La Canoa Legacy Talks: Fabiola Cabeza de Baca: The Good Life
April 28, 2016
The La Canoa Legacy Series features talks by Hispanic/Latino academic and community researchers with long-standing and distinguished records of research and teaching about New Mexico and the region. Like la canoa—referring in New Mexican Spanish to several utilitarian objects used to receive and transport people and resources and thus provide a service to the community—these talks are meant to serve the community by presenting new or overlooked information about our region to interested audiences. We want them to transport us to new understandings of our region and its rich cultural and historical inheritance, and to move the conversation back and forth in rich dialogue between presenters and audience members.
Dr. Tey Diana Rebolledo will discuss Fabiola Cabeza de Baca : The Good Life. Fabiola Cabeza de Baca was born into a prominent and landed family in Las Vegas New Mexico. She was a woman who overcame many obstacles and became a teacher, writer, extension agent and proponent of change while at the same time fostering traditional values. Her life spanned New Mexico as a territory New Mexico as a state, World War I, The Great Depression, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cold War. She taught nutrition and food preservation, founded Women’s Extension Clubs and discussed kitchen design to help homemakers. She authored several cookbooks and was interested in history and folklore. She incorporated these interests in several books, which have become classics of New Mexican literature: The Good Life and We Fed Them Cactus. She was a woman on the move, an independent woman who had adventures and who survived challenges and sorrow. This presentation will be a visual journey through her life and accomplishments.
Dr. Tey Diana Rebolledo is Distinguished Professor of Spanish Emerita from the University of New Mexico. She is the author of The Chronicles of Panchita Villa, Women Singing in the Snow, editor of Las mujeres hablan, Nuestras mujeres, and Infinite Divisions as well as many articles on Chicana/o and Latin American Literature.
The talk will be held in the History and Literary Arts Building-Library on Thursday, April 28th at 6pm. It is free to the general public, with light refreshments served.