Today, on Indigenous People's Day, I express my condolences to the family of my dear, departed friend and colleague, Dr. Bernardo Gallegos, an outstanding scholar whose work, I feel, has never gotten the attention it deserves. He passed away peacefully last week in his home.
I encourage you to read his work that addresses Indigeneity and education, including his autobiographical writings from his experiences growing up in New Mexico as a Genizaro.
Dr. Gallegos spoke to my class a couple of years ago on his powerful autobiography that had just gotten published at the time, Postcolonial Indigenous Performances: Coyote Musings on Genízaros, Hybridity, Education, and Slavery (2017).
Thank you for your friendship and for being an inspiration to so many, myself included, through your outstanding contributions to scholarship. Thank you for sharing and theorizing of your numerous life stories that always seemed to track back to your youth and the fountain of insights related to having grown up as a Genizaro, nourishing your powerful intellect and generous heart and spirit.
A number of his other publications appear below.
May you rest in peace, my friend. What a difference you made and will continue to make in the world.