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HISTORY AND CULTURE OF NORTHERN NEW MEXICO

Myrriah Gómez, myrriahg@unm.edu
Core: Humanities

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course will help you foster a relationship with northern New Mexico. In this class we will examine the history and culture of northern New Mexico as it is experienced in the politics, arts, and traditions of the region. We will discuss northern New Mexico’s cultural heritage through primary texts, guest speakers, field trips, and hands-on learning. While we will learn about the evolution of northern New Mexico through the lens of origin stories and colonial periods, we will focus more specifically on learning about cultural practices related to agriculture, music, language, food, religion, land use, art, fiestas, dance, healing, and many other regional traditions. We will also unpack the various groups of people who have made northern New Mexico their home in an effort to dispel the myth of a tricultural region. As we analyze place and space through various modes of cultural production, we will also examine our own particular beliefs and impressions so as to develop a deep awareness and understanding of the place in order to cultivate a cultural appreciation and understanding of the people and their practices. 

READINGS AND TEXTS AND OTHER COURSE MATERIALS

Course Reader

The Book of Archives, and Other Stories from the Mora Valley, New Mexico, A. Gabriel Meléndez

Milagro Beanfield War (film)


STUDENT REQUIREMENTS

Students will be expected to read articles and book excerpts from course reader; participate in discussions and activities during class and online; participate in class field trips; analyze poetry, artwork, and music; complete a community profile with a group; complete a final creative project; create a cuadernito.



ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

A native of the Pojoaque Valley, New Mexico, Myrriah earned her Ph.D. in English with an emphasis in Latina/o Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has taught courses in History, Chicana/o Studies, Humanities, and English departments across New Mexico and in Texas. She received the UNM Faculty of Color award for Teaching in 2015.