Monday, September 10, 2018

"Santa Fe tribute to Spanish conquistadors gets makeover to acknowledge suffering of tribes"

The decades-old pageant of Spanish soldiers in armor was replaced with new gestures of reconciliation at Santa Fe's autumn festival, which started with Catholic Mass and a performance by Indian Pueblo dancers.


Santa Fe's "Entrada" reenactment depicted the reentry of conquistador Don Diego de Vargas into Santa Fe after the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.

Latino organizers for many years insisted that the reenactment was a celebration of Spanish settlers who defied the odds, settled hostile territory and came to an understanding with Native Americans unlike Europeans in other parts of the present-day United States.