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La Bamba. Authentic Culture In Lak’ech Neo-Valdezian Cyclical Time. Bob as the source of authentic culture. Associated with icons: motorcycle (an Indian), snake imagery, tatoo (symbolic of Jesus Christ), leather—signs of working-class masculinity.

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la bamba

La Bamba

Authentic Culture

In Lak’ech

Neo-Valdezian Cyclical Time

bob as the source of authentic culture
Bob as the source of authentic culture
  • Associated with icons: motorcycle (an Indian), snake imagery, tatoo (symbolic of Jesus Christ), leather—signs of working-class masculinity.
  • Fusion of three characters: Pinto, Aztec Warrior and Pachuco.
  • Vehicle for the Southern migration: northern California, San Fernando Valley, Mexico—Similar to mythic Aztec migration from Aztlan to Tenochtitlan.
  • Vehicle for Authentification: language, (speaks Spanish) culture (through his Tata) music.
bob as authentic culture cont
Bob as authentic culture, cont.
  • Agent for the rediscovery of Mexico.
  • Knows Spanish, resists Anglocizing Richie’s name (Valenzuela to Valens).
  • Problematic for three reasons: pathological relationship with women may be regarded as normal, culture is viewed as static—romanticizes folkloric aspects, and In-between”ism”(Bob) (Chicano) as deviant and pathological
aspects of in lak ech
Aspects of In Lak’ech
  • “Tu eres mi otro yo” You are my other me.
  • Bob as problematic/deviant: drugs, alcohol, abuse of women, gang affiliation, aimless and without responsibility, rebellious, envious, the “evil other.”
  • Richie as the good boy: school age, connected to family, responsible, shares newfound wealth, famous, conformist, likable (for mainstream audiences), clean, as a symbol for assimilation (through music and Donna).
  • Bob as Tezcatlipoca (Azttec/Toltec God of War and Sun), negative attributes.
  • Richie as Quetzalcoatl (Universal symbol of the Feathered Serpent God—renewal, rebirth, culture and spring.
neo valdezian cyclical time
Neo-Valdezian Cyclical Time
  • Richie’s nightmare of plain crash—foretells his death at the peak of his popularity.
  • The snake talisman: symbol of rebirth, renewal— comes to Bob before the crash
  • Richie’s rebirth through: association with Bob, spiritual and cultural rebirth, in the southern migration.
  • Richie’s rebirth occurs simultaneously with the birth of Bob’s daughter (Brenda)—Bob’s restoration.
  • Bob and Richie: their relationship normalizes toward the end.