Diabla a Pie: Women's Tales from the New Mexico WPA

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Cultural Writing. At the height of the 1930's Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt instituted a Federal Writers Project as part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), one of many government programs aimed at getting the populace back to work. Many writers participated through activities such as compiling a series of state guides, gathering folksongs, and recording the oral narratives of still-living ex-slaves. New Mexico was among the states participating in this effort, and the project workers ...

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Overview

Cultural Writing. At the height of the 1930's Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt instituted a Federal Writers Project as part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), one of many government programs aimed at getting the populace back to work. Many writers participated through activities such as compiling a series of state guides, gathering folksongs, and recording the oral narratives of still-living ex-slaves. New Mexico was among the states participating in this effort, and the project workers there included two women interviewers, Lou Sage Batchen and Annette Hesch Thorp. Their work placed particular emphasis upon gathering Hispanic women's tales, or cuentos. The two interviewed many native old-timers, gathering folktales as well as gleaning vivid details of a way of life now gone.

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A compendium of Hispanic women's tales, or , gathered during the Great Depression as part of the Works Progress Administration. Rebolledo (Spanish, U. of New Mexico) and M<'a>rquez (U. of New Mexico, Center for Southwest Research) gathered the records of two female WPA interviewers and reproduce many of the firsthand accounts in this book. Well over 100 tales cover everything from everyday life for Hispanic women during the Great Depression to cultural legends. The book opens with an introduction to the study. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558853126
  • Publisher: Arte Publico Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2000
  • Series: Recovering the U. S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 1,441,629
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 1.33 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xv
Introduction xix
Part I Annette Hesch Thorp
1. Stories. December 17, 1940 2
2. Catalina Viareal. September 17, 1940 4
3. Cesaria Gallegos. September 23, 1940 7
4. Tita. October 1940 9
5. Chana. October 8, 1940 12
October 15, 1940 14
October 22, 1940 16
October 29, 1940 18
November 5, 1940 20
The Resador. November 12, 1940 23
The Curandera. November 19, 1940 26
Remedios. November 26, 1940 28
Chana. December 3, 1940 31
6. Unknown Informant (possibly Antonio Vigil) Casorios. December 10, 1940 34
7. Antonia Vigil
Nuestra Senora Del Rosario. December 10, 1940 37
Witch Stories. The Story of a Headache 39
8. Lina. December 31, 1940 41
January 7, 1941 43
January 14, 1941 45
Not dated 47
February 4, 1941 49
Partera. February 25, 1941 51
March 11, 1941 53
The Pie and the Plate. Not dated 57
Partera. Midwife. March 18, 1941 59
Remedios. March 25, 1941 62
9. Barbarita Nieto
Velorio. February 11, 1941 64
Velorio. February 18, 1941 66
Mortaja. Shroud. February 25, 1941 69
10. Juliana
Satan and the Girl. April 1, 1941 70
Fabiana. April 1, 1941 71
Fabiana. April 8, 1941 73
11. Vicenta. April 15, 1941 75
April 22, 1941 78
April 29, 1941 80
May 6, 1941 82
May 13, 1941 84
Manuela. May 20, 1941 87
Manuela. May 27, 1941 90
Manuela. June 3, 1941 93
Amalia. June 17, 1941 96
Amalia. June 24, 1941 98
Amalia. July 1, 1941 101
Part II Lou Sage Batchen
1. Placitas. August 13, 1938 106
2. Placitas Folklore. August 27, 1938
Dona Tomasa--the Witch Nurse 111
Tesoro De la Ciruela 113
El Abuelo--the Whipping Man 114
