Saturday Dec 7, 2019
Albuquerque, NM 87111
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The Santa Fe author and historian for the city of Santa Fe from 2015 to 2017, talks about and signs her non-fiction effort New Mexico Death Rituals: A History.
NM HISTORIAN PRESENTS BOOK ON STATE'S DEATH RITUALS 4:00 PM SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, AT PAGE ONE
Santa Fe author Ana Pacheco, who was the historian for the city of Santa Fe from 2015 to 2017, will be at Page One Books 4:00 pm Saturday, December 7, to talk about and sign her non-fiction effort, "New Mexico Death Rituals: A History."
The book is described as such: "New Mexico's harsh terrain, countless wars and epidemics were a challenging and fascinating environment for the many cultures and peoples who settled there. When tragedy struck, their faith and religious rituals allowed them to mourn, celebrate and commemorate their dead. From Pueblo Indians and Spanish colonists to Jewish immigrants and American veterans, many old traditions have endured and blended into modern society. The area is also home to many unique death sites, including the graves of Smokey Bear and Billy the Kid, and the largest contemporary collection of human bones in the world. Author Ana Pacheco guides you through the history of Christmas death rituals, roadside descansos, communal smallpox graves, Civil War memorials and more."
Pacheco was the historian for the city of Santa Fe from 2015 to 2017. She was the founding publisher and editor of "La Herencia," a quarterly magazine on New Mexico history that she published from 1994 through 2009. From 2007 through September 2013, Pacheco wrote the weekly column A Wonderful Life for the "Santa Fe New Mexican," documenting the oral histories of the elder community. In 2010 she published the official magazine for Santa Fe’s 400th anniversary. Her most recent book was 2018's "Pueblos of New Mexico." Pacheco is the daughter of Jesús Pacheco and Natalie Ortiz. Her Ortiz ancestors settled in Santa Fe in 1694. Her mother, Natalie Ortiz, was a descendant of Diego de Vargas who led the resettlement of Santa Fe after the Pueblo Revolt in 1692. Don Gaspar Avenue is named after Natalie’s great grandfather, Don Gaspar Ortiz.
Page One Books is located at 5850 Eubank Blvd NE, Suite B-41, in Albuquerque's Mountain Run Shopping Center (southeast corner of Eubank and Juan Tabo). The Pacheco event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 294-2026 or visit www.page1book.com.
Pacheco's website: https://historyinsantafe.com