Curanderos, Place, and Researching the Past

1 Apr

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In Falfurrias, I met open and generous people who shared their stories and history with me, an outsider. They explained what Jaramillo meant to them, their ancestors, and their community. They reminded me that history is not an abstract, theoretical project, even though historians must sometimes invoke theories and abstract concepts to support arguments. History lives and breathes in the people and communities who give it meaning.

So concludes Jennifer Seman. She recounts a bit of her dissertation research on curanderos (faith healers) in South Texas at the Borderlands History site. You can read her entire account here: Doing Research in Local Archives | Borderlands History.

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One Response to “Curanderos, Place, and Researching the Past”

  1. Jennifer Seman April 1, 2014 at 12:33 pm #

    Thanks for re-posting, Doug!

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