SouthwesternHistoricalQuarterly January shifting analyses on race rooted in his struggles for Hispano/Chicano justice; and his literalist readings of texts from the Bible to the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo to the Spanish Laws of the Indies. As Busto himself admits, his "interpretation is only a beginning" (p. 10) and a fuller biographical analysis of Tijerina remains an ongoing challenge. In particular, Busto's heavy reliance on Tijerina's writings could be complemented with a more detailed examination of other primary sources, though some of these materials are not yet available to researchers such as prison and FBI records. Still, the treatment offered in King Tiger vividly illuminates "the intense power of Tijerina's charisma" (p. 136), which defies easy characterization. We hear of how Tijerina's devoutly Catholic mother frequently asked him to recount a "death dream" he had at the age of four or five (p. 38); his decisions on several occasions as a young preacher to "give away all of his possessions" in obedience to Christ's commands (p. 42); his search for enlightenment as a hermit in a cave near El Monte, California; his decision to return to Catholicism so he could gain the trust of New Mexican Catholics in his
Southwestern Historical Quarterly – Texas State Historical Association
Published: Mar 28, 2007
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