chapter  11
Borderland/Borderline
Pages 17

The word “Borderland” came directly out of my work with Hannah. She introduced the word to me. She had just begun to read the book, Borderlands: La Frontera, by Gloria Anzaldúa.5 It traces the migrations of pre-Aztec Indians from what is now the US Southwest to central Mexico and then, centuries later, back again as mestizos, individuals with mixed Indian and Spanish Conquistador blood. Hannah had spent several years of her childhood living in South America. The title had caught her eye. As the dynamics described in Chapter 2 unfolded in our work together, I resonated to the word “Borderland” as one that best describes the phenomena that are the subject of this book.