The Mesoamerican origins of the Matachines dance

[ 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

Do New Mexican hispanos speak an “ancient” and “pure” form of Spanish?

[ 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?