By Ellen McCracken
New Mexico's first Franciscan priest, Fray Angélico Chávez (1910-1996) can be a prolific historian, a literary and inventive determine, and an highbrow who performed a necessary function in Santa Fe's group of writers. the unique essays accrued right here discover his wide-ranging cultural creation: fiction, poetry, architectural recovery, journalism, family tree, translation, and portray and drawing. numerous essays speak about his method of heritage, his archival examine, and how during which he re-centers ethnic identification within the accepted Anglo-American grasp historic narrative. Others learn how he used fiction to carry historical past alive and mixed visible and verbal components to reinforce his narratives. essays discover Chávez's occupation as a friar. the gathering ends with memories via Thomas E. Chávez, historian and Fray Angélico's nephew.
Readers familar with Chávez's paintings in addition to these studying approximately it for the 1st time will locate a lot that surprises and informs in those essays.
"A awesome tribute to a superb man."--Rudolfo Anaya
"UNM Press is to be congratulated at the e-book of this long-awaited paintings on Fray Chávez. His fiction, his poetics, and his paintings are absolutely exact through a decide on staff of either younger and professional scholars."--Rolando Hinojosa-Smith