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Monday, October 13, 2008

The Crypto-Jews of the San Luis Valley

In this month's Smithsonian magazine, Jeff Wheelwright writes how an aggressive form of breast cancer attests that some Hispanic Catholics from the San Luis Valley descend from Jewish ancestry. Wheelwright speaks with Ryan Warner.

Photo credit: Cary Herz, from New Mexico's Crypto-Jews, 2008, University of New Mexico Press.

Lorenzo Dominguez, Levi ben Macario, by the Rio Grande, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1999.

Rufina Bernardetti Silva Mausenbaum during her visit with New Mexico's converso descendants,
Temple Emanuel, Pueblo, Colorado, 2001.

Star and Cross.

Ruth, a six-pointed star-shaped bulto, 1994.

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