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Posted: 08/14/14
Curanderismo Collection

In July 2012, the College of Health Sciences and Human Services transferred to the Border Studies Archive curanderismo materials (original source material, including 35mm photographic slides, 16mm moving image film, and cassette and reel-to-reel audio recordings used to create a film, a slide series with an accompanying soundtrack, and a monograph). Curanderismo, or folk healing, involves a trained healer, or curandero(a), who treats a person experiencing physical or spiritual illness. Medical anthropologist Robert Trotter, medical sociologist-anthropologist Juan Antonio Chavira and their assistant researchers produced the curanderismo materials in a project during the late 1970s in South Texas. The project, "Proyecto Comprender" served as a valuable source of information for regional public health and medical professionals who sought to better understand Mexican American concepts of health and illness. We believe that world-wide accessibility to this collection, which has been made possible through digitization funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission through the 2013-2014 TexTreasures Grant Program, will help the public better understand the growing Hispanic population and their health-related traditions. You can access the entire digital collection through UTPA’s library webpage or visit the Border Studies Archive’s Traditional Mexican American Folklore webpage to view excerpts of some of the files.