Unearthing the Sacred
Padre Luís Jaramillo was a Catholic Diocesan priest who, for over years 60, served numerous communities and was pastor to the Chicano movement in New Mexico as it converged between southern California and Texas. Committed to Chicano self-determination and social justice, Jaramillo was a member of the Black Berets and a founding member of La Academia de La Nueva Raza (1968-1978), a group of scholars, community members, and activists who developed an educational model that responded to the needs of Chicana/o communities through Chicana/o-centered historiography and lived experience. This essay introduces Jaramillo's newly accessioned archive to elucidate how, in the 1970s, he enacted the principles and pedagogy of La Academia through a form of resolana with his parishioners at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Taos, NM, an important place of sanctuary. The digitization of Jaramillo's underscores the significance of recording Indo-Hispano practices of shaping collective memory and knowledge production through lived experience.