Francisco and His Saint 115
3. Folklore. September 17, 1938
Petra's Faith 116
The Brave Little Shepherd 117
The Coyotes Send the Warning 118
Eufemia's Sopapillas 119
Quiteria Outwits the Witch Nurse 120
The First San Antonio De Las Huertas 120
4. Las Huertas. October 11, 1938 122
5. Tales of the Towns Settled by Las Huertasanas. Ojo De La Casa. November 12, 1938 126
The Peace Plot. November 26, 1938 131
El Inocenton 132
El Ojo 133
Luz De La Luna 134
Legend of Montezuma Mine 134
Gold Fever in Ojo De La Casa 135
La Madera. The Timber. December 17, 1938 138
The Good Samaritan of La Madera 139
La Cita De Las Brujas. Rendezvous of the Witches 140
El Misterio. The Enigma 141
El Hombre Alegre. The Jolly Man 142
La Madera, Part II. Luxuries Come to La Madera. January 6, 1939 144
The Snow Bride 145
The Burial of Old Jose 148
Tejon (Badger). January 20, 1939 149
6. Placitas
The Naming of Placitas 154
Old Houses of Placitas. February 10, 1939 155
Life in the Old Houses: Part I. Josefa and Her Sons. February 24, 1939 159
Life in the Old Houses: Part II. The House That Juan Built. March 17, 1939 165
Life in the Old Houses: Part III. The Story of Nestor and Maruja Pais. April 7, 1939 172
Life in the Old Houses: Part IV. Interwoven With the Story of Francisco Gonzales. May 5, 1939 177
Life in the Old Houses: Part V. Sports and Pastimes. May 19, 1939 183
Life in the Old Houses: Part VI. Hunts of the Old Days. June 9, 1939 188
Life in the Old Houses: Part VII. Gabrielita and Placida. July 5, 1939 194
Life in the Old Houses: Part VIII. Fiesta Days. July 21, 1939 201
Life in the Old Houses: Part IX. August 11, 1939 207
Life in the Old Houses: Part X. Fiesta Days. September 1, 1939 212
7. Life and Play of the Children in the Old Houses: January 5, 1940 217
8. Folktales. January 26, 1940
The Wise Donkey 223
Capitan Grande, Agua 225
The Phantom Raiders 227
Ricardo's Deer 229
9. The Trader of Ojo De La Casa. March 1, 1940 230
10. The Terror of Ojo De La Casa. March 15, 1940 234
11. El Bandolero De Las Placitas. April 5, 1940 239
12. Felicia La Bruja. April 19, 1940 243
13. An Old Native Custom.
Guadaloupe's Transgression. May 5, 1840 248
El Indio Viejo. May 19, 1940 251
Madrecita Piedad. June 3, 1940 255
El Pelon Y La Pelona. July 20, 1940 259
The Fall of Paquita 261
La Curandera. August 5, 1940 to August 19, 1940 269
A Tale of Witchcraft. September 12, 1940 277
Camila. February 12, 1941 281
Senor Flores Comes to Las Placitas. March 12, 1941 286
The Cruel Moon. April 9, 1941 290
14. Community Work. November 20, 1940 294
15. Clotilde and Francisca. The Story of an Indian Raid. January 29, 1941 298
16. Los Pedlers. April 23, 1941 309
17. Easter Tide. June 18, 1941 313
18. The Year It Rained Tortillas. February 13, 1942 317
19. How Juan Brought Art to Las Placitas. February 27, 1942 321
20. Antonia and Her Saints. March 13, 1942 324
21. El Cajon Bonito. April 10, 1942 328
22. How Senora Petra Clothed Her Family. April 24, 1942 332
23. La Cuna Y La Muneca. June 5, 1942 336
24. El Horno. July 3, 1942 341
25. La Era. The Threshing Floor. July 17, 1942 344
26. El Platero. August 14, 1942 349
27. El Vestido De Venado Cuero De Juan. August 28, 1942 352
28. La Tinaja De Lemita. September 11, 1942 355
29. Mateo Y Raquel. October 9, 1942 358
30. La Orquesta Antigua. October 23, 1942 365
31. La Cosecha De Maiz. November 6, 1942 369
Appendix (Batchen)
1. Juan of Tecolote. September 25, 1940 374
2. Over the Santa Fe Trail in 1868. (No date, possibly March 9, 1941) 390
3. The Panic of 1862. March 16, 1941 396
4. Out of Bondage. May 7, 1941 402
5. Juan Y El Oso Ladron. May 21, 1941 407
6. The Fury of 1869. June 4, 1941 412
7. Dos Hombres Sabios De Las Placitas. June 30, 1941 417
8. Salvadoro, El Constructor De Arado. March 27, 1942 422
9. Miguel Y Su Carreta. May 8, 1942 425
10. Nicolas Goes to Market. June 19, 1942 428
11. The Rope Maker. July 30, 1942 431
Selected Bibliography 437
Glossary 449
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