Nuevo Mexico’s Mid-Winter Celebrations

Nuevo Mexico’s Mid-Winter Celebrations:
A Look at the Intercultural Symbols and Reexamination
of the Tri-Cultural Myth.

by Miguel Gandert, Distinguished Professor-Communications and Journalism, University of New Mexico

December 5, 2019 11 am-12:30 pm (US Eastern Time)

We examine the complex narrative and symbols of Hispano and Native-American communities in the Rio Grande Valley in New Mexico. Using photography, we study the performance and symbols in each community as they use the rituals to create a fidelity to culture and community. In addition, we examine New Mexico’s tri-cultural myth (Anglo, Hispano, and Native-American), which is currently under reexamination since the New Mexico House and Senate passed a memorial bill in 2010 recognizing Genizarios  as an historical cultural classification.

FREE for current, paid SIETAR USA members in good standing
$25.00 for nonmembers
Access to this webinar will be via the Zoom platform.  Registration is required, even for members.  We will provide the link after you have registered.


About the Presenter

As a photojournalist, Miguel Gandert considers himself an Indo-Hispano and has spent the last twenty years documenting this culture; he often photographs people on the fringes of society, including cholos, bikers, lowriders, boxers, teen-age mothers, and Mexican immigrants. Gandert’s publication, Nuevo Mexico Profundo (2000), documents the Rio Grande corridor from northern New Mexico to the Mexican border and includes the annual pilgrimages to Chimayó, New Mexico and historical Matachines dances. Many say that Gandert’s close collaborations in the lens free his subjects to narrate their own story, and reveal their lives on their own terms. Gandert’s numerous national and international exhibitions include shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian. He is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of New Mexico and a well-known interculturalist.

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