Henry Barajas on La Voz De M.A.Y.O.





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FB Henry Barajas on La Voz De M.A.Y.O
Omar: You know, you've written for journalist and you've written for the Where We Live, do you have anything else that you're working on right now or are you working on pitches?

Henry: Yeah, I'm working on some pitches. The main thing that I'm very passionate about right now, I'm doing a graphic novel called “La Voz De M.A.Y.O” The voice of M.A.Y.O is what it translates to be. It's about my great grandfather's political activism. In the early 1970s, he helped the last Native American tribe be recognized by the federal government and by the U.S. government under the Carter administration. He and a team of people helped this tribe who had been in Tucson forever, as long as, like at least, their early 1800s and they, he helped them maintain their property, their land and their integrity as a native people. And for some reason, that information was never documented in a proper way.

Omar: Oh wow.

Henry: So, I am finally putting that experience and their work into a comic book. I was inspired by John Lewis's march, that was just such a moving beautiful piece of work about his life and his time in the Civil rights movement into present day. So, I wanted to do that for my great grandfather, and his name is Ramon (Houdige). So, we start off with me taking him to his last March to keep Mexican migrant families together, and then, going into his early political activism and his time in World War II as a sniper, as a Marine sniper. So, Jason Gonzales is going to draw, I'm writing and lettering, he's drawing and coloring the book. We want to have it out on Columbus Day as a statement for Indigenous people. And it's very important for me to deplete Latin Mexican people of color and more importantly, Native Americans in a positive light when, at this time, they are not.

Omar: They’re not anything but that.

Henry: Exactly. There's some of that going on, but right now, the national conversation for the last two years is that the natives and Mexican people are rapists and killers and murderers and their worst is coming.

Omar: It’s terrible, it's just blatantly wrong.

Henry: Yeah.

Omar: It's so weird that there's this connotation with race; you are a certain type of person as opposed to you're just a person. And it's terrible that a lot of people think in that way, it's really not fair because then you'd see someone in the street and you get scared. It’s why you have like so many like shootings that are just by accident.

Henry: Just violence.

Omar: So, people just don't understand, people are scared. So, anyone could be scary.

Henry: Definitely.

Omar: And everyone can be fine. It's just not about the color of the skin or anything like that.

Henry: I agree.

Omar:I think it's amazingly cool the way you show and honor your grandfather and tell a story. Like did he tell you this story growing up, what was the process?

Henry: All my life, my family would tell me that he did something great and they didn't really go beyond that, and I've always been a curious person. So, whenever I’d see him, I want to talk to him about it, but he was very quiet and very shy in his later years. And I was no longer working in journalism, I was a radio DJ, I was…

Omar: What haven't you done?

Henry: I know, I know. When I was, I just didn't have like steady income and I got to a point where I didn't write a single word for a year and I needed to go back into that and I had this epiphany to do a story about my great grandfather. My mom and I drove out to see him in his broken trailer and he gave me all these documents that my uncles and my cousins all had gathered for him. And I was astonished at what he's done and how poorly it was documented. So, it was important for me to take all that and tell a story. I was originally going to write not like a novel, but I realized that this could be a comic and after reading March, I was kind of inspired, I was very inspired and a little disappointed myself for not doing that first. But I'm really lucky to have been teamed up; Matt Hawkins, my boss, is the one who teamed me up with Jason, and Jason and I are churning through it and we're very excited to show people.

Omar: I'm excited to read it and I can't wait.

Henry: Yeah. I want to do a Kickstarter so that I could do some merchandise.

Omar: Yeah, I mean, when you told me about the story, it was just so compelling, I felt like it would work perfectly on Kickstarter.


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