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Santa Fe Hispanic Culture: Preserving Identity in a Tourist Town

  Santa Fe Hispanic Culture: Preserving Identity in a Tourist Town
Andrew Leo Lovato, 160 pages, hardcover $24.95. University of New Mexico Press, 2004.

As author Andrew Leo Lovato writes, Santa Fe is not only a "city of ancient traditions" but one of "invented traditions" — in other words, it’s a true tourist town. "It is deeply influenced by its cultural roots," he writes, "while at the same time willing to reshape and commodify its cultural symbols for sale to the highest bidder." A native Santa Fean himself, Lovato looks at the city’s history — and its future.