"Tradición Oral" (Oral Tradition Mural) by Raul Valdez

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"Tradición Oral" (Oral Tradition Mural) by Raul Valdez


Still image depicting the "Tradición Oral" (Oral Tradition) mural by Raul Valdez


This mural was painted by Raul Valdez on the 2300 block of East 2nd Street, Austin, TX in 1977. It was destroyed by the City of Austin Graffiti abatement program.

The mural depicts (L to R) an open book with blank pages in front of a mesoamerican pyramid, a diagonal stalk of corn with a long-haired figure jumping to reach the corn, an elderly Chicano woman with white hair and gold earrings with a speech bubble ringed in pink, yellow, green and red circles by her mouth. Inside the speech bubble is a three-faced mask floating above a white banner that reads "Mi Raza Primero" ("My People First"). A Chicano family comprised of a father, a mother holding a baby, and a child stand together. The child is wearing a t-shirt that reads "Tierra O" and has an illustration of a soldier from the Mexican Revolution, a reference to La Alianza (The Alliance), a Hispanic land rights organization active in the late 1960s. He also wears a red bandana on his forehead. The entire family looks towards the old woman. On the far right of the mural, an eagle grabs a rattlesnake from a cactus. Behind the eagle is a long yellow building.


Raul Valdez




Still Image, Mural


East Austin


Raul Valdez


Raul Valdez Murals Portfolio


Raul Valdez, “"Tradición Oral" (Oral Tradition Mural) by Raul Valdez,” Community Narratives: Uncovering Hidden Perspectives, accessed January 20, 2022, https://givingvoicetohiddenhistories.omeka.net/items/show/245.

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