Photo Research - 1920s  New Mexico

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                    Matilde and Severo

Matilde, one of four sisters, lives in an isolated northern New Mexican village established in the "age of the Conquistadors."  Generations of brides and grooms married according to long established courtships, ceremonies and music. However with the advent of statehood in 1912 and the end of World War I, cracks are beginning to undermine the established norms.

 

It was the parents prerogative to arrange for suitable marriage partners for their dutiful daughters. Yet Matilde, only 15,  is infatuated with an impetuous  young man,  not the older, WWI veteran almost twice her age. And she doesn't like his mustache!    

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Violinist

Master of ceremony of the wedding ceremony.