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The Witch Trials in Abiquiu, NM

February 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


A little-studied witchcraft trial took place at Abiquiu, New Mexico, between 1756 and 1766.  The witchcraft outbreak took place less than a century after the Pueblo Revolt and symbolized a resistance by the Genízaros (hispanicized Indians) of Abiquiu to forced Christianization. The response of the Church and the Spanish government stand in sharp contrast to the pattern set in Salem 150 years earlier.  We will examine the unique history of this tiny New Mexico village, the nature of the accusations made and the response of the Spanish colonial governor and the Church.

Join Rowan for a discussion of this very different trial of the witches of the Spanish Colonial Southwest. She has been involved in the Pagan/Wiccan community in northern New Mexico since 1986. She has been designing rituals and facilitating groups and classes since long before she knew what she was doing. A third degree initiate in the Ladywoods tradition, she has taught Magick and Witchcraft extensively at Ardantane, Merry Meet, Pagan Spirit Gathering (PSG), Magickal Mountian Mabon and Dragonfest.  Rowan currently serves as the Registrar and a contributor to the Ardantane Herald (email newsletter) coordinator for Ardantane, in addition to being the Dean of the School of Magick and Witchcraft.  She holds a BS in Education and an MBA. Her hobbies include but are not limited to old movies, reading, especially biography and history, sewing, and gardening.

The class is free to sustaining members of Ardantane.  Non members must register below.  The cost is $10.

Registration closes on Thursday, February 24 at 5PM Mountain Time.


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Witches of Abquiu
$ 10.00


February 25
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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