UNM Professor Michael Trujillo discusses and signs his new book The Land of Disenchantment: Latina/o Identities And Transformations In Northern New Mexico (UNM Press, $29.95), in which Trujillo explores the cultural heritage of New Mexico's Espanola Valley, situated in the northern part of the state between the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez Mountains. Many of the Valley's communities have roots in Spanish and Mexican colonization, while the Native American Pueblos of Ohkay Owingeh and Santa Clara are far older.
Contradicting the popular notion of New Mexico as the "Land of Enchantment," a fusion of race, landscape, architecture, and food into a romanticized commodity, Trujillo probes beneath the surface to reveal the struggle and pain brought about by colonization and the transition from a pastoral to an urban economy, as well as the limits of common ethnographic representations. Land of Disenchantment also examines creative and literary works by Valley residents Policarpio Valencia, Jim Sagel, Teresa Archuleta, and G. Benito Cordova.
Michael L. Trujillo is assistant professor of American Studies and Chicano Hispano Mexicano Studies, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. He earned his PhD in anthropology from the University of Texas, Austin in 2005. This is his first book.
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