Folklore

Bad Clowns

By Benjamin Radford

This book describes the history of bad clowns, why clowns go bad, and why many people fear them.

Lo que mi abuela me dijo / What My Grandmother Told Me

Practical Wisdom from Spanish Proverbs and Sayings
By Maria Paz Eleizegui Weir
Illustrations by Mahala Urra

Arranged by subjects, the dichos provide wisdom on topics such as childhood, work, strife, and love.

Cancionero

Songs of Laughter and Faith in New Mexico
By John Donald Robb
Edited by James Bratcher

Created for musicians and vocalists, Cancionero features arrangements for voice with piano or guitar accompaniments as well as selected concert versions for voice, oboe, harp, and piano.

Chasing Dichos through Chimayó

By Don J. Usner

In these reflections on the dichos of the Chimayó Valley in northern New Mexico native son Don J. Usner has written a memoir that is also a valuable source of information on the rich language and culture of the region.

Mysterious New Mexico

Miracles, Magic, and Monsters in the Land of Enchantment
By Benjamin Radford

Using folklore, sociology, history, psychology, and forensic science—as well as good old-fashioned detective work—Radford reveals the truths and myths behind New Mexico’s greatest mysteries.

Mayan Tales from Chiapas, Mexico

By Robert M. Laughlin
Translated by Socorro Gómez HernándezJuan Benito de la Torre

Presented here in English, Tzotzil, and Spanish are forty-two stories told to Robert Laughlin in Tzotzil by the only speaker of Tzotzil left in the village of San Felipe Ecatepec in Chiapas, Mexico. The stories range from mythological sacred stories to historical accounts of life in the twentieth century.

Hispanic Folk Music of New Mexico and the Southwest

A Self-Portrait of a People
By John Donald Robb

First published in 1980 and now available only from the University of New Mexico Press, this classic compilation of New Mexico folk music is based on thirty-five years of field research by a giant of modern music, composer John Donald Robb.

The Legend of Ponciano Gutiérrez and the Mountain Thieves

By A. Gabriel Meléndez The Paiz Family
Illustrations by Amy Córdova

Once upon a time in the Mora Valley of northern New Mexico there lived a farmer named Ponciano Gutiérrez. On a trip through the mountains he was taken captive by Vicente Silva and his gang of bank robbers. This tale of Ponciano’s quick-witted escape has been a bedtime story for generations in the Paiz family.

Grandma's Santo on Its Head / El santo patas arriba de mi abuelita

Stories of Days Gone By in Hispanic Villages of New Mexico / Cuentos de días gloriosos en pueblitos hispanos de Nuevo México
By Nasario García

In this collection of bilingual stories about the Río Puerco Valley, where Nasario García grew up, he shares the traditions, myths, and stories of his homeland.

Juan the Bear and the Water of Life

La Acequia de Juan del Oso
By Enrique R. LamadridJuan Estevan Arellano
Illustrations by Amy Córdova

The legend of the stouthearted man who moved mountains and rivers to create the most famous acequia in northern New Mexico is retold in both English and Spanish for a new generation of young readers.

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