The essays in this volume contain a symphony of carefully orchestrated narratives that engage a wide-ranging assemblage of topics including immigration, indigenous identity, Genizaros, hybridity, education, religious syncretism, and United States and Spanish imperialism. Utilizing excavated memory, archival history, and employing the work of performance and postcolonial theorists, the author examines Native American slavery and captivity in the Spanish Colonial Southwest, with emphasis on Coyotes (indigenous mixed-bloods) of Pueblo/Spanish ancestry as well as descendants of Indigenous servants. The essays engage the cultural politics of education within the context of hybrid religious practices such as pilgrimages to el Cerro de Tepeyac, the site of veneration of the pre-Columbian Goddess Tonanztin and her contemporary, la Senora de Guadalupe; el Santuario de Chimayo, the pre-Hispanic Tewa religious site that continues to serve as the destination for pilgrims, albeit now draped in Catholic ritual; and the Comanche dance ceremony of the Saracino sisters of Atrisco. The essays emerge in part from the author's childhood in the Barelas and Atrisco neighborhoods of Albuquerque, two of several mixed-blood indigenous communities of New Mexico plagued by a devastating heroin epidemic in the 1950s and 60s.
Dr. Bernardo Gallegos writing is based on a lifelong quest to understand and explore the cultural and historical landscapes of Native American mixed bloods (Coyotes) of New Mexico, with special attention to Spanish New Mexicans of Native American ancestry, and descendants of Native American slaves. He is the author of Literacy, Education, and Society in New Mexico, 1692-1821 (1992, UNM Press); co-editor and contributor to Performance Theories in Education: Power, Pedagogy, and the Politics of Identity (2005, Routledge); co-editor of the Handbook of Research in Social Foundations of Education. (2010, Routledge); and co-editor of Indigenous Education and Epistemologies in the Americas: A Special Issue of Educational Studies. (2003, Routledge)
Dr. Gallegos is a professor of Educational Foundations at National University, Los Angeles. He is the immediate Past President of the Society of Professors of Education, founded in 1902 by John Dewey. He has also served as President of the Organization of Educational Historians, and the American Educational Studies Association. Dr. Gallegos, a New Mexico native of Coyote ancestry, grew up in the Barelas, Atrisco, and North Valley communities of Albuquerque.