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Trail Dust: Class of Indians once called ‘genizaros’ in New Mexico

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MARC SIMMONS

Trail Dust

Posted: Friday, January 17, 2014 7:00 pm | Updated: 10:05 pm, Sat Jan 18, 2014.

Anyone who reads much on the history of colonial New Mexico will sooner or later run across the word genízaro. It was a true “localism,” a term used in its own way, with a special meaning to the people of the Rio Grande Valley.

During the Spanish era, government officials or priests who used the word in their reports to superiors in Mexico City took pains to define it, knowing that outsiders were unfamiliar with the local usage.

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2 comments:

  • larrymaez posted at 10:42 am on Fri, Feb 6, 2015.

    larrymaez Posts: 1

    Just because Mexico abolished the use of the word "Genizaro", does not mean they want to be called Mexican. That title should be reserved for people born in Mexico who are a very proud people. Indio Hispano or just Hispano is more appropriate since the Indian in them was (by Mexican law) abolished. Hispanos are an indigenous people that are recognized by whites as Mexicans, recognized by natives as the Spanish who enslaved them, but they are mostly decendents of the enslaved Native Americans of many tribes that are without a tribe. These are also proud people who have been wronged by many.

     
  • Denise Neufeld posted at 9:42 am on Wed, Nov 26, 2014.

    dneufeld Posts: 1

    Mr. Simmons, do you know any of the names of the families that you mentioned in this article? Here is a quote that I am referring to "One of the largest groups lived in the provincial capital of Santa Fe, in the barrio de Analco surrounding historic San Miguel Chapel. Here were 42 genízaro families, about 300 people."

     

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