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Matachines and Morismas: Conquest and Resistance on the Plaza

May 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm



Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 3:00 pm

at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art

Free to members | Non-members $5.00

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Matachines and Morismas are twin choreographic traditions that emerged from the Reconquest of Spain and the Conquest of Mexico and portray it to this day, performing on patronal feasts, often consecutively, on the same day. Dancers, soldiers, and equestrian display provide people with a continuously evolving narrative and critique about their origins, their identity, and their future. Where Morisma narratives are rich with scripted texts, Matachines dances and the patronal saints days overflow with choreography and a kinetic play of symbols. Dramatic actions described subsequently conspire to contest and dismantle the colonizing visions of subordination and submission.

Cultural historian Enrique Lamadrid’s research on the Indo-Hispanic traditions of New Mexico charts the influence of Indigenous cultures on the Spanish language and imagination.  His literary writings explore the borderlands between cultures, their natural environments, and between popular traditions and literary expression.

Photographer Miguel Gandert’s documentary work is an art form with a strong capacity for expression as well as a way of telling stories and understanding complex cultural relationships. A primary focus of those stories is Gandert’s mestizo heritage and the fusion and tension of the relationship between Spanish Colonial and Native Cultures of the Americas.




May 19
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Spanish Colonial Arts Society
(505) 982-2226


Museum of Spanish Colonial Art
750 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, NM 87505 United States
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