Speakers/Chautauqua Catalog

Name Ms. Consuelo Luz
Email luz@rt66.com
Phone 505/820-2262
Address 207 Montoya St.
Santa Fe, NM  87501
Biographical Info Actress, singer, writer, poet and community activist of Chilean, Cuban, Sephardic, Mapuche and Basque descent, Consuelo Luz has performed all over the world and is an internationally recognized recording artist.
Program Title REBECA ROMERO DE ESPINOSA, a 17th Century hidden Jew
Character Name converso, or Crypto Jew
Program Description On August 26, 1660, the Holy Office of the Inquisition arrested Governor of New Mexico Bernardo López de Mendizábal and his wife Doña Teresa de Aguilera y Roche on suspicions of Judaizing. The dramatic events surrounding this arrest are recounted by Rebeca (a fictional character), close friend of Doña Teresa and herself a hidden Jew who sings Ladino songs and talks about the inner drive she feels to hold on to her Jewish identity in spite of the risks. Rebeca describes the hidden Jewish practices of her own family and what she has learned about Native American ways and how they tie in with ancient Jewish traditions. She also shares her views on the use of religion as a political tool as she laments the long arm of the cruel Inquisition "...reaching even to the end of the Earth, the blessed mountains of New Mexico where we thought we could be safe. Will the exile ever end?"
Series New Mexico History and Cultures; Conversations With the World
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