Entriega de los Novios

The "Entriega de los Novios" is a traditional ritual song that has been used for over 400 years in Northern New Mexico to officially recognize a marriage in the eyes of the community.  In an area where a Catholic priest may have visited a Hispanic New Mexican village only once a year for the first 300 years after its founding, the Entrega de los Novios gave notice to community members that "this couple is promised to each other, and that their union should be supported" until such time as a visiting priest could make their marriage official in the eyes of the church.  This "Entrega de los Novios" was performed by Cipriano Vigil in Albuquerque New Mexico on November 11, 2015, for the marriage of Noah Martinez and Leah Ferol.  Part of the "Music Buena" exhibit opening October 6th, 2019 at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, NM and running for the next two years.

Directed by
Scott Andrews