Immigration and Folk Healing
Despite its designation as “witchcraft,” brujería finds its roots in both indigenous religion and Catholicism. To be a bruja is a vague term; a curandera is more specific — a healer for others. They are practicing Catholics, but proponents of native spirituality. With a rise in immigration in the 20th century, it has a strong presence in the United States. Mexican and Latinx immigrants joining stateside communities that were established before American expansion. Faced with a white and Protestant majority, Hispanic Americans were still mainly Catholic and had strong ties to Latin America — including folklore and culture.
Recommended guiding questions for this collection:
- How does the development of folk culture and its history affect a community's identity?
- What is the effect of European imperialism on Latin American culture and belief systems? How could this put modern-day Latinx members at a crossroads between two heritages?
- How does immigration to the Americas affect an indigenous community's culture?