ENRIQUE MADRID:
THE SOCIAL & SCIENTIFIC IMPLICATIONS OF THE PERFECTLY ROUND TORTILLA

Enrique Madrid

Texas/Mexico border historian/scholar Enrique Madrid and his wife Ruby offer a lesson on how to prepare traditional Mexican recipes, including Enrique's theory that perfectly round tortillas obey the very same laws of physics as the universe milliseconds after the Big Bang. Enrique and Ruby feel strongly that teaching people how to cook simple, wholesome food helps to preserve traditions and keeps "endangered flavors" alive. Sustenance - both physical and intellectual - provides individuals and families with the means to thrive, and creates bonds within communities and between cultures.

Coincidentally, I posted the video above on the same day (March 28, 2011) that Texas Monthly posted an article on Enrique and the tortilla formula titled Holy Frijoles.

Incidentally, here's another nice piece on the history of tacos in Guernica Magazine:
The Messy Business of Tacos by Jeffery M. Pilcher.

 

Tortilla Recipe Card

 

 

 

"To determine what is morally right we should ask who gets harmed, how, and how much. The debate should be about how to avoid and prevent harm."

- from Morality by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong

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ENRIQUE'S COMMENT TO THE FEDERAL REGULATORY COMMISSION (FERC) WITH REGARD TO ETP'S REQUEST FOR BORDER CROSSING SEGMENT OF THE PROPOSED TRANS PECOS PIPELINE:

June 29, 2015
Enrique Madrid, Redford, TX.
Dear Chairman Bay;

As a Tribal historian of the Jumano-Apache Nation of Texas I want to bring various facts to your attention concerning the United States-Mexico International pipeline being pushed by Energy Transfer through Presido, Texas, across the Rio Grande.

The Rio Grande is not simply the "Texas Border": it is an international boundary bound by state and federal statutes. The Rio Grande and its peoples receive additional protection under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (general assembly resolution 61/295,13 Sept 2007) and the Charter of the United Nations. Energy Transfer has not studied any of the 46 Articles of the United Nations Declaration. The indigenous and hispanic people- the majority population of the U.S.-Mexico border- must rely on the FERC for protection of our rights.

Energy Transfer promises numerous cultural, social, and environmental protection in its "Media Blitz". These promises are immediately qualified. Their promised benefits to us are not contractual. Our social contract is with your regulatory commission. Energy Transfer promises " clean burning natural gas" but there is nothing "clean" about the fracking Texas and Chihuahua will be subjected to.

Big Bend National Park, The Big Bend Ranch State Park, and the Mexican Federal Flora and Fauna Wilderness Reserve comprised one of the largest internationally-protected land areas in North America. Hwy 170, El Camino del Rio, from Presidio to the Big Bend Park has been called "one of the 10 most scenic drives in the United States". The Rio Grande has been designated a "wild river." The Rio Grande watering Mexico and the US from the Trans-Pecos to the Gulf of Mexico is itself defined by tectonic fault line in a region marked by approximately 300 earthquakes in every five year period. All of the above are downriver from Presidio, Texas. A pipeline disaster on the Rio Grande endangers us all.

A transformation in the American world-view is necessary for the survival of our Earth. The FERC is placed to begin this humane transformation. As a Native-American, I beg you to use the following concepts in interpreting and enforcing your regulation in construction of this proposed pipeline:

being, not having
giving, not getting
needs, not wants
better, not richer
community, not individual
other, not self
connected, not separate
ecology, not economy
part of nature, not a part from nature
dependent, not transcendent
tomorrow, not today


(these concepts cited from James Gustave Speth, Dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University, 2008)

Sincerely;
Enrique Madrid Tribal Historian
Jumano-Apache Nation of Texas
Redford, Texas 79846
at La Junta de Los Rios Grande y Conchos

 

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