It is often said that the Spanish spoken in Northern New Mexico is actually an “ancient” and “archaic” form of Spanish no longer spoken in Spain. But is this really true? No. Of course not. Don’t be ridiculous. In fact, the truth is FAR more fascinating! Perhaps the most pervasive myth among New Mexican Spanish … More Do New Mexicans speak an “ancient” form of Spanish?
The Acequia is a communal irrigation ditch, and its continued use is a testament to the cultural resiliency of the New Mexican people. But where does this tradition come from? Sadly, most New Mexicans have a distorted understanding of Acequia history, and credit its creation solely to Moors and Spaniards. For example, a recent article … More Acequias: a forgotten history
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Perhaps the most pervasive myth among New Mexican Spanish speakers is the notion that New Mexican Spanish is an “archaic” and “pure” form of Spanish. This idea comes from the misconception that New Mexico existed in a continuous state of isolation, separated from the rest of New Spain and the later Mexican Republic by hundreds … More Our Legacy
Tlaxcalans of Barrio de Analco have been largely forgotten. “Analco” was a Nahuatl word, meaning “on the other side of the river.” The barrio sat on the south side of the Rio de Santa Fe, while the north side was occupied by the Spanish settlers and contained the Plaza and Governors Palace.