Intercultural Human Rights Law Review
Each year, Santa Fe, NM celebrates a Fiesta. One component, the Entrada, celebrate the "peaceful" re-conquest of the Indigenous people by the Spanish colonizers. Controversy has arisen in recent years as activists challenge the memorialization of a tradition that they feel represents slavery and brutality. Linking their struggle to recent efforts to remove memorials to the Confederacy, they have sought to physically block the re-enactment, leading to arrests, collateral conflict, and the threat of future violence.How do we move forward as a society with the legacy of slavery that built this region and country: This article examines the historical, sociological, legal and religious conflict surrounding the Entrada. It creates a model for addressing a reconciliation not only of that conflict, but also the broader controversies regarding memorials, monuments and re-enactments of our complicated inheritance of slavery and conquest.
Bill Piatt, Entrada: Slavery, Religion and Reconciliation, 13 Intercultural Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 1, 2018.