Reflections on A New Mexican Crypto-Jewish Song Book offers close examinations of a manuscript written over a 20-year period by Loggie Carrasco, a well-known crypto-Jew from Albuquerque, New Mexico. The manuscript includes a wide range of genres: folklore, memory, ritual practices, genealogy, and most significantly poetry and songs. Although the manuscript remains unpublished, this book utilizes quotations and excepts to enable the reader to have a good understanding of Carrasco’s voice. Focusing on the main genres and themes that shape Carrasco’s manuscripts, the contributors argue that the work is both unique and illustrative of the vitality of crypto-Jewish culture and contemporary understandings of it.
Seth D. Kunin is Deputy Vice-Chancellor International at Curtin University.
Part 1: History and Culture
Chapter 1. Song of the Sparrow: An Example of Cultural Continuity and Creation
Seth D. Kunin
Chapter 2. Oscillating Technologies of Sephardi Transmission: The Role of Notebooks and Orality
Vanessa Paloma Elbaz
Chapter 3. “A Woman So Perfect Keeping the Law”: The Crypto-Jewish Faith of Justa Méndez in Colonial Mexico
Matthew D. Warshawsky
Chapter 4. Testing Historical Memory: Tracing the Paternal Line of Loggie Carrasco
Stanley M. Hordes
Chapter 5. From Jewish Merchants to Palestinian Muslims: The Sephardic Iskandarani-Djerbi Families
Roger Louis Martínez-Dávila
Part 2: Creative Responses
Chapter 6. What They Left Behind
Annette B. Fromm
Chapter 7. Crypto-Jews in Literature: Appropriation, Authenticity and Agency
Chapter 8. New Mexico Jewish Faith Keepers
Isabelle Medina Sandoval
Chapter 9. Children of the Inquisition: Their Stories Can Now be Told - Reflections on Making the Film
Joseph Lovett and Hilary Klotz Steinman
Chapter 10. Reflections on My Spiritual Journey as a Crypto-Jew
The Crypto-Jewish phenomenon hit New Mexico like a Tsunami in the early 1980s when then State Historian Stan Hordes started hearing whispers and stories by Catholic Hispano New Mexicans about a hidden legacy long buried, yet still alive. This volume reveals how that experience of many New Mexicans has evolved, through traditions, music, heritage, and DNA technology, into something much vaster than initially suspected. Family histories and genealogies trace back through a labyrinth journey from northern New Mexico, through Mexico and the Caribbean, to the Canary Islands, then further back to Medieval Spain and Portugal, and North Africa as well. Loggie Carrasco is the real-life protagonist in this saga of life, death, persecution, re-discovery, and redemption.