from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A woman of mixed racial ancestry, especially of mixed European and Native American ancestry.
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- n. A female mestizo.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Feminine of mestizo.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a woman of mixed racial ancestry (especially mixed European and Native American ancestry)
The name mestiza is not inappropriate, as well from its composition as its use, since the first two are distinctly native, antedating the conquest, while the saya suelta was no doubt introduced by the Spaniards.
María Lionza is known as the mestiza goddess of nature, love, peace and harmony.
Latino is when my Chicana colleague and I invited a group of women to suggest a cover photo of a typical Latina and they responded with a number of possible images including an Afro-Latina, an Indigenous-Latina, a European-Latina, a mestiza, and a mulata.
Years later we presented our final choice -- an image of two mestiza women at the turn of the twentieth century -- and were complimented by a young scholar who thought we were portraying two lesbians.
Even the marriages of slaves and Indians were recorded in detail by the parish priests, as is evident in this partial translation of a 1774 marriage record from Charcas, San Luis Potosí, which indicates the marriage between one Jacinto Ramon Rodriguez Flores, a mulato esclavo (slave mulato), and Maria Manuela Sauzeda (a mestiza from El Rancho del Sitio).
And MARIA MANUELA SAUZEDA, a mestiza of the Post of Animas in this jurisdiction and resident of Ranch of San Jose de Sitio, legitimate daughter of Francisco Xavier Zauzeda and Martina Xaviera Perez, and not having found any impediments, I proclaimed the banns of marriage ....
Eggs poached in tomato sauce are known as either huevos ahogados ( "drowned eggs") or huevos en rabo de mestiza, which features the addition of poblano chile strips to the sauce.
As a mestiza woman, I could identity with my indigenous past, a past before colonization and Catholic guilt.
As Anzaldua wrote, "the new mestiza learns to be Indian in Mexican culture, to be Mexican from an Anglo point of view."
I discovered Gloria Anzaldua, who guided me through my mestiza awakening.