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Lesson 1 : Images and Ideas

Luis Jiménez' Intentions

Luis Jiménez has said:

"I wanted to create a dialog. In fact it was a very heated debate. It went beyond a dialog.

"The discussion became very political. The mayor was very conservative and was supported by the part of the community that identified with being Hispanic, pure Spanish, not contaminated in any way by Native American or Mexican origins, and yet lives in what I would consider to be Native American homes and eats Native American food.

"What happened, in fact, when they actually tried to halt the project. There was another part of the city that really identified with the work that came forward and said, if they don't want it out there in front of the museum, we want it in Martineztown."