Baker Morrow, professor of practice in the UNM School of Architecture and Planning, translated and interpreted the 500-year-old account, "The South American Expeditions, 1540-1545, Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca." Morrow will receive the Ministry of Culture Award from the Spanish government on Friday, April 27 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the gallery of George Pearl Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

Fred Mondragon, an official representative of the Spanish Consul in Washington, D.C., is accepting the presenting the award on behalf of the Ambassador, the Honorable Jorge Descallar. Morrow will present a copy of the book to Mondragon and also provide him with a copy to give to the Ambassador.

"I am exceedingly grateful to receive this honor and award and to present copies of this book to the Spanish government on the occasion of New Mexico's 100th anniversary of statehood," Morrow said. The event is an official centennial event sponsored by the School of Architecture and Planning.

"In this way, we recognize the importance of Latin America in the Southwest and UNM's role in recognizing the significance of Latin American culture and history," he said.

Cabeza de Vaca is a legendary figure in the Western Hemisphere and in Spanish history. "

Cabeza de Vaca was, Morrow said, "a writer, documentarian, memoirist, early ethnologist and problem solver."

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