Bless Me Ultima Art Dolls
These "Bless Me Ultima" dolls were originally created for "Casa de Ultima" in Santa Rosa, New Mexico. "Bless Me, Ultima," was written by Rudolfo Anaya, a native of Santa Rosa. It is my favorite novel, mostly because it is somewhat autobiographical, even though it was set in a time just after WWII. It took place in my parent's home town. It's about a boy named Antonio Márez y Luna and his mentorship of Ultima, his curandera and protector. The story examines the dramatic cultural changes that have taken place both in my parent's generation and mine. It has become the most widely read and critically acclaimed novel in the Chicano literary canon since it was published in 1972, the year I lived with my grandma in Puerto de Luna, NM. "Bless Me Ultima" was made into a movie in 2013. In 2015 President Obama awarded Anaya a National Humanities Medal. Rudolfo Anaya passed away on June 28, 2020 at the age of 82.