Folklore and New Mexico

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Cuentos from My Childhood: Legends and Folktales of Northern New Mexico

Paulette Atencio
Translated by Rubén Cobos

These twenty-five New Mexico legends and folktales, in English and regional Spanish, relate to the supernatural and deliver the truths and moral messages of centuries-old folktales told around the world.


Paulette Atencio is an independent folklorist from Peñasco, New Mexico.

Rubén Cobos was born in Coahuila, Mexico, and raised in San Antonio, Texas, and Albuquerque, New Mexico. He received his Doctor of Letters from New Mexico Highlands University and taught at the University of New Mexico for more than thirty years. He has also held teaching positions at Stanford University and University of Nevada in Reno.

Published By Museum of New Mexico Press

5.375 x 8.25 in. 160 pages