Published on November 6th, 2019 | by Tim Chuma
LA VOZ DE M.A.Y.O.: TATA RAMBO Vol. 1
Summary: Based on the oral history of Ramon Jaurigue who co-founded the Mexican, American, Yaqui, and Others (M.A.Y.O.) organization and helped fight for the rights of his people in Tuscon.
Based on the oral history of Ramon Jaurigue who co-founded the Mexican, American, Yaqui, and Others (M.A.Y.O.) organization and helped fight for the rights of his people in Tuscon against development and helped them gain recognition from the government. This story has not been told before and was a passion project by the author and the result of a Kickstarter project.
Something a bit different than the usual comic book or graphic novel fare, but being told in a more visual form suits serious topics and also for people who do not have high literacy as it makes it more accessible. I am reminded of George Takei’s “They Called Us the Enemy” as that told a difficult story, but it was important to be told and still very relevant today.
A great art style with lots of strong lines and colours that although seem a bit muted, do fit the story.
The storyline does jump around a bit from events in the 1960s to a couple of decades later with the person telling the story. You find out in the epilogue that it is the person telling the story that it is also the story of.
The later part of the book is devoted to newsletters of the M.A.Y.O community organisation and newspaper clippings related to the land rights case.
I would recommend this graphic novel if you had an interest in the history of the area or wanted something different to read and had an interest in non-fiction and documentary stories.
Script: Henry Barajas
Artist: J. Gozo