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Maker: Carlos Callejo
Date Made: 1970s
Place Made: United States: California, Los Angeles
Measurements: 58.4 cm x 44.5 cm; 23 in x 17 1/2 in
Main Subject: Chicano/Latino
Materials: paper (fiber product)
M.E.CH.A. La Union Hace La Fuerza
Acquisition Number: 2008-102
MEChA stands for Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán, "Chicano Student Movement of Aztlán" The motto of MEChA is La Unión Hace La Fuerza ("Unity Creates Strength"), the club carried by the eagle in its claws is named the macuahuitl (a name derived from the Nahuatl language) and is a weapon shaped like a wooden club. Its sides are embedded with prismatic blades made from obsidian, a volcanic glass stone frequently used for tool making by the Aztec and other pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures.
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