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Culture clash becoming more muddled

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By Harold Morgan

The three-culture definition of New Mexico might be the wrong conversation.
Whoa! you say. Don’t go there. That’s an even bigger and more dangerous Box of Pandoras than seeking extensive revision of the state Constitution.
Well, true. But things change. Even the Constitution has a new bone of contention—what it says or doesn’t say about marriage. Some people care about that bone, while few care that the Constitution blocks unifying our university system.
So put the rocks away and hear me out.
A small but interesting example comes with the Spanish Market art event in Santa Fe. The market is mutating, I read. The senior event is the 62nd “Traditional Spanish Market.” It occupies the plaza. Around the corner is the 27-year-old “Contemporary Hispanic Market.” Somewhere within all this is a sensible sounding category called “Innovations Within Traditions.”
Within Hispanic New Mexico, two cultures exist: One, of the traditional northern villages, and the other, well, “Mexican,” for lack of a better word. The two are different. The majority trace to Mexico. I haven’t had the differences explained, but I trust my sources who also say that sometimes bad behavior exists between the two sets of folks.


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