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Benigna's Chimayó: Cuentos from the Old Plaza

Photographs by Don J. Usner

The author retells fourteen traditional cuentos in Spanish and with English translations passed down by his Chimayó grandmother.


Don J. Usner was born and grew up in New Mexico. He earned his BA in biology and environmental studies at the University of California and his MA in cultural geography at the University of New Mexico. His books include Sabino's Map: Life in Chimayó's Old Plaza and New Mexico Route 66 on Tour: Legendary Architecture from Glenrio to Gallup.

Published By Museum of New Mexico Press

8 x 9.5 in. 160 pages 10 black-and-white photographs, 14 line illustrations, glossary