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Dancing to Pay the Light Bill: Essays on New Mexico and the Southwest (Red Crane Literature)

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A delightful panorama of southwestern culture is presented in this collection of satirical and penetrating essays exploring the language, turbulent history, and rich multicultural fabric of life in this unique region.

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Jim Sagel explores with sensitivity and humor the unique language, turbulent history, and rich multicultural fabric of life in New Mexico and the Southwest. He creates a concrete and delightfully detailed panorama of southwestern life--from century-old Indian elders stepping in time to a pre-Columbian dance to lowriders cruising like conquistadors into a Lotaburger future. Sagel has honed his unique ability to not only observe the quirky and sometimes magical interplay of cultures, but to set those observations in a context that is both accessible and entertaining to the reader. His essays explore the relevancy and dynamics of bilingualism, the effects of tourism, and the importance of maintaining traditions. Sagel's diverse portraits demonstrate the stamina and self-sufficiency of New Mexicans who have worked to sustain their creativity and privacy. Among the issues Sagel addresses are the linguistic and cultural phenomena of bilingual code-switching, or "Spanglish", as it is popularly known; the beauty and significance of the oral tradition; and the effects of tourists and immigrants who, in spite of their muskets and Master-Cards, all end up being changed by this ancient land with its vibrant history. Sagel's poetic language and humor make these essays of interest to a broad cross-section of readers, from the bilingual educator to the high school student, from the cultural anthropologist to the occasional visitor interested in knowing more about Hispanic culture and the Southwest.

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ISBN:
9781878610102
Author:
Tucker, Greg
Author:
Tucker, Greg
Publisher:
Red Crane Books
Location:
Santa Fe, N.M. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
United States - West - General
Subject:
New mexico
Subject:
History, Local
Subject:
Southwest, new
Subject:
Southwest, New Social life and customs.
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Americana-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series:
Red Crane literature series
Series Volume:
no. 3
Publication Date:
19911031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8.64x5.48x.49 in. .48 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Jim Sagel explores with sensitivity and humor the unique language, turbulent history, and rich multicultural fabric of life in New Mexico and the Southwest. He creates a concrete and delightfully detailed panorama of southwestern life--from century-old Indian elders stepping in time to a pre-Columbian dance to lowriders cruising like conquistadors into a Lotaburger future. Sagel has honed his unique ability to not only observe the quirky and sometimes magical interplay of cultures, but to set those observations in a context that is both accessible and entertaining to the reader. His essays explore the relevancy and dynamics of bilingualism, the effects of tourism, and the importance of maintaining traditions. Sagel's diverse portraits demonstrate the stamina and self-sufficiency of New Mexicans who have worked to sustain their creativity and privacy. Among the issues Sagel addresses are the linguistic and cultural phenomena of bilingual code-switching, or "Spanglish", as it is popularly known; the beauty and significance of the oral tradition; and the effects of tourists and immigrants who, in spite of their muskets and Master-Cards, all end up being changed by this ancient land with its vibrant history. Sagel's poetic language and humor make these essays of interest to a broad cross-section of readers, from the bilingual educator to the high school student, from the cultural anthropologist to the occasional visitor interested in knowing more about Hispanic culture and the Southwest.
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