LAII Lecture Series: Nación Genízara: Ethnogenesis, Place, and Identity in New Mexico
R. Moises Gonzales and Enrique R. Lamadrid, University of New Mexico
Thursday, February 13, 2020 | 02:00 pm
Latin American and Iberian Institute (801 Yale Blvd NE)
801 Yale Blvd NE (campus building #165)
Join the LAII for a presentation with R. Moises Gonzales, Associate Professor of Urban
Design in Community and Regional Planning at the School of Architecture and Planning at
the UNM, and Enrique R. Lamadrid, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Spanish from UNM,
who taught folklore, literature, and cultural history there since 1985.
Nación Genízara is the first book solely dedicated to the detribalized Native experience in
New Mexico, a story of conquest, trans-culturation survival, and resilience. Topics as
diverse as Genizaro ethnogenesis, slavery, early settlements, expressive culture, poetics,
religion, gender, family history, and mestizo genetics are addressed.
R. Moises Gonzales is a genízaro heir of both the Cañón de Carnué Land Grant and the San
Antonio de Las Huertas land grant by way of Bernadina India, a well-known genízara
servant in the house of Antonio Gurulé of Los Ranchos de Alburquerque. He is danzante of
the Matachín and Comanche traditions of the Sandía mountain communities. He currently
serves on the Board of Trustees of the Carnué Land Grant and has written various academic
articles on the history and culture of genízaro settlements.
Enrique R. Lamadrid’s research interests include traditional culture and bioregionalism,
ethnopoetics, and folklore. His book Hermanitos Comanchitos (Albuquerque: UNM Press
2003) won the Chicago Folklore prize, and he now edits the Querencias Series of UNM
Press. Querencia is a popular term in the Spanish-speaking world used to express love of
place and people. This series promotes a transnational, humanistic, and creative vision of
the US-Mexico borderlands, based on all aspects of expressive culture, both material and
This lecture is free and open to the public.