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Tertulia Histórica Albuquerque: From Sea To Sand: Holy Week Traditions of Spain, New Mexico and the Philippines

March 20, 2021

2 pm (MST)

Live via Zoom

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This presentation will discuss various traditions of Semana Santa (Holy Week) beginning with its origins in Spain and how those traditions spread to the Americas and beyond.The early traditions in Spain and how they are celebrated today will be explored along with how those traditions left Spain and traveled to new lands and cultures, where they took root and are still celebrated today.

Free community event

The lecture will concentrate on two former colonies of Spain, the northernmost frontier of Nueva España, New Mexico, and the farthest away from the mainland, The Philippine Islands.While many of today’s celebrations show similarities, each celebration is also imbued with local tradition and lore. In some regions sacred ceremonies are private and closed off to outsiders while in other regions rituals are conducted in full public display.

Nicolasa Chávez, a fourteenth-generation New Mexican, is Curator of Latino/Hispano/Spanish Colonial Collections at the Museum of International Folk Art. She received her master ́s degree in history with a concentration in Iberian Studies at the University of New Mexico. She is the co-curator of the recent exhibition Música Buena: Hispano Folk Music of New Mexico with maestro Cipriano Vigil. She also curated Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico and is the author of the accompanying publication The Spirit of Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico. Her interest in Semana Santa traditions was sparked when she experienced Semana Santa in Sevilla, Spain, while living abroad.

Her research into the different song forms and genres within the flamenco family has also led to an interest in the history of the Saeta, which is performed during Holy Week in Andalucía, Spain, and the Alabado, performed during Holy Week in New Mexico. Most recently she conducted research on Semana Santa in the Philippines.

Albuquerque is presented by the National Hispanic Cultural Center in collaboration with the Office of the New Mexico State Historian.

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