New Mexico's first Franciscan priest, Fray Ang lico Ch vez (1910-1996) is known as a prolific historian, a literary and artistic figure, and an intellectual who played a vital role in Santa Fe's community of writers. The original essays collected here explore his wide-ranging cultural production: fiction, poetry, architectural restoration, journalism, genealogy, translation, and painting and drawing. Several essays discuss his approach to history, his archival research, and the way in which he re-centers ethnic identity in the prevalent Anglo-American master historical narrative. Others examine how he used fiction to bring history alive and combined visual and verbal elements to enhance his narratives. Two essays explore Ch vez's profession as a friar. The collection ends with recollections by Thomas E. Ch vez, historian and Fray Ang lico's nephew.
Readers familar with Ch vez's work as well as those learning about it for the first time will find much that surprises and informs in these essays.
"A wonderful tribute to a great man."--Rudolfo Anaya
"UNM Press is to be congratulated on the publication of this long-awaited work on Fray Ch vez. His fiction, his poetics, and his art work are fully detailed by a select group of both young and seasoned scholars."--Rolando Hinojosa-Smith
A rose for Fray Ang elico Ch avez / Ellen McCracken -- Fray Ang elico Ch avez, the making of a maverick historian / Marc Simmons -- Fray Ang elico Ch avez, religiosity and New Mexican oppositional historical narrative / Mario T. Garc ia -- La conquistadora as history and fictitious autobiography / Luis Leal -- Wonders and truths: the short stories of Fray Ang elico Ch avez / Thomas J. Steele -- Iconicity and narrative in the work of Fray Ang elico Ch avez / Ellen McCracken -- Painting the word/wording the painting: allegory and intertextuality in The Virgin of Port Lligat by Fray Ang elico Ch avez / Manuel Mart in-Rodr iguez -- Recovering the noble Spanish soul / Clark Colahan -- Fray Ang elico Ch avez, the roots of Franciscan priesthood / Jack Clark Robinson -- The Saint Francis of Fray Ang elico Ch avez / Murray Bodo -- Memories of Fray Ang elico Ch avez / Thomas E. Ch avez.