Sylvia Rodriguez, Victor A. Sorell, Helen R. Lucero, and Michael Candelaria.
Scholars gathered at the SHRI seminar explored the "link between expressive
culture scholarship originating in the territorial period of the New Mexico re-
gion and the increased complexities of a pluralistic society within the greater
Southwest" (p. x). Thus the essays depart from the common documentary "re-
quirement to recuperate textual materials beginning with the crucible period af-
ter 1848 and extending into the statehood years for both New Mexico and
Arizona" (p. x). Much to the credit of the volume's editors and contributors,
Nuevomexicano Cultural Legacy succeeds generously in meeting its stated goal.
Thus, the work represented in this book constitutes the mature scholarship of
the most recent generation of Chicana/o scholars of lo Nuevomexicano.
The essays' multifaceted subjects touch upon the Anglo-American's imperial
gaze through the writings of Charles F. Lummis; the founding and significance
of La Prensa Asociada Hispano-Americana in Las Vegas, New Mexico; the develop-
ment of a Nuevomexicano literary ethos evident since the earliest colonial writ-
ings; the blurring identities found in ritual; the changing self-conscious relations
of the mexicano and Mexican American as expressed in the 192os writings of se-
lected Mexican immigrant writers; and cultural defense through the founding of
La Alhanza Hispano-Americana leading to questions of collective action and cultur-
al adaptation. Additional essay topics include women's captivity narratives of in-
dzas and mexzcanas; the magical realism and real maravilloso in Nuevomexicano
fiction; the changing intra- and interethnic relations stemming from six decades
of the Taos Fiesta; the popular depiction of the Virgen de Guadalupe in
Nuevomexicano popular culture; Nuevomexicano weaving traditions since 1865
as these have been influenced by world wars, U.S. colonization, and tourism; and
finally, a philosophical inquiry into the possible meanings of the relationship be-
tween santo art and the Penitentes.
Nuevomexicano Cultural Legacy is a major contribution to the larger history of
Mexican and Latino peoples in the United States, and by extension increasingly
that of American cultural history generally. These essays together illustrate the
great complexities in cultural, social, economic, and political change that the
peoples of Nuevo Mexico have undergone since the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidal-
go, particularly in the twentieth century. Moreover, the social changes alluded to
are ongoing. This anthology may be used in any number of courses pertaining
to the American West, Chicana/o history, borderlands history, U.S. cultural his-
tory, and Latino/a studies, to name a few. This book will find a receptive audi-
ence among serious researchers and scholars.
Unzverszty of North Texas Roberto R. Calder6n
Las Tejanas: 300 Years of History. By Teresa Palomo Acosta and Ruthe Winegarten.
(Austin: University of Texas Press, 2003. Pp. xvii+436. Foreword, acknowl-
edgments, illustrations, tables, epilogue, appendices, notes, bibliography, in-
dex. ISBN 0-292-74710-1, $45.00, cloth; ISBN 0-292-70527, $22.95, paper.)
In the introduction to Las Tejanas: 300 Years of History, authors Teresa Palomo
Acosta and Ruthe Winegarten state that their main concern in producing this
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