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Andrea Valdez, How to Be a Texan

Andrea Valdez, How to Be a Texan

Texas Monthly editor Andrea Valdez unpacks which Texas activities comprise the classic Texan identity and why they should be appreciated.

Texas is very innovative in a lot of ways but also holds tight to its past and its traditions. Some Texan traditions are obvious, but others took some digging, like drawing on water dousing skills to find water during contemporary droughts. We ask Andrea Valdez what research she conducted to write an authoritative how-to manual on Texas life, how she feels about certain Texas stereotypes, and why engaging in these activities enhanced her sense of self.

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