As a consequence of the so-called Spanish Flu, in November and December of 1918, La Revista de Taos recorded the names of those who had died in villages throughout Taos County, including Arroyo Hondo, Arroyo Seco, Cañón, Chamisal, Taos, Ranchos, Talpa, Rio Pueblo, Llano de San Juan, Llano Largo/Santa Barbara, Córdovas, Picuris, Peñasco, Valle, Trampas, Questa, and Cerro.
In the following post, Archivist Samuel Sisneros reflects about the extraordinary experience of working to recover a set of sacramental records from Catholic church of the Pueblo de Santo Tomás Apóstol de Abiquiú.
Today, on this highest of holy days to Catholics, I recall the deeply resonant sounds of the ancient spiritual hymns known as alabados. Recognizing the value and importance of recording these spiritual praises and other musical and religious traditions, folklorist and linguist Dr. Juan B. Rael returned home in the summer of 1940 and recorded the voices of fifteen men and four women from villages in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado, including these deeply spiritual hymns. Listening to the alabados in moradas,…
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