New Mexico

New Mexico’s Conversos and Crypto-Jews in Santa Fe

Learn the history and experience the unique culture of conversos and Crypto-Jews — Spain’s Jewish citizens who were forced to leave their country for not converting to Christianity.
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Program No. 22854RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

In 1492, the Alhambra Decree forced Spain’s Jewish citizens to make an unthinkable decision: convert to Christianity or leave the country. Over the next 500 years, the conversos and Crypto-Jews who practiced their faith in secrecy traveled to the New World and finally to New Mexico. Here their traditions melded with those of the peoples of the Southwest. In this land of canyons and desert, trace the struggle of New Mexico’s conversos and Crypto-Jews and consider how their traditions have managed to survive against the odds.
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Keep the Pace
Walking up to 2 miles a day over uneven terrain; standing up to one hour, some stairs. Elevations of 7,000 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Meet descendants of New Mexico conversos for personal insight.
  • Travel to Taos Pueblo via the High Road and learn about its fascinating history.
  • Explore the history of Santa Fe with an expert on New Mexico’s conversos and Crypto-Jews.

General Notes

For a less active version of this program, please see "New Mexico’s Conversos and Crypto-Jews" (#11007). It includes similar and complementary educational content and is based in Albuquerque.
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Deborah Rael-Buckley
Deborah was born in New Mexico and studied art and architecture history at the University of New Mexico and the University of Illinois-Chicago. She received her master’s in ceramics and sculpture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, has received numerous awards and fellowships and has exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently in Brussels where she lived for two years. Her works have been added to several public collections, and she gave her first TEDx ABQ talk in 2015. She lives and works in Taos, NM.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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