Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies ETDs

Publication Date

Spring 2022


This study gauges how adult Bernalillo Nuevomexicanos reacted to a critical curriculum that addresses how race, class, power, and identity influence Nuevomexicano language use, and an understanding of history and culture, with emphasis on the Bernalillo Matachines Dance, Las Fiestas de San Lorenzo and associated customs. In addition, the study aims to discover what elements they find positive, negative, and what they would revise about the curriculum. This study is an attempt to create agency through the creation of a critical curriculum unit by a community researcher, teaching the pilot unit to a group of community members, and gauging their reactions to the course content and instruction.


Nuevomexicano language and culture, critical curriculum, Matachines, Bernalillo

Document Type


Degree Name

Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies

Level of Degree


Department Name

Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies

First Committee Member (Chair)

Rebecca Blum-Martinez

Second Committee Member

Glenabah Martinez

Third Committee Member

A. Gabriel Melendez

Fourth Committee Member

Diane Torres-Velasquez