(Re)Constructing la Tierra de la Guerra: An Indo-Hispano Gendered Landscape on the Rito Colorado Frontier of Spanish Colonial New Mexico

  • Jun U. Sunseri


Every day, many a carload of visitors drives northwest from Santa Fe, pushing toward some frontier of personal discovery as they head to yet another attempted channeling of the famous painter, Georgia O’Keefe, at her shrine-like Ghost Ranch. Exiting north from the constant flow of tourists between Santa Fe and Abiquiu, one can almost feel the quieting of the road, like a lateral from the mother ditch, as it begins to narrow into a lonely strip of asphalt that wends its way up the Rito Colorado Valley. The cottonwoods trace the remnant trickles of the river itself, deeper in the middle as it passes between the southern ramparts of the valley, then opening up into a broad plain that will pinch closed again only at the extreme northern end. Just past the sign which announces entry to the Carson National Forest, across the river and just at peripheral vision, adobe walls fade into and out of focus.


Cultural Landscape Land Grant Colonial Administration Spanish Colonial Colonial Settler 
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The author would like to express his deepest gratitude to the community of El Rito (especially Gonzales, Martinez, and Ussery families) as well as to Robert Lawrence of the US Forest Service. Portions of this research were made possible by funding from the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, the Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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