Fiestas in Laredo: Matachines, Quinceañeras, and George Washington's Birthday (Texas Folklore Society Extra Book #30) (Hardcover)

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This book celebrates the many types of fiestas found in the border community of Laredo, Texas. Told from an insider’s perspective and blending memoir, ethnography, and a folkloristic analysis, the author explores the meaning of the celebrations for the community. 

Norma E. Cantú focuses on three fiestas. Los Matachines, as a grassroots, faith-based celebration, incorporates elements drawing on indigenous religiosity from various Indigenous groups in Mexico as well as from the material conditions of the community where the dancers live and work. The quinceañera has transformed from a small family celebration to a number of larger, more public iterations, including a multifaceted grand event. The George Washington’s Birthday celebration has perplexed many scholars and outsiders, but it remains a steadfast celebration that brings together diverse sectors of the community.

About the Author


NORMA E. CANTÚ is the Murchison Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at Trinity University, a lifetime member of the Texas Folklore Society, and a past president of the American Folklore Society. She is the author of Cabañuelas and editor (with Olga Nájera-Ramírez) of Chicana Traditions: Continuity and Change, and (with Olga Nájera-Ramírez and Brenda Romero) Dancing across Borders: Danzas y Bailes Mexicanos.



Product Details
ISBN: 9781957720005
ISBN-10: 195772000X
Publisher: University of North Texas Press
Publication Date: February 15th, 2023
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: Texas Folklore Society Extra Book