the Colorado College, Pikes Peak Community College, CSU-Pueblo, and the University of Kansas. His research has appeared in journals including the Journal of American Folklore; the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology; Pragmatics; Language and Communication; and Text, Practice, Performance; as well as numerous edited volumes. Much of his work is available online at https://independentscholar.
About the presentation: During the twentieth century, the state of Texas executed only one person who was believed to be Native American. Known as Chief Red Wing, the man was a dancer in the Carpa Cubana, a San Antonio-based Latina/o tent show, and he was sentenced to death for killing and raping Evangelina Cavazos, the two-year-old daughter of the show's manager. This paper analyzes the ways in which ideologies of race and the ambiguous racialization of Mexicans in the U.S. affected newspaper coverage of the case. Readers of English-language newspapers in the state read a different version of the story from that available to readers of the Spanish-language press. In the English newspapers, Chief Red Wing's claim to membership in the Cherokee nation led reporters to interpret the case according to the narrative of the innocent white woman victimized by an animalistic man of color, placing Evangelina in the "white" racial slot. Accounts of Red Wing's bizarre behavior before and after the trial are as striking in the English-language press as they are noticeably absent in the Spanish-language press. Finally, readers of the English-language accounts missed information that would have made sense of Red Wing's eleventh-hour appeal for clemency based on a claim to Mexican nationality.
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