Transits of Venus: Ceremonies and Ontested Public Space

in Coyote Nation

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780226532424
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226532523 | DOI:
Transits of Venus: Ceremonies and Ontested Public Space

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This chapter examines the bodily comportment in ceremonies and public events in New Mexico. It explained how Anglo newspapers simultaneously racialized the bodily comportment of Indians and Penitentes while at the same time announcing with considerable respect the ceremonies of elite Hispanos. But newspaper coverage of public ceremonies and festivals were not the only spaces where elite Hispanos exerted great power and influence in New Mexico. The chapter demonstrates the way in which racialization efforts in the newspapers of New Mexico depicted Indians, some Hispanos like Penitentes, and African Americans as corporeally disordered and unfit for citizenship, while both celebrating Anglo ceremonies such as Memorial Day parades and treating the public events involving Hispano elites with respect and even admiration.

Keywords: bodily comportment; public events; New Mexico; newspapers; racialization; Hispanos; ceremonies

Chapter.  8360 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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