In developing what would become Chicano Poetry, Alurista sought to craft his poetry by infusing it with pre-colonial imagery and influences from the Aztecs. A big component of this mixture was the use of the "ch" sound for the Spanish language "x" that had been changed to a "j" sound in the Spanish language. The name "Chicano" itself comes from this change in the "x" sound as it comes from the "xicano" in "mexicano" or Mexican. Furthermore, the poetry sought to go back to the Mexica motherland of Aztlán where the mexica (Aztecs) came from. Geographically, Aztlán corresponds to the Southwestern United States, so the renaming of this part of the country as Aztlán for the Chicanos was an act of re-appropriation of land that had historically been sacred to their ancestors.