Discovering “Spanish Culture” at the Santa Fe Fiesta, 1919–1936

Charles Montgomery

in The Spanish Redemption

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780520229716
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927377 | DOI:
Discovering “Spanish Culture” at the Santa Fe Fiesta, 1919–1936

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This chapter investigates the Fiesta de Santa Fe, a festival whose largely Anglo leaders decided in the late 1920s that real villagers, not stage pageantry, should be the main attraction. The vision of a domesticated Hispano folk culture had a powerful effect on Santa Fe's Anglos. Capt. Don Diego de Vargas led his troops up the Rio Grande to recapture the city. He executed seventy male prisoners and enslaved roughly four hundred women and children. The De Vargas Pageant fitted the national pattern in both form and thematic content. The chapter addresses “Spanish culture” in Santa Fe, and the Culture Center issue, which was settled quietly at the end of 1926. The Fiesta encouraged the cooperation and mixing of Hispanos and Anglos, but did not offer the most complete view of the upper Rio Grande's paisano.

Keywords: La Fiesta de Santa Fe; Spanish culture; Don Diego de Vargas; De Vargas Pageant; Hispanos; Anglos; Culture Center; paisano; Rio Grande

Chapter.  12611 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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