Brief Trajectory of Colorism and Violence against Women in New Mexico

Brenda M. Romero (University of Colorado Boulder, emerita)

This presentation provides an overview of colonial casta identities in New Spain that dramatically places into relief colonialism’s impact on women in New Mexico and the surrounding regions for 425 years. I discuss patterns of oppression and bring the discussion to New Mexican scholarly grounding in Native and Black female captivity and “genízaro consciousness,” helping to further contextualize the social foundations of the borderland indita ballad of New Mexico. From there I touch briefly on contemporary life on the back roads of northern NM for a sense of where we are today.

Part of V2-03 Women, Violence, and New Mexican "Traditional" Music, Wednesday, October 11, 3:30 pm–5:30 pm