The Role of Cultural Introspection in College Teaching
Edited By Susan Diana Longerbeam and Alicia Fedelina Chávez
Chapter Four: A Discovery Process: Identifying My Multicultural Roots
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A Discovery Process
Identifying My Multicultural Roots
JUDITH A. MONTOYA
Geography, Planning & Recreation Northern Arizona University
CULTURAL IDENTITY THROUGH THE LENS OF FAMILY AND CHILDHOOD
When I began thinking about my cultural identity, I quickly realized that I have had some notion of my cultural identity since I was very young. I was raised in what I now know to be called a very rich “multicultural” environment. Growing up in Tularosa, New Mexico, in a multigenerational family home of authentic adobe whose original room was built by my great-great-grandparents provided me with a solid foundation of love, family, and community. My cultural identity is molded by this place that is my home. The progression of how my cultural identity has evolved to the present encompasses a rich mix of culture, family traditions, experiences, and place, which I will try to convey in the following narratives.
MY HOME AND FAMILY
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