Showing posts with label Criticism. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Criticism. Show all posts

Monday, December 3, 2012

According to my publisher's catalog - LPD Press / Río Grande Books, my first publication "Becoming a Part of My History:  Through Images & Stories of My Ancestors" is ranked 9th Most Popular Genealogy Reference, #32 New Mexico History, and #78 Southwest History on Amazon.com.  Very excited indeed.

My next work is expected to be out in early 2013 titled "Por Constancia / So that it may be validated:  Family History in the Río Abajo".  I'll keep you posted.

Here is one of the blurbs for praise and criticism that can be found on the back cover of my first book:


In viewing photos of nuevomexicanos held in the NationalArchives, I was always struck by the fact that the names of the subjects werenever included; they were identified dryly as “Spanish American women bakingbread,” or “Spanish American male driving a wagon.” Impersonal, deracinated,objectified. Andrés Armijo's visual chronicle of his familia is a response tothat colonizing act of reduction. With a profound sensibility of love andrespect, he unfolds before our eyes and our hearts the history of his clan inthis splendid book that comprises a blend of historical fact, physicaldescription, cultural analysis, existential musings and, of course, photographsthat record names and details, thus rendering his ancestors flesh and bloodagents in the making of their familial and cultural history. In sharing thisvery personal album, Armijo eschews the potential sentimentality or narcissismof journeys of self-discovery as he strives to understand his place in abroader collective history that belongs not only to his family but to allnuevomexicanos. Almost two decades ago, when Andrés with his cara de ángelenrolled in one of my heritage language classes at UNM, I immediatelyrecognized a thirst for cultural knowledge rare among his peers. This jewelfulfills my intuition that his passion for his cultural legacy would lead tosomething grand.

Erlinda Gonzales-Berry
Professor Emerita University of New Mexico
and Oregon State University

Friday, August 10, 2012

Within Me

My expression of my genealogical and family history research began to take many forms long before I published my first book Becoming a Part of My History: Through Images & Stories of My Ancestors. I was certainly interested in the actual archival process of genealogy and designing and organizing my documents, pedigree charts and family group charts, but as my archive grew, and being a creative person, I needed to think more intensively about how I was going to form all of this content.  (An interesting note here, a good read on the relationships of the "form" and the "content" can be illuminated by historian Hayden White in some of his theoretical essays from which I drew a great deal of inspiration)  Anyways, as I explained in Becoming a Part of My History, I knew there was much more to my journey than just the actual research.  The family artifacts, material culture and certainly vintage photos were always inspiring, motivating, and they were begging for me to draw them to the forefront.  In deciding how to compile all of this, make sense of it to myself and to my public, I wrote vignettes, created photo essays and produced short films focusing on my journey of the research of my family history.  I did a great deal of writing - vignettes, treatments, and even scripts.  I had found another medium through which to express my passion for family history and created a 33 minute video titled Within Me .  This is a trailer of the video.  This piece, and my other published work can be researched by clicking the Within Me links, and through Libros at UNM Libraries, and viewed at the Center for Southwest Research.

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Review by Gene Grant, July 6, 2005, 7:57 p.m.
From website of that date www.genegrant.com
"Musings of the Dreadlocked Flaneur"

"Within Me," A Name Is More Thank A Name...when it comes to this state.  A very nicely done documentary by Andrés Armijo about his relationship with his late father...and more. He set the tone nicely with a well researched history of the Armijo and Candelaria names and their respective relationship here in ABQ.  Weaving that with his Dad, an Armijo, mad it interesting every step of the way.  Glad to meet Andrés out in the lobby.  For any son, this is a really good experience."  Gene Grant from the website www.genegrant.com July 6, 2005, 7:57 p.m.