The Role of Cultural Introspection in College Teaching
Edited By Susan Diana Longerbeam and Alicia Fedelina Chávez
Chapter Ten: Keeping Contradictions as a Teaching Tool: Cultural Intelligence in Content and in Practice
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Keeping Contradictions AS A Teaching Tool
Cultural Intelligence in Content and in Practice
International Management University of New Mexico
The village of Mora is located approximately 45 miles on either side between Taos and Las Vegas, New Mexico. During the early 20th century, it was known as an important stop for the trade of hides and furs, and it was also a significant ranching and packing area. One can find many buildings that are reminiscent of late Victorian-styled Western boom towns. The old, vacant general store serves as a reminder of a time when commerce and business thrived in the region. I was reminded by my grandparents that when they grew up, they could remember a lot of traffic coming through Mora. The way they recount it, it was a fleeting glimpse of the possibilities and limits of American progress. For them, it was bookended by a life of poverty. While much was happening in Mora in the early 1920s, it was only happening for a few people, and the rest lived a much simpler life in the hills and the higher country. Most people raised sheep, or they were hardworking carpenters and masons, responsible for keeping the village from falling into the hard marshland that surrounded the river valley. My grandparents were one and the other. Francisco (Pancho) and Dolores (Lola) Martinez were both raised in families of carpenters and...
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