Killing Tradition: Matanzas in New Mexico.
Last winter the U.S. Department of Agriculture cited health concerns when it threatened to cancel a fundraising event billed as the world's largest matanza (Spanish for slaughter or killing). The annual event, which takes place in rural Valencia County New Mexico, has roots that can be traced all the way back to 500 B.C. Spain and centers around the slaughter and eating of a locally raised animal. In the days before electricity came it was a way for communities throughout the region to ensure everyone had fresh meat during the harsh winter months. Today it endures as a celebratory time for friends and neighbors to reconnect over a day of feast...The public outcry was overwhelming as news of the cancelation hit. As a result, the USDA backed off and the event was rescheduled. In the aftermath, one thing was clear: New Mexicans love their matanzas and will not give them up without a fight. Killing Tradition: Matanzas in New Mexico is an ongoing personal project and visual exploration of the cultural significance of the tradition and its place in contemporary society.The matanza is significant because it's a link that connects current and future generations with their ancestors..Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download