Rituales de la Tierra y del Espíritu: Rituals of the Land and Spirit

Photographs by Miguel Gandert


This collection of black and white photographs focuses on sacred and secular rituals practiced by mestizo peoples of the Upper Rio Grande Valley in northern New Mexico.  They embody four centuries of cultural and personal conflict and accommodation. These rituals re-stage complicated and intertwined allegories of European Christian/ Islamic and New World Native/Spanish interactions.


An internationally-acclaimed photographer and professor at the University of New Mexico, Miguel Gandert has participated in, and documented the rituals of, the indigenous, mestizo, Nuevo Mexicano cultures for twenty years. 

His photographs have been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. They have been published by the Museum of New Mexico Press and the National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico.


This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the community-wide reading project The Big Read, formerly known as One Book, One New Paltz, which focuses this year on Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya, a 1972 novel set in 1940s New Mexico.

A component to The 2013 Big Read - a community-wide reading of Rodolfo Anaya's "Bless Me Ultima" organized by Fresno County Public Library.


PDF of all events presented by Fresno County Library in conjunction with the Big Read :  CLICK HERE






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