Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Un milagro de la historia: fiestas populares en Nuevo México

Celia López-Chávez


The Pueblo Indians occupy the largest territory in New Mexico and have managed to keep this thanks to their agreements with the Spanish, later negotiated with the United States. The particular conditions of this and the characteristics of Hispanic colonisation have enabled their fiestas, customs and traditions to endure. In New Mexico the fiestas went along the same lines as their Spanish equivalents, centered mainly on religious ceremonies, including street processions. This article analyses festive traditions grouped into dramas and theatre performances, religious festivities and games. It comes to the conclusion that these fiestas can only be understood and construed in the setting of the trilogy of tradition, man and nature. that have been the pillars of New Mexicali culture since ancient times.

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