Few books focus on renowned dancer, choreographer, and teacher José Acadio Limón (1908 – 72), despite his lifetime achievements in modern dance. In José Limón and La Malinche, artists as well as scholars from fields as diverse as history, anthropology, Spanish and Mexican American studies, and dance studies come together to explore Limón and one of his most famous works, La Malinche. This dance, composed in the late 1940s, features one of the legendary personages from the period of the Spanish invasion, Malintzin, or, as she was later renamed by the Spaniards, Doña Marina. Malintzin, born in a Nahuatl-speaking indigenous community on Mexico’s Gulf Coast, was given to a Mayan group as a girl. She was later given to Hernan Cortés, becoming his translator, mistress, and mother to his mestizo son. Over the past five centuries, the iconic la Malinche has been portrayed as a traitor, a victim,...

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