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The Upper Penitente Morada Chapel, Arroyo Hondo, Taos County, NM

[Detail] The Upper Penitente Morada Chapel, Taos County, NM


Collection Overview

Hispano Music & Culture of the Northern Rio Grande documents the religious and secular music of Spanish-speaking residents of rural Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado. In 1940, Juan Bautista Rael of Arroyo Hondo, New Mexico, recorded regional alabados (hymns), folk dramas, wedding songs, and dance tunes. In addition to these recordings, the collection includes manuscript materials and publications authored by Rael. The collection provides insight into the rich musical heritage and cultural traditions of this region.

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Historical Eras

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  • The Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945

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Search for recordings and transcriptions (in Spanish) and manuscripts (in English) using the keyword search. Or, browse a List of Performers and a List of Titles. For help with general search strategies, see Finding Items in American Memory.