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stories Ernesto Nava told me !

A meeting between 4 people the last son of Pancho Villa   Ernesto Nava, Paul Renteria Actor of films , and  Mike Moroff  Actor of Films Raul Nava owner Pancho Villa event center  Paul Renteria does a Documentary film , Pancho Villas Son


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Nazas Durango

Interview with Ernesto  by

Frank Sanchez  in Spanish in Novato  Ca,  at Los Guitarras  Restaurante  COMO Salio su Historia.....

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                      Parte 1

Jose Hernandez  from farm worker to astronaut  Arielle , Raul 

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Parte 2

Un reportaje de Blanca Garza de Ernesto Villa Nava en 4-4-07 El Hijo de Pancho Villa



He visits Chihuahua and Durango and is interviewed

by Univision In 2006  

                                                   Hijo de Pancho Villa

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At the age of two Ernesto Nava Villa was brought to the United States by his mother, Macedonia Ramirez, and when he was just eight years old, his mother explained that he had to keep his secret the fact that his father died and that his fathers name was Francisco Villa and she further explained that if he told anyone he would be killed in Mexico or the United States; and this harsh reality forced Ernesto to work in the mountains between Texas and New Mexico at an early age for his mother and although he liked school , he could not attend because he did not speek English and oftend had to fight to defend himself ; and there was still conflict in those regions after the Mexican Revolution and even his maternal relatives who lived nearby, did not acknowledge him; and at the age 14, Ernesto went into Mexico by himself, into the mountains of the sierra Madre, following the footsteps of his father, Francisco Villa, traveling from village to village to the Sierra de Gamon in Durango Mexico the place where Francisco Villa went into hiding; and Upon his return to New Mexico, Ernesto continued to work , using his skills he learned as a child and, at age 19 , he got married and had a child, Earning a dollar a day, Ernesto dicided to leave New Mexico to find a better paying job leaving his wife and child, he arrived in San Jose Ca, in 1936, with only fifty cents in his pocket and a few work reference; and Ernesto ultimately found work in a brick factory that paid two dollars and fifty cents per day, and working days and evenings, Ernesto saved enough money to bring his wife and daughter to San Jose and Ernesto eventually moved his family, which now included two more children, to Russell City where he became a contractor , specializing in lath and plastering; and after a number of suspicious arsons , Ernesto moved to Hayward where he continued to build homes which included his dream house for his family a home he built without a bank loan and over the years, Ernesto trained over 86 men in construction who were then 

able to work and become  self-sufficient; and

in addition , Ernesto has been active in the community, advocating for education in communities throughout the United States and supporting the MACE  Committee and many other Latino organizations and he is the recipient of numerous Awards and commendations , having been recognized by federal , and state, and local officials in California and Mexico and various organizations and Ernesto is the father of 15 children, and his youngest, Raul , asked if he could take him to Mexico, following the same steps he took when he was 14 years of age, in Durango and then into Chihuahua ; upon his return to Mexico, Ernesto knew exactly where to go, ultimately reaching Chihuahua 

the place where his father Francisco Villa was assassinated in 1923, and while staying in a hotel, Raul asked Ernesto if he could tell anyone in Mexico that his father was the son of Francisco Villa and, after Ernesto acquiesced, they learned of the festivities of

Pancho Villa in Parral Chihuahua, called the

Cabalgata Villistas the cavalcade from the capital of Chihuahua to the city of Parral, Chihuahua, and Ernesto kept his promise he made to his mother for 80 years  and he now reveals and celebrates his life and his heritage and at 88 he inspires many with his 

commitment to his community and to California youth.

Ernesto Nava Villa as a young child, Ernesto exemplified bravery under scorn, he once told me a tale that demonstrated courage...

Story Ernesto told me that when he was about 11 or 12 years old in New Mexico, a hacendado or owner of a large mass of land, when Ernesto was just a child was on his land and accidentally let some horses out of his parcel, and the owner was on a large horse and made the horse stomp on Ernesto's bare feet because he let the horses out. The Mexican workers looking on, advised young Ernesto to 'take it and don't say anything,' yet the boy yelled stop. The men did not help because they were afraid of losing their jobs. In bare feet, Ernesto crossed the river. bleeding, his foot bound with a rag. When he got home his mother asked what happened and he told her he cut his feet crossing the river. It took about a month for his feet to heal, but he never told her what happened. That's how life was.... I was in tears when he told me this story.