Claim: Matachines are of Mesoamerican origin

[ unseennewmexico.org ] cover image: Painting of Moctezuma Dance By Kurly Tlapoyawa The process of Spanish colonization in Mexico resulted in the widespread diaspora of Mesoamerican people across much of the western hemisphere. In particular, Tlaxkaltekah colonists serving as auxiliary forces for the Spanish crown brought with them Mesoamerican languages, foods, rituals, artistry, and traditions. … Continue reading Claim: Matachines are of Mesoamerican origin

Claim: Juan de Oñate was a convicted rapist and murderer who was exiled from New Mexico.

[ unseennewmexico.org ] VERDICT: HE ABSOLUTELY WAS! Juan de Oñate is the source of much controversy in the state of New Mexico. Every year, a fiesta is held in his honor by the community of Española. People parade through the streets dressed as conquistadors, and a "Reina" is elected as part of the fiesta. But … Continue reading Claim: Juan de Oñate was a convicted rapist and murderer who was exiled from New Mexico.

Claim: New Mexican “hispanos” speak an “ancient” and “pure” form of Spanish.

[ unseennewmexico.org ] VERDICT: NO. OF COURSE NOT. DON'T BE RIDICULOUS. In fact, the truth is FAR more fascinating! Perhaps the most pervasive myth among New Mexican Spanish speakers is the notion that New Mexican Spanish is an "archaic" and "pure" form of Spanish. This idea comes from the misconception that New Mexico existed in … Continue reading Claim: New Mexican “hispanos” speak an “ancient” and “pure” form of Spanish.