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The Craft of Ritual Studies$
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Ronald L. Grimes

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780195301427

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301427.001.0001

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Framing Fiesta

Framing Fiesta

(p.124) 5 Framing Fiesta
The Craft of Ritual Studies

Ronald L. Grimes

Oxford University Press

This chapter helps explain the paradox of calling La Conquistadora (the Conqueress) Our Lady of Peace and of treating Don Diego De Vargas, a conquistador, as a man of peace. Even though the fiesta was an invention of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, today's Santa Fe Fiesta, especially the Entrada pageant, has a long history of precedents. “Moorish,” or Muslim, conquests on the Iberian Peninsula, used ceremonies of possession that were later adapted by the Spanish for use in their own conquests and reconconquests in the New World. Although clergy and city officials in Santa Fe like the claim that the fiesta celebrates interethnic harmony, there remain elements implying the domination of one people by another.

Keywords:   conquest, reconquest, ceremonies of possession, Pueblo Revolt, Santa Fe, festivity, pageantry, Santa Fe Fiesta

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