Biography •  Chicano/Chicana and Southwest

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Romance of a Little Village Girl


Cleofas Jaramillo

Cleofas M. Jaramillo (1878-1956) grew up in northern New Mexico, and her memoir, originally published in 1955, offers a unique and engaging portrait of daily life and customs from the late nineteenth through the early twentieth century. The story of her life in a prominent family steeped in the traditions of Old Spain takes us into village life of a bygone period. Jaramillo's vivid recollection of a time when tradition clashed with modernization and New Mexican cultures nevertheless came together to form a richly diverse society makes her autobiography not only the story of one woman's life but of changing lifeways on the edge of a new era.

Jaramillo narrates her life from girlhood through courtship and marriage, motherhood, and her later years in Santa Fe. Throughout we witness her enduring and indomitable spirit despite political upheaval, economic depression, and family tragedy. Jaramillo drew singular strength from her faith and her heritage. She discusses religion, politics, local customs, family, love, and more, recounting in unique detail customs associated with courtship, marriage, fiestas, and hospitality that are so much a part of Hispanic culture in New Mexico.


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


ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS

Cleofas M. Jaramillo founded La Sociedad Folklorica and wrote several books on New Mexico folk traditions.

Tey Diana Rebolledo is a professor of Spanish at the University of New Mexico, author of several books, and an authority on the contributions of women to the literary development of the Southwest.

ACCLAIM

"This may be a small book, but it provides a whopper of information for any aficionado of Spanish culture at the turn of the century."

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New Mexico Magazine




5.5 x 8.5 in. 232 pages 8 halftones