Antonio Sotomayor deposited Celebrating the Colonial Nation in San Germán’s Patron Saint Festivities, 1950s. in the group Postcolonial Studies on Humanities Commons 5 years, 3 months ago
This work addresses the question of how the patron saint festivities in San Germán, Puerto Rico assisted in the reconstruction of the Puerto Rican nation during the 1950s. Particularly, I focus on how community leaders reproduced ideas of nationhood based on hispano-centric, white, Catholic, and patriarchal parameters. I investigate how an activity that is perceived to be cultural/religiously oriented has been also used to filter political agendas that legitimized a colonial relationship, while at the same time celebrating a unique collective regional and national identity.