Isabelle Sandoval's Guardians of Hidden Traditions brings an important, but little-known aspect of Spanish-American history to light and to vibrant life through an exciting story and engaging and colorful characters. The story is epic in scope, yet highly personal as it documents the continuity of faith and fear in twenty-five generations of a family of hidden Jews in Spain and the New World. This is a book that is sure to inform, to entrance, and to move both adult and young adult readers.

--Dr. Craig Castleman, Educator, Santa Fe


See also Isabelle Medina Sandoval's

Hidden Shabbat
The Secret Lives of Crypto-Jews




Guardians of Hidden Traditions

Isabelle Medina Sandoval


Guardians of Hidden Traditions is a historical novel narrating the experiences of generation after generation of crypto-Jews, beginning in Spain in the late 1300's and ending in New Mexico in the early 1800's. It tells the stories of mothers, daughters, and their families as they hide from the Inquisition and migrate to new lands seeking freedom and peace. Isabelle Medina-Sandoval draws from stories and research about her own family to create this novel. The story is built around a real core of events, and she includes historically rich details about the lifestyles of the various time periods.

Guardians of Hidden Traditions is a fascinating and moving story of a people that held on to deep traditions and culture through tremendous trials and tribulation. Dr. Medina Sandoval has woven into this work the beautiful story of our ancestors. The work provides a deep sense of belonging for a group that survived in the hearts and minds of individuals with deep faith in something omnipotent. This work is something that we as a people need to pass on to our young people in our educational systems. The culture and traditions portrayed in this work are really part of our Land of Enchantment. The Rosa de Castilla and the many traditions are part of New Mexico and its people.

--Dr. John Mondragon, Professor, University of New Mexico

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ISBN: 9780982065785. Paper. $18.95 220 pages

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