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Santa Fe Nativa: A Collection of Nuevomexicano Writing

Edited by Rosalie C. Otero
Edited by A. Gabriel Meléndez
Edited by Enrique R. Lamadrid
Photographs by Miguel A. Gandert

The belief that land is sacred, embodying the memory and inheritance of those who sacrificed to settle it, is common among New Mexican Hispanos, or Nuevomexicanos, and Santa Fe serves as their unique geographic and symbolic center. The city will celebrate the four hundredth anniversary of its founding in 2010 and this anthology honors its role as the foundation of New Mexican Hispanic culture.

Divided into nine parts, this collection reflects the displacement that many Hispanos feel having watched their hometown transform into a tourist and art Mecca. Parts I and II pay homage to Santa Fe through the sentiment that Hispano writers express for the city. Parts III and IV provide historical maps for places that have been reconstructed or obliterated by development, while Part V is dedicated to Santa Fe's distinctive neighborhoods. Parts VI and VII express nostalgia for traditional lifeways. Part VIII illustrates the spirit of Santa Fe and Part IX reflects on traditions that stand the test of time.

2010 Southwest Book of the Year, Tucson-Pima County Public Library

Part of the Pasó por Aquí Series on the Nuevomexicano Literary Heritage


Rosalie C. Otero is the director of the University Honors Program, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and the associate dean of University College. She has written several book chapters, articles, and short fiction.

A. Gabriel Meléndez is professor of American studies at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

Enrique R. Lamadrid is a literary folklorist and cultural historian in the University of New Mexico's Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

Miguel A. Gandert is professor of journalism and communication, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.


"Whether you thumb through the collection to snack on just one tasty morsel of poetry, or gorge yourself for hours, there are jewels of history and culture on every page."


New Mexico Magazine

"If you felt you had a firm grasp on Santa Fe and its cultural ambiance, ( Santa Fe Nativa) may open your eyes to more than a few aspects that may have escaped your attention. It is a fascinating read for both long-time residents and recent arrivals to the City Different."


Chronicles of the Trail

"This book expresses the spirit of Santa Fe--both in its wonder and its complexity--not by articulating the grand themes of Santa Fe's history but by letting those who have lived, worked, laughed, and mourned in the city tell their stories."


New Mexico Historical Review

8.5 x 9.5 in. 248 pages 14 color plates, 29 halftones, 4 maps