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      This was edited by my friend Rudy Tejano Pena. Who belives that Tejano Is more than just a saying or music its our Heritage which we are trying to preserve for future generations.

Tejano

Venues representing the Tejano communitys activities such as parades or other public related Tejano events are literally nonexistent.  And yet there is Cinco de Mayo or Hispanic pride day. There is name recognition for some specific community leaders such as Mexican-American, Latino, and Hispanic but seldom if ever the Tejano term is mentioned

Vaguely have Tejanos or Tejanas, been mentioned and/or included as a culture, if and when they are, they appear, as an insignificant part of the Hispanic, Mexican American or Latino culture.  Our legitimate Tejano/a identity term as a rule has been excluded and over looked.

 

As our Tejano ancestors of years gone by, today, Tejanos born in Texas, proudly call it home.  Most Tejanos, rarely, if ever fly the Mexican flag; instead we proudly display the Lone Star State flag.  Texas has the distinction of being the only state in the union allowed to display the Texas and United States flag at equal height.
Books of Texas history hardly mention the Tejano term to identify or acknowledge the native Tejano culture.  Patriotic Tejano re-enactors from the Tejano communities are needed to tell the true story of the Tejano identity, culture and unique distinguished heritage. 
Its Tejanos responsibilities to teach and educate all children and public at large of who and what Tejanos/as are and represent.    
 
Our ancestor's believed our diverse cultures needed to make a better life for all.  Tejanos and Tejanas must move forward and make their dreams a reality.  All the diverse Culture's should help us keep their accomplishments and memory alive.  The Tejano Identity, Culture, Heritage and History should be included and recognized as an important part of Texas, United States history.  The Tejano legacy must not continue to lag behind other cultures.  Tejanos helped  built the Alamo and other Texas historical sites yet continue to be excluded  as an individual culture.
 
We have been tied to the Mexican and Mexican American culture far too long.  Appropriate Tejano venues of our true Tejano, culture, heritage and history must be created, introduced and presented.
We must seek the recognition of our distinguished Tejano ancestor's such as Col. Juan N. Seguin, Jose Francisco Ruiz, Jose Antonio Navarro, and many others, who barely have been mentioned in Tejxas History.
Tejanos and Tejanas must work free of envy toward each another. United Tejanos must seek all efforts to embrace and promote the Tejano heritage.  Working together, avoiding any obstacle that may interfere with the Tejano awareness mission will help others see the Tejano communities can work towards a common goal. These efforts will help our Culture & Heritage grow and place it where it belongs in Tejas history.  
One day in the near future there will be parks and other public venues celebrating Tejano events.
God Bless Tejas

Through education we all have the power to make a new tomorrow

Angel Seguin Carvajal Garcia

SDHP Posted this information as an educational aid for those seeking to know what the true meaning of Tejano music is. We have asked the author Tejano Hits permission to add his research to this site.

Angel Seguin Garcia

Tejano Music

Tejano Music was born in Texas. Although it has influences from Mexico and other latin American Countries, the main influences are American contemporary classic Tejano artist such as David Lee Garza and Jay Perez exhibit influence from Rock, Blues, Funk, and country.

It is important to understand that Tejano music has various categories of music and bands. Three major categories are conjunto, orchestra and modern. A conjunto band is comprised of an Accordion, bajo sexto, bass, and drum. Examples of conjunto bands are Esteban"steve" Jordan, The Hometown boys, and Jaime de anda y los chamacos. An orchestra consisit of a bass, drum, electric guitar, synthesizer, and a brass section on which it relies heavily for its sound. It can also have an accordion in the band at times an example of an orchestra is Ruben Ramos and the Texas Revolution. A modernTejano band consists of synthesizers,drums, electric guitar, bass, and at times a accordion. it relies heavily on the the synthesizer  for its sound. Modern bands are Selena and her band Selena y los dinos, Shelly lares, Jay Perez, and Jimmy Gonzalez y Mazz. Other categories consist of progressive. pop, and urban Tejano music, All these categories are classified as Tejano. With the keyboard, drum, and the bajo sexto, a 12 string bass guitar from spain, Tejanos now had a sound they could begin to call their own. In the 1940s, Valerio Longoria introduced lyrics to conjunto music, furhter Establishing the Tejano claim to this new sound. Tejano music did retain some of its roots in the old european styles, Polkas and Waltzes were still popular, and also popular was the German habit of dancing in a circle around the dance floor. It can also be noted that Country & Western is also danced in the same manner, but only in Texas.

The Spanish/Tejano Contribution to the American Revolution

The 4th of July and why we should celebrate.

In 1779 General George Washington sends a courier with a letter to the then Governor of Spanish Louisiana, Bernardo de Galvez requesting aid and assistance in fighting the British. A voluntary contribution was collected from the Tejano citizens of Texas which we believe to have been approximately 10,000 pesos. Galvez also orders that cattle be rounded up and driven north to feed the armies of George Washington. 100 years before the famous Goodnight and Chisholm Trails Tejano Vaqueros, Tejano Rancheros and Mission Indians were driving cattle up El Camino Real all the way to Louisiana and continuing further north. Many of these vaqueros were to remain and fight against the British in the army of Don Bernardo de Galvez.  Galvez, of which Galveston Texas and Galveston Bay are named after, was successful in defeating the British in key battles including the Battle of New Orleans, Pensacola and Mobile Alabama. Don Bernardo was successful in preventing access to the Mississippi River thus preventing the British the use of the river to supply their troops

Many Americans believe that they alone were responsible for the defeat of the British during the War of Independence, but that is not so. While Bernardo de Galvez was planning his assault on Pensacola word is received on April 18, 1781 that his father Don Matias de Galvez Captain General of Guatemala had received the surrender of all British forces in Honduras. These forces were prevented from joining the British armies  already in America.  Don Jose de Galvez Field Marshal of the Spanish Army and later Visitor General of New Spain had commissioned his brother Don Matias to engage and defeat all British forces from the area of the Gulf of Honduras, which he executed with a splendid military victory. Although he did not participate in the war against the British, Antonio Miguel Joaquin de Galvez rose to the rank of Military Commander to the port of Cadiz and oversaw the shipment of supplies and aid to the American colonists

In all of the wars that this great country has been involved in Americans of Mexican/Spanish descent have always been amongst the first to fight, the most to die, the last to leave but unfortunately the ones least appreciated. With all of the anti-Hispanic hate legislation being passed across the country it is more important now than ever to remind others of the contributions of our ancestors to the development of this country. After WWII it was Senator Dennis Garza from New Mexico that describes our plight best of all When we march off to war we are Americans, but upon our return we are merely Mexicans"
 

Ref: Bernardo de Galvez Spanish Hero of the American Revolution by G. Roland Vela Muzquiz

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