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Music and Culture of the Northern Rio Grande: The Juan B. Rael Collection
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Hispano Music and Culture of the Northern Rio Grande: The Juan B. Rael Collection is an online presentation of a multi-format ethnographic field collection documenting religious and secular music of Spanish-speaking residents of rural Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado. In 1940, Juan Bautista Rael of Stanford University, a native of Arroyo Hondo, New Mexico, used disc recording equipment supplied by the Archive of American Folk Song (now the Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center) to document alabados (hymns), folk drama, wedding songs, and dance tunes. The recordings included in the Archive of Folk Culture collection were made in Alamosa, Manassa, and Antonito, Colorado, and in Cerro and Arroyo Hondo, New Mexico. In addition to these recordings, the collection includes manuscript materials and publications authored by Rael which provide insight into the rich musical heritage and cultural traditions of this region. This presentation is made possible by the generous support of The Texaco Foundation.


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Essays in English:

Juan Bautista Rael, 1900-1993: Pioneer Hispano Folklorist

Nuevo Mexicanos of the Upper Rio Grande: Culture, History, and Society

La Musica Nuevo Mexicana: Religious and Secular Music from the Juan B. Rael Collection

Hispano Folk Theater in New Mexico

Ensayos en Español:

Juan Bautista Rael 1900-1993: Folklorista Hispano

Los Nuevo Mexicanos del Río Grande del Norte: Cultura, Historia y Sociedad

La Música Nuevo Mexicana: Tradiciones Religiosas y Seculares de la Colección de Juan B. Rael

El Teatro Popular Hispano de Nuevo México


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