The following biographies are in order of interview appearance in the video In Search of Aztlán.

Rudolfo Anaya

One of the most influential authors in Chicano literature, Rudolfo Anaya has earned international acclaim for his skillful mingling of realism, fantasy and myth in novels exploring the experiences of Hispanics in the American Southwest. His novels include Bless Me Ultima, Heart of Aztlán, Tortuga, The Legend of La Llorona, Albuquerque, Zia Summer and Rio Grande Fall. Mr. Anaya has been called "the godfather of Chicano literature in English." His long list of national and international awards include the prestigious Premio Quinto Sol national Chicano Literary Award for his first novel Bless Me Ultima and the Pen Center West Award for fiction for his novel, Albuquerque. A graduate of Albuquerque High school, Mr. Anaya earned bachelor's and master’s degrees in literature and a master's degree in Counseling from the University of New Mexico and has been awarded seven honorary Doctor of Literature degrees from universities across the country. He was UNM professor in the department of English Language and Literature from 1974 until his retirement in 1993. He is Professor Emeritus at UNM. Today he spends his time writing children’s book and lecturing around the world.

Dr. Yolanda Broyles-Gonzales

Dr. Yolanda Broyles-González is Professor of Chicano Studies and German Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She studied at four German universities and was among the first women of color to receive a doctorate degree from Stanford University. As an undergraduate she attended the University of Arizona and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She is a native of the Arizona/Sonora desert and is rooted in the Yaqui-Mexican culture. In 1996 Dr. Broyles-González was honored with the lifetime Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Association for Chicana & Chicano Studies. The award recognizes Professor Broyles-González’s "multiple and invaluable scholarly contributions and her advocacy for the Chicana/o Studies discipline." Other distinguished national and international awards have come from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ford Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, and the German Academic Exchange Service, which funded her research in Germany for five years. Among her publications are The German Response to Latin American Literature; El Teatro Campesino: Theater in the Chicano Movement; the first study of the legendary singer and National Medal of Arts recipient Lydia Mendoza, entitled Lydia Mendoza’s Life in Music/La Historia de Lydia Mendoza; and Norteño Tejano legacies (published by Oxford University Press, bilingually and with a CD, 2001). Broyles-González also recently published a comprehensive raza women’s anthology entitled Re-emerging Native Women of the Americas. Native Chicana Latina Women’s Studies (Kendall Hunt Publishers, 2001). In 1994 she was selected as one of "Ten Terrific Teachers" at UCSB; In 1996 Professor Broyles-González made national news by legally challenging the unequal payment of women and minority professors within the University of California system. in 1997 she received an award as Outstanding Faculty Member at UCSB "for her dedication and contributions to the education of UCSB students." In 1998 President Clinton honored her at a White House ceremony marking women’s struggles for equal pay.

Dr. José Angel Gutiérrez

Dr. Jose Angel Gutiérrez is a graduate of Texas A&M University at Kingsville (B.A.-‘66), St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas (M.A.-‘68), University of Texas at Austin (Ph.D.-‘76), and University of Houston, Bates College of Law, Houston, Texas (J.D.-‘89). His book publications include El Politico: The Mexican American Elected Official (El Paso: Mictla Publications, 1972); A Gringo Manual on How to Handle Mexicans (Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico: Imprenta Velasco Burkhardt, 1974); A War of Words (co-authored) (Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1985); The Making of a Chicano Militant: Lessons from Cristal (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1998); My Struggle for the Land: Autobiography of Reies Lopez Tijerina,(translated and condensed). Dr. Gutierrez was co-founder of the Mexican American Youth Organization (MAYO), Mexican American Unity Council (MAUC) and the La Raza Unida Party. He has been the subject of many articles and film documentaries, the most recent being the PBS three-part video series, CHICANO! The Mexican American Struggle for Civil Rights, and is mentioned in many Chicano history and political science books for his activism.

Fermin Herrera

Since 1971 Fermin Herrera has been Professor of Chicano/Chicana Studies at California State University at Northridge. He earned a B.A. in Spanish from UCLA and has taught extensively in the field of Chicano Studies specializing in Meso-American civilizations and the Nahuatl language. In addition to a full teaching load at CSUN, Mr. Herrera has guest lectured at UCLA, USC and UC Santa Barbara and in Mexico. He has written numerous articles and papers pertaining to Meso-American studies, the Nahuatl language and Mexican folk music. He is the author of several books including Classical Nahuatl: a Textbook for Beginners and Instructional Workbook for Mariachi Music. Mr. Herrera is an accomplished musician specializing in the harp. He has collaborated as a harpist with Linda Rondstadt on the CD Sounds of Mexico: Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, with Los Lobos on the CD Kiko and on the Grammy Award winning soundtrack for La Bamba, with Elizabath Waldo on Songs of the New World as well as recording with his own Jaracho musical group on the CDs Ixya Herrera: Primavera and Conjunto Hueyapan: Sones Jarochos in the United States. Mr. Herrera has received a Folk Arts Fellowship three times from the National Endowment for the arts and has been recognized for his musical accomplishments numerous times in the United States and Mexico.