[ 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 The Mesoamerican origins of the Matachines dance
[ unseennewmexico.org ] By Kurly Tlapoyawa 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 … Continue reading Do New Mexican hispanos speak an “ancient” and “pure” form of Spanish?
White power movements are on the rise in Spain, but we have our own version right here in New Mexico. [ unseennewmexico.org ] cover image: Spanish fascists gather in Madrid to honor Francisco Franco. By Kurly Tlapoyawa If the image of angry Spanish youth throwing the fascist salute worries you, you might want to pay … Continue reading The hispano white nationalism of northern New Mexico
Here's to a world without conquistadors and their shitty monuments. In 2006, the city of El Paso financed the construction of a 36-foot statue of the infamous Spanish conquistador Don Juan de Oñate riding his horse into battle. For some reason, this bustling city on the US-Mexico border with an 80 percent Mexican American demographic … Continue reading It’s Time to Take Down Statues of Conquistadors
From NPR: "With the advent of genealogical DNA testing, many people who consider themselves "Hispano," or direct descendants of Spanish settlers, are trying to find out exactly how much Spanish blood they have." To the surprise of nobody (but the "hispanos" themselves), New Mexican history is far more diverse and fascinating than anyone will admit. … Continue reading The Spanish Myth – NPR