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Mora in Mora County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Curanderas — Women Who Heal

 

—New Mexico Historic Women Marker Initiative —

 
<i>Curanderas</i>—Women Who Heal Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 21, 2014
1. Curanderas—Women Who Heal Marker
Inscription. In New Mexico, women blessed with special knowledge of herbs, household remedies, human health and strong faith are trusted to cure real or imaged maladies. Known as Curanderas, these women have been an integral part of the Hispanic fabric in Mora County and in the remote communities around the state. They oversee the well-being of their respective villages where medical doctors and clinics are scarce.
 
Erected by the New Mexico Historic Women Marker Initiative.
 
Location. 35° 58.56′ N, 105° 20.195′ W. Marker is in Mora, New Mexico, in Mora County. Marker is on State Road 518 just north of State Road 434, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mora NM 87732, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. La Cueva National Historic District (approx. 5.4 miles away); La Cueva Mill (approx. 5.4 miles away); Strike Valleys (approx. 12.2 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The New Mexico Historic Women Marker Initiative was founded in 2005 by members of the New Mexico Women’s Forum in a statewide effort to recognize women’s contributions to New Mexico history
<i>Curanderas</i>—Women Who Heal Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 21, 2014
2. Curanderas—Women Who Heal Marker
on the state’s Official Scenic Historic Markers. The Initiative ensures that women’s diverse histories will be remembered and told, and will inspire and provide a guide for future generations. The 2006 Legislature funded the project.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia Entry for Curandera. “The curandero(a) is a traditional Native American healer or shaman found in the United States and in Latin America. ... They are often respected members of the community. Literally translated as ‘healer’ from Spanish. Their powers are considered supernatural, as it is commonly believed that many illnesses are caused by lost malevolent spirits, a lesson from God, or curse. ... There are many different types of curanderos. ‘Yerberos’ are primarily herbalists. ‘Hueseros and Sobaderos’ are bone/muscle therapists who emphasize physical ailments. ‘Parteras’ are midwives. ‘Oracionistas’ work primarily through the power of prayer.” (Submitted on April 27, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Hispanic AmericansNative AmericansScience & Medicine
 
Reverse of the Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 21, 2014
3. Reverse of the Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 27, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 356 times since then and 45 times this year. Last updated on April 27, 2014, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 27, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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