Hello Beautiful models and fans of CMR. It’s Angelita Aronce Sorensen here with my weekly blog. Today I’m going to talk about my heritage and ethnicities but one ethnicity in specific. Different people pick up different ethnicities when they look at me so today I’m going to share more about that. My ethnicity is a mix of Tigua Indian (Native American) & Spaniard on my maternal side, Filipino & Mexican from my paternal side. This mix gives me an exotic and interesting look.
The month of November is Native American Heritage Month so I’m going to focus on sharing my Tigua Indian roots. My grandmother was from a Spanish Aristocratic family and while her family was in the states, they were in Texas and visited the Tigua Reservation. When she saw my grandfather and he saw her, they immediately fell in love. They were married shortly after meeting, he left the reservation and enlisted in the Navy. The photograph below are my grandparents. I have my grandmother’s dimpled chin that as a child I did not like but I’ve learned to love it. The Tigua Indians were not recognized as a tribe for many years but I’ll provide you with a brief history.
The Tigua are the only Puebloan tribe still in Texas. The Pueblo tribes are very much alike and they live in the Southwest part of the United States from Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and some in Colorado and Utah. The languages are different and the cultures were also a little different but overall they were all peaceful tribes. It’ s interesting that they are very similar on the outside looking in but much like the Europeans, having similar characteristics, they speak different languages and have different cultures such as French, German, etc. The largest commonality is the fact that they built pueblos, which are big buildings with many rooms similar to a modern apartment building. Some of the pueblos could be 4 or 5 stories high.
The Tigua have been around for centuries and they call their ancestral home Pueblo Gran Quivera. Coronado, the Spanish explorer was the first European to see Gran Quivera in 1539. They called Gran Quivera “Pueblo de los Humanas”, which means “city of humans”. In the 1600’s the Spaniards brought diseases and epidemics that killed off many of the Pueblo Indians including the Tigua. In 1680 the Pueblo Indians revolted and drove the Spanish out but the Spaniard came back a year later and attacked. After several years the Tigua made peace with the Spaniards so the Spanish King gave them a land grant and title to the land now called Ysleta. They were founded near El Paso, which also happens to be the city of my birth. Today, the Tigua Reservation is a suburb of El Paso but much of what is now El Paso was taken from the Tigua and only the land around the Ysleta mission and their houses are still theirs.
In 1848, after Texas was already part of the Union, some crooked Americans stole the land and Texas ignored the Spanish land grant and title to the land. By the 1930’s many believed that the Tigua were extinct but in the 1960’s they were asserting themselves and they were laying claim to the land that was stolen from them. In 1968 the state of Texas recognized the Tigua as a tribe and President Lyndon B. Johnson signed an act of Congress recognizing the Tigua as a tribe making their land a reservation, the year I was born. After several year of battling in the 1980’s, The Tigua Indians were finally federally recognized as a tribe in 1986, the year I graduated from high school.
I am very proud of my heritages and will be happy to blog about anything else any of you wish to ask. Please note, I am not wearing a traditional Tigua garment in the images in this blog. If you’d like to learn more about Native American Indian Heritage Month, follow this link. http://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/
Until next week, stay positive!!!
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Photographer: Ruben Sanchez
Source of facts, Pueblo and Map Images: http://www.texasindians.com/tigua.htm