The Politics of Multiculturalism in New Mexico
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Nebraska Press
List of Illustrations
Many people have helped me along the way since I began this project in 2001, and it is a pleasure to be able to thank them now. In New Mexico, the interim board of the Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area welcomed me to their meetings, invited...
A Note on Terminology
The names for the various groups that have settled in New Mexico are notoriously problematic, since none are universally acceptable and most are homogenizing. The terms “Pueblo,” “Indian,” and “Native American” are all European or Euro-American inventions....
On a sunny spring day in 2002 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S. senator Jeff Bingaman announced plans to establish the Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area. Designated by Congress, national heritage areas are both places and administrative frameworks. They cover nationally significant, living...
1. Constructing History at the Palace of the Governors
The Palace of the Governors, a one-story adobe building on the north side of the Santa Fe plaza, has always been Santa Fe’s most famous landmark. Its front facade has become a tourist icon (see fig. 2). Under the front portal of the Palace, Indian artists display handcrafted jewelry, pottery, and other goods...
2. Authenticity under the Palace Portal
Perhaps the most important, and certainly the most popular, part of the Palace of the Governors today is the portal market. Almost every day of the year, through the heat of summer and cold of winter, Indian artists sit with their backs against the front wall of the Palace under Nusbaum’s restored...
3. Heritage and Recognition in the Española Valley
From Santa Fe we head twenty-five miles north on U.S. Highway 84/285, through a high desert landscape of canyons and mesas, to a very different place. The city of Española is smaller and poorer than Santa Fe. Although tourists drive through Española on their way between Santa Fe and Taos, they...
4. The Politics of Preservation in Las Trampas
One of the paintings in the Española Misión is of the church of San José de Gracia in the mountain village of Las Trampas, which lies along the High Road between Santa Fe and Taos. Las Trampas has captivated the imagination of Anglo-Americans since they began arriving in New Mexico...
5. Anthropology, Heritage, and Multicultural Justice
Anthropology and the heritage industry are closely related, especially in the American Southwest. The Southwest has been a preeminent “laboratory” for both archaeological and ethnographic research since the nineteenth century (Fowler 2000). This research was tied to tourism development,...
Epilogue. Danza de los Antepasados
The Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area has become an active organization. An executive director is working with an assistant from an office in Española. It has taken a long time to complete a management plan, but each new draft shows improvement.1 Through a small grants program...
Appendix. Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area Act
Page Count: 336
Publication Year: 2013
OCLC Number: 859155548
MUSE Marc Record: Download for Recognizing Heritage