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The Lost Gold Mine of Juan Mondragón
A Legend from New Mexico performed by Melaquías Romero
By Charles L. Briggs; Julián Josué Vigil
270 pp. / 7.00 in x 10.00 in / 1990
Cloth (978-0-8165-0977-5) [s]
Related Interest
  - Latina and Latino Studies

From the rich heritage of northern New Mexico comes this tale of a gold mine lost off and on over the centuries. Told in Spanish by one of the mine's indomitable, present-day seekers, and offered in a bilingual edition, the intricate story delights in itself. Yet thoroughly annotated and analyzed by its editors, the legend also becomes a treasure of insights into the tale's cultural context.


A true feast for linguist, folklorist, ethnohistorian, and treasure hunter alike.

—New Mexico Historical Review

The work is well researched, informative, well written and nicely presented, and both the documented performance and its scholarly analysis are readable and interesting.

—Folklore Society Library

This illustrated edition is a welcome contribution to legend study and to the folklore and ethnography of Hispanic northern New Mexico.

—Journal of Linguistic Anthropology

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