Land of Disenchantment

Land of Disenchantment

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New Mexico's EspaApola Valley is situated in the northern part of the state between the fabled Sangre de Cristo and Jemez Mountains. Many of the Valleya€™s communities have roots in the Spanish and Mexican periods of colonization, while the Native American Pueblos of Ohkay Owingeh and Santa Clara are far older. The Valley's residents include a large Native American population, an influential qAngloq or qnon-Hispanic whiteq minority, and a growing Mexican immigrant community. In spite of the varied populace, native New Mexican Latinos, or Nuevomexicanos, remain the majority and retain control of area politics. In this experimental ethnography, Michael Trujillo presents a vision of EspaApola that addresses its denigration by neighbors--and some of its residents--because it represents the antithesis of the positive narrative of New Mexico. Contradicting the popular notion of New Mexico as the qLand of Enchantment, q a fusion of race, landscape, architecture, and food into a romanticized commodity, Trujillo probes beneath the surface to reveal the causes of social dysfunction brought about by colonization and te transition from a pastoral to an urban economy.This attitude is often turned on its head in Chicana/o popular culture (HernAindez 1991). See, for example, Luis Valdeza#39;s play and film Zoot Suit (Valdez 1992) and California-based rapper Down AKA Kiloa#39;s recent song a€œLean Like a Choloa€ fromanbsp;...

Title:Land of Disenchantment
Author:Michael L. Trujillo
Publisher:UNM Press - 2010-03-16


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