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Coyote NationSexuality, Race, and Conquest in Modernizing New Mexico, 1880-1920$
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Pablo Mitchell

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780226532424

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226532523.001.0001

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Transits of Venus: Ceremonies and Ontested Public Space

Transits of Venus: Ceremonies and Ontested Public Space

(p.81) Chapter Four Transits of Venus: Ceremonies and Ontested Public Space
Coyote Nation
University of Chicago Press

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

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