Los del Valle
Volume One – En palabras de nuestra gente – 28 minutes
Antonia Medrano from Brownsville, Oliver Brenner from Port Isabel and Narciso Martinez from La Paloma speak about their lives, the 1933 hurricane and the importance of a formal education.
Volume Two – Dr. Américo Paredes – 28 minutes
This eminent folklorist and scholar, speaks about his life in Brownsville, the importance of oral history and his scholarship.
Volume Seven – El huracán del Valle – 28 minutes
The pioneer of conjunto music reminisces about his musical career, his life in the Valley and the changes of contemporary music fellow musicians and scholars comment about his legacy.
Volume Eight – Los camaroneros – 28 minutes
This history of shrimping in the Brownsville area includes comments by two generations of shimpers with photos and footage. This business once made Brownsville the shrimping capital of the world.
Volume Ten – Barbara Warburton, La maestra – 58 minutes
For over three decades, this biology teacher established a rich tradition of classroom teaching and research at Texas Southmost College. She helped to establish the Rancho del Cielo biological research station in northern Mexico.
Volume Eleven – Las raíces en los Ranchitos de San Isidro – 28 minutes
The Rio Grande Valley has a rich ranching heritage. Three generations of a small ranching family speak about their lives on a South Texas rancho in San Isidro. Historian Armando Alonzo comments about the history of Tejano ranching.
Volume Fifteen – Celebrating Our People, Los del Valle – 28 minutes
This Hispanic Heritage Month tribute focuses on individuals who have enriched and preserved the history and culture of the Rio Grande Valley. Among these are folklorists Américo Paredes and Jovita Gonzalez.
Volume Sixteen – José M. Lopez, Un hombre valiente – 28 minutes
This military hero received numerous medals for bravery during World War II, including the Medal of Honor. Lopez and family members speak about his early years in Mexico and the Rio Grande Valley, his career as a boxer and his celebrated military career.
Volume Seventeen – Olga Lozano, Frontera Pharmacist – 28 minutes
This Harlingen, Texas native was one of the first Latinas to receive a pharmacy degree from The University of Texas at Austin. She recalls her early years in the Rio Grande Valley, her educational experiences in Austin and her later career.
Volume Twenty – Dr. Juliet V. García – Against the Odds – 28 minutes
A native of Brownsville, Texas, Dr. Juliet V. García is the first Hispanic woman to head a four year university in the United States. As one of the most influential educators in the country, she shares her life story and her experiences at The University of Texas a Brownsville and Texas Southmost College.
Volume Twenty One – Dr. José Angel Gutierrez – 52 minutes
A native of Crystal City, Texas, Dr. José Angel Gutierrez is one of the most influential civil rights leader in Texas history. Founder of the Mexican American Youth Organization and La Raza Unida Party, he is currently a college professor and attorney in the Dallas area. In this autobiographical profile, Gutierrez speaks about his life as an activist and educator.
Volume Twenty Two – Mary Helen Berlanga, Education Advocate – 28 minutes
This immigration attorney and twenty five year member of the Texas State Board of Education has championed textbook and curriculum equity for children much of her professional life. Her life struggles and achievements are chronicled in this profile.
Volume Twenty Four – Carmen Tafolla – 28 minutes
One of the most anthologized of Latina writers, Carmen Tafolla has published work for both children and adults in more than two hundred anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks, and readers. Long considered one of the madrinas of Chicana Literature and a master of bilingual code-switching.
Volume Twenty Five – Juan Luis Longoria – 27 minutes
Change continues to be the constant for the valley vaqueros. Long drives and six-shooters have given way to helicopters, pickups and cell phones Technology have modernized the cowboy but decreased his numbers. Despite time and innovation his work ethic and respect for traditions remain firmly in the past. Juan Luis Longoria epitomizes what it means to be a valley vaquero..
Volume Twenty Six – Oscar Casares – 28 minutes
Brownsville native and acclaimed writer, Oscar Casares, uses his childhood memories and the culture of the Rio Grande Valley to create stories with a universal appeal. He recalls turning points in his own life that impacted his career.
Volume Twenty Seven – David Montejano – 29 minutes
With a professorial career spanning over two decades, Dr. Montejano is a San Antonio native, Yale graduate and recipient of the prestigious Fredrick Jackson Turner Award for his groundbreaking book, Anglos and Mexicans in the Making of Texas, 1836-1986.
Volume Twenty Eight – Valerio Longoria - For a Quarter a Song – 29 minutes
Born in Kenedy, Texas, a small farming community in 1920s, Valerio Longoria eventually became on of the most respected conjunto musicians in the United States. He was the first to combine the Mexican song with traditional instrumental music and the first to include the bolero and contemporary drums into the conjunto genre. In 1986 President Ronald Reagan with National Heritage Award for lifelong contributions a folk artist. Longoria speaks candidly about his life and his music career.