Prickly Pears, Serapes, Pueblos and Tortillas: Women in the New Mexico Territory, 1846-1866
In this lecture 2011 Officer of the State Historian Scholar Katherine Massoth discusses ways white Americans reacted to the environment, clothing, and foodstuffs of New Mexican people between 1846 and 1866.
Cuisine and couture became areas where daily practices were absorbed and traded between the colonizers and the colonized and the colonizers learned from the Mexican and Native Americans, slowly changing their own ideas of appropriate standards for food and clothing.
Massoth is a Presidential Fellow and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Iowa where she received her M.A. degree in United States History in 2008. She specializes in the history of gender and race in the American West. The lecture was cosponsored by the Office of the State Historian and the Center for Southwest Research at UNM.
Listen to her talk