Item #11394 Manuscript Cookbook Kept by a Domestic Science Student at the Santa Fe Indian School in New Mexico
Manuscript Cookbook Kept by a Domestic Science Student at the Santa Fe Indian School in New Mexico
Manuscript Cookbook Kept by a Domestic Science Student at the Santa Fe Indian School in New Mexico
Manuscript Cookbook Kept by a Domestic Science Student at the Santa Fe Indian School in New Mexico
Manuscript Cookbook Kept by a Domestic Science Student at the Santa Fe Indian School in New Mexico
Manuscript Cookbook Kept by a Domestic Science Student at the Santa Fe Indian School in New Mexico
Manuscript Cookbook Kept by a Domestic Science Student at the Santa Fe Indian School in New Mexico
Manuscript Cookbook Kept by a Domestic Science Student at the Santa Fe Indian School in New Mexico
Manuscript Cookbook Kept by a Domestic Science Student at the Santa Fe Indian School in New Mexico

Manuscript Cookbook Kept by a Domestic Science Student at the Santa Fe Indian School in New Mexico

Santa Fe, New Mexico: 1910. Journal binding measuring 7.5 x 5", containing lined paper, of which 82 pages are filled in ink manuscript with recipes, several dated in April, 1910, and/or headed "Domestic Science" or "Domestic Science Cookery". Inscribed on rear cover verso "Genevieve Leyba Santa Fe N.M. Indian School." A manuscript cookbook kept by a young woman at the Santa Fe Indian School in New Mexico. According to the 1910 census, the compiler, Genevieve (or Genoveva) Leyba, was born in 1891, and grew up in El Rito, Mora County, New Mexico, together with her siblings and parents Juan and Efimenia, whose native tongue was Spanish. Her occupation, as well as that of her sister, Agafata Leyba, is listed as "Government School."

Domestic science, together with manual and industrial training, was an important part of education at Native American Boarding Schools. This cookbook provides a rare glimpse into the recipes taught at the school, largely basic recipes used in white households, likely in an attempt to assimilate the children into mainstream culture. These include Boston brown bread, corn bread, hamburg steak, one egg muffins, crust of pie, apple pie, pumpkin pie, etc, as well as a recipe for Spanish rice calling for green chili peppers. The first half of the cookbook is dated and headed from class at the Indian School, while the second half (40 pages) lacks dates and headings, other than one recipe dated April, 1959. It is possible that these recipes are from later in life, or perhaps Genevieve simply stopped dating the recipes she took down in class, or some combination of the two. This section includes recipes for Spanish cake, Mexican chili con carne, and arena de panocha. Pasted in towards the end of the book are two mimeographed pages printing a patriotic Mexican American poem, titled "America;" the poem appears to be printed on the pack of a printed form dated 1933. Overall in fair condition with front cover lacking, tape over spine and to several other leaves, chip to lower corner of first leaf, creasing to first few pages, some smudging and/or damp staining to pages. Item #11394

Price: $8,500.00

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