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From Tonantzin to Guadalupe: Transformation of the Indigenous to the Christian presented by Margaret Munoz Garza Over 500 years ago Hernan Cortez conquered the central highland valley of Mexico, what is now known as Mexico City. Although the physical conquest of the land was relatively easy, the Spaniards had gunpowder while the indigenous had spears and arrows, conquering their hearts and minds proved to be a much more difficult endeavor. The conquest was not complete until the Spanish friars appropriated Tonantzin’s sacred site, Tepeyac, with a new mythology: the creation of La Virgen de Guadalupe or Mary, the mother of Jesus. Margaret Munoz Garza teaches in the English departments at the University of Houston, Downtown and Lone Star Community college. She received her master’s degree from the University of Houston, Central, writing a master’s thesis on Invoking the Goddess: Mexican mythology in Contemporary Chicana Literature. She lives in Houston with her husband and three adopted quad-peds, Tank, Panda and Stewie, and two grown children who visit frequently. She is currently at work on her own Chicana novel about Malinalxochitl, one of the many goddesses in Mexican mythology.