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date: 24 February 2021

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This article provides an overview of Latinx folklore studies and the diversity of folkloric expression across US Latinx communities. Through interviews, it examines how Latinx artists engage with folklore in the Midwest as cultural capital for place-making while combating discursive and social erasure including barriers to state arts funding, as well as social and geographic isolation from more widely recognized Latinx cultural centers. Historically, Latinx groups have moved to the Midwest to escape oppression. While often finding more socially benign spaces, they continue to confront racism. The corrido musical form offers nineteenth-century examples of folkloric storytelling as resistance to the racialized dispossession of South Texan Mexicans, while contemporary corridos recount the travails and perseverance of undocumented immigrants. Latinx folkloric music, dance, storytelling, visual arts, and festivals are investigated as vehicles to support social justice and solidarity.

Keywords: Latinx, folklore, Midwest, festivals, corridos, danza, charrería, undocumented, LULAC, social justice

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