Young, David B. (Atekpatzin)

Young, David B. (Atekpatzin)
Young, David B. (Atekpatzin), 1956, interviewee; Alfonso, Margaret, interviewer; Alfonso, Margaret, videographer;
Date Recorded:
September 10, 2013
Date digitized:
September 10, 2013
Length of interview:
141 minutes, 13 seconds

David Atekpatzin Young was born in 1956 and moved to Boulder in 1972 so his mother (Maria Dora Esquivel, an activist who died in May 2013) could attend the University of Colorado. In this interview he talks about his ethnic identity: he identifies as a Chicano who is a Genizaro Apache, the descendent of Native Americans who were enslaved to serve Spanish families in New Mexico. He tells about how when his mother was a child, she and her relatives were brought by truck from New Mexico to Colorado by a “coyote” to whom they owed all their wages, another form of human trafficking. He describes his mother’s later involvement with UMAS on the CU-Boulder campus and her work with other Chicano leaders; her and his participation in the 1970s-‘90s with the American Indian Movement, Nicaragua, the Communist Party, and gay rights issues; his conflicts with the City of Boulder and the Boulder School District in the 1990s and 2000s. He relates the history of Indian and Chicano oppression by the government. He talks in detail about curanderismo (traditional healing), how it succeeds in helping people, and his own training. He discusses differences between Chicanos and Anglos.


Gonzalez, Corky.
Bruno, Frank.
Quigley, Edwin James, 1929-2015.
Stands, Bill.
Latinos, Colorado, Boulder County.
Native Americans.
Discrimination, Colorado, Boulder County.
Political activists, Colorado, Boulder County.
Racism, Colorado, Boulder County.
Original Format:
digital mini DV
This interview is part of a series with members of the Latino Community in Boulder County. This video was divided into two halves. The second half can be viewed here:
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