Glossary: cholo

A term that has a variety of definitions and social implications. During colonial times, it was equivalent to mestizo but has evolved to include persons of mixed or pure native American ancestry who are trying to move up the social and economic ladder by observing various Hispanic cultural norms. Cholos speak Spanish in addition to an indigenous language. Choloficacin (Cholofication) refers to the transition process from native American to mestizo status.

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