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  1. The Witches of Abiquiu: The Governor, the Priest, the Genizaro Indians, and the Devil
    The Witches of Abiquiu: The Governor, the Priest, the Genizaro Indians, and the Devil
    The Witches of Abiquiu: The Governor, the Priest, the Genizaro Indians, and the Devil
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  2. The Witches of Abiquiu: The Governor, the Priest, the Genizaro Indians, and the Devil

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The little-studied witchcraft trial that took place at Abiquiu, New Mexico, between 1756 and 1766 is the centerpiece of this book. The witchcraft outbreak took place less than a century after the Pueblo Revolt and symbolized a resistance by the Genízaros (hispanicized Indians) of Abiquiu to forced Christianization.

The Abiquiu Genízaro land grant where the witchcraft outbreak occurred was the crown jewel of Governor Vélez Cachupín's plan to achieve peace for the early New Mexican colonists. They were caught between the Pueblo Indians' resistance to Christianization and raids by the nomadic indio barbaros that threatened the existence of the colony. Thanks mainly to the governor's strategy, peace was achieved with the Comanches and Utes, the Pueblo Indians retained their religious ceremonies, and the Abiquiu Pueblo land grant survived and flourished.

The Witches of Abiquiu is the story of a polarizing event in New Mexico history equal in importance to the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692.

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University of New Mexico Press
University of New Mexico Press
University of New Mexico Press
University of New Mexico Press
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

This is a fine history of Abiquiu, a small community in northern New Mexico about 80 miles northwest of Santa Fe.

Although it focuses on the outbreak of witchcraft in the mid-1700s, the author properly fills in the background with excellent depictions of the challenges of living in this remote crossroads under Spanish rule, the vagaries of colonial governance from the territorial capital in Santa Fe, and the contemporary status of the unique Abiquiu land grant that endures yet today.

You may be disappointed if you choose this book primarily for the topic of witchcraft. It's there, but, perhaps, not in the major role you would expect. But, if you are interested in the Southwest--northern New Mexico in particular--and the volatile milieu of peoples who have lived there over the last thousand years, you will be very pleased.

This is not to give the witch trials short shrift! The authors examine the decade-long efforts of a determined, outnumbered and... Read more
This book is packed full of info on the Northern New Mexico Genizaros...the witchcraft part is pretty interesting too...I wonder how much peyote had to do with the "demonic possessions"...This book really fills in the gap withb regard to Governor Tomas Vélez Cachupín... a lot of Indian raids against the Spanish settlers and vice versa...then throw in the devil and crazy friars, spells, potions, snakes...It's a really great storyline.....the research is top notch..great foot notes section..I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Northern New Mexico history...and I found out a distant relative of min was one of the accused sorcerer!!! He died in a Mexiacan prison :( poor guy.....
I just started into the book and am amazed at the amt of history given. Not only can I see how misconceptions have happened. It has allowed me to understand folklore of this area. I'm very pleased.
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