Speakers/Chautauqua Catalog

Name Dr. Irene Blea
Email iiblea092@gmail.com
Phone 505/896-8477
Address 5900 Westward Lane NW
Albuquerque, NM  87120
US
Biographical Info Irene I. Blea, Ph.D., is an author and lecturer. Her books include "The Feminization of Racism: Promoting Peace in America," "U.S. Chicanas and Latinas in a Global Context," and others. She was chairperson of Chicano Studies at California State University and president of the National Association of Chicana/Chicano Studies. She is president of the Native New Mexico Club, among other community activities.
Program Title COMMERCE AND CULTURE ON THE SANTA FE TRAIL
 
Program Description Explore the Santa Fe trail with the Dr. Irene Blea. Meet fascinating animals, flower, fauna, places and the many cultures from which travelers originated. Learn Spanish and Mexican international trade laws which bring new meaning to concepts like contraband, trespassing, undocumented workers, immigrants. Lives changed because of the Mexican American War, which ended in 1848. US military takeover resulted in the New Mexico Territory, which lead to different modes of survival, art, literature, medical treatments, and land surveying. By the 1850s, stagecoaches, the US mail and finally the railroad brought a slow end of the trail and negatively impacted commerphce in Santa Fe, one of America's oldest settlements.
Series New Mexico History and Cultures
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Program Title THE WOMEN AND MEN OF FORT UNION
 
Program Description This multicultural perspective of Native Americans, Hispanics and "newcomers" in the mid to late 1800s offers a quick overview of the establishment of Fort Union on the Santa Fe Trail, the regional and imported materials used in its construction and its daily function. The primary focus of the presentation is on the little known facts concerning soldiers, officer's wives, laundresses, maids, servants and prostitutes. The program ends with an opportunity for the audience to discuss and ask questions leading to a critical analysis of the period and its implications today.
Series New Mexico History and Cultures
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Program Title DOÑA TULES: Lady Gambler of Santa Fe
Character Name Doña Tules
 
Program Description Her profession strikes sharply at the heart of American ethics, but her life reveals a unique personality, unlikely relationships, and wealth used to assist her community, and gain the admiration of the Catholic Church. Doña Tules' contribution to New Mexico history, the speculation and controversy about her, holds audience interest, increases knowledge and stimulates the imagination. She was well established and affluent when the US military and when American wagon trains arrived in Santa Fe. Americans were intrigued by her prominence, and have debated the contradictions of her life as the highly respected professional lady gambler, who could deal the monte cards and win like no other, and have the most lavish funeral of the era.
Series New Mexico History and Cultures
Chautauqua Program Application (Booking) Click here to fill out a funding application for this program »
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