In this book, photographer Miguel Gandert records the sacred rituals and dances of the mestizo peoples of the upper Rio Grande corridor in 130 black-and-white photographs. Gandert has been photographing the social rituals, people, and landscapes of his native New Mexico for twenty years and teaches at the University of New Mexico.
Included are images of the two great Indo-Hispano regional traditions, the Matachines conquest dance drama, complete with monsters and bull and the multifaceted Comanches celebration, with its equestrian victory play and boisterous dances. The photographs resonate with movement and vibrations as they capture the rhythmic bodies and traditional garb of the Nuevo Mexico Indo-Hispanos people. Included essays provide a deeper understanding of the dances and rituals cultural and historical contexts.
- 156 pages
- 11" x 10"