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Unfinished Histories of Sonora Mexico's Folklore Archive
Miriam Melton-Villanueva, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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Unfinished Histories of Sonora Mexico's Folklore Archive 1975-6 (Book)
Title: Unfinished Histories of Sonora Mexico's Folklore Archive 1975-6
Author: Miriam Melton Villanueva
Editor: Kristen Buckles
Abstract: In response to the destruction of cultural heritage materials worldwide, this book offers bilingual reference to extant selections of 172 Spanish-language indigenous-influenced folktales originally collected in 1975-76 from five different towns in a high desert/ mountain-foothill region of Sonora, in the original local Spanish alongside English translations. The only extant folktale collection for the Ures region of Sonora, Mexico, remained unknown in a widow’s garage for decades. Historian Miriam Melton-Villanueva, charged by her mother to publish her late father’s fieldwork, found unsettling power dynamics behind the production of Sonora Mexico’s Ures-Region Folklore Archive. Unseen labor, found hidden in the dissertation draft for UCLA became a path in which to enter the archive, into the stories of the Mexican hands that helped make it possible. Despite her mother’s initial objections, the author re-centers authority on the women who co-created it, catalyzing silenced networks of shared power germane to interpreting today’s social upheaval.
Year: 2023
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Type: Single author monograph
Copy sent to NEH?: No