PART 1: CLAIMING "There is great good in returning" A Testimonio from the Borderlands yolanda chavez leyva ´ There is a great good in returning to a landscape that has had extraordinary meaning in one's life. It happens that we return to such places in our minds irresistibly. There are certain villages and towns, mountains and plains that, having seen them walked in them lived in them even for a day, we keep forever in the mind's eye. They become indispensable to our well-being; they define us, and we say, I am who I am because I have been there, or there. N. Scott Momaday, "Revisiting Sacred Ground," in The Man Made of Words I moved back home to la frontera between Texas and Chihuahua in the summer of 2001, back into the little casita de piedra where I had grown up. It had been vacant since the deaths of my parents years ago. I knew living back on the border, where the divisions are so great and painful and the people so resilient and persistent, would be exciting and challenging. Returning to the place where I could say, in the most profound way, "I am who I
Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Jan 8, 2004
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