La bomba

In 1987, the “La Bamba” (as recorded by Los Lobos) become the first Spanish-language song to rank #1 on United States music charts. Prior to this in 1959, Ritchie Valens’ version reached #22. Continue Reading

El Palo Volador

Published Translation. Sixteenth-century Franciscan mendicant friar Juan de Torquemada describes the Indian practice of erecting a “flying mast” at major festivals and the missionary attempts to end its practice. (Copy of the published English translation of “Del palo volador de que usaban estos indios en sus fiestas principales.”)Continue Reading