The Ethnography Of Immigration: Who Are Our Mexicans?
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Grades Of The Intensity Of Emigration To The U.S. By Federal District, 2010

Beneath the nom de bloghbd* chick” there lurks one of the most formidably inquiring minds in human-sciences blogging.

The lady has taken up my “Aztecs and Hidalgos” post of yesterday on and run with it, digging into the deep ancestry of our Mexican immigrants: Zacatecos, Chichimecas, Huichol, Cora, Fajitas, Cazcanes, Tarascans . . .  (I won't swear I transcribed all those correctly.)   

She quotes this, for example, from a Wikipedia page:

“Mexico’s National Population Council estimates that 600,000 natives of Zacatecas now live in the United States, a figure that is equivalent to 40 percent of the state’s resident population of 1.5 million. If the base population is supplemented by the number of children and grandchildren who have been born in the United States, the total number of Mexicans and Mexican Americans of ‘zacatecano’ origin living in the United States exceeds the number of people who reside in the state.”

Then she adds:

So we’re not short of people from Zacatecas.

Be nice to know something about the culture and population genetics of those Zacatecanos . . .  But our immigration-boosting, human-science-hostile overclass is deeply, angrily uninterested in questions of that sort.

Here’s hbd* chick’s conclusion.   I have cleaned up the text: she obviously blogs at high speed, without any over-punctilious fussing about spelling or punctuation.  Emphases are hers.

So the descendants of some or all of these groups probably represent a large segment of Mexicans coming to the U.S. right now.

What I think we should be asking ourselves—apart from why??—is what are these different Mexicans likely to be like given their (natural) histories?  We’ve got a mix of peoples here ranging from the descendants of nomadic hunter-gatherer warriors to currently settled but isolated Indios to the descendants of more civilized agricultural populations.  So what sorts of selection pressures were the ancestors of all these Mexican groups under for, say, the last one to two thousand years?  What sorts of mating patterns/family types/social structures did these peoples’ ancestors have that might’ve affected the selection pressures on those populations?

Who are our Mexicans?

Well, at least there are two of us who’d like to know.

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