Hermanitos Comanchitos: Indo-Hispano Rituals of Captivity and Redemption

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One of the great festival traditions shared by Pueblo and Hispano across New Mexico is the celebration Los Comanches. In this series of winter festivals, communities come alive with colorful processions, boisterous ceremonial dance, allegorical nativity plays, and a folk drama on horseback which portrays the 1779 defeat of famed war chief Cuerno Verde. In a mixture of defiance and emulation, these events honor the historic relations of war and peace with the Comanches, the feared and admired warriors and traders of the south plains who once held the fate of all New Mexico in their hands.

Lamadrid and Gandert provide historic, poetic, and photographic documentation of one of the richest legacies of the upper Rio Grande, a cultural crossroads known for its mestizo traditions and transcultural exchanges. A CD anthology of "Comanche" music accompanies a stunning selection of Gandert's photographs.

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Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Note from the Series Editors
List of Illustrations
1 Prologue: Festival, Familia, and Intercultural Relations 1
2 Alli Vienen los Comanches: Dancing with the Enemy 10
3 The Numunuh in New Mexico: Comanche Stories and Tales 27
4 Cuerno Verde y Sus Hijos: Text and Performance in an Eighteenth-Century Folk Drama 51
5 Santo Nino y Sus Cautivos: The Poetics of Captivity and Redemption 80
6 Los Comanches de la Serna: Music, Dance, and Hispano-Comanche Identity 135
7 Desire, Mimesis, and Atonement: Cultural Legacies of the Pax Comanche 179
App. 1 "Los Comanches"/"The Comanches" 207
App. 2 Los Comanches Nativity Play 227
App. 3 "Hermanitos Comanchitos" - CD Playlist and Notes 237
Notes 240
Bibliography 247
Index 256
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