A year ago I wrote a commentary arguing that we should memorialize Spanish conquistador Don Juan de Oñate in museums – not with statues, school and road names, and fiestas. “Spanish culture is vital to our area,” I wrote. “Let’s celebrate it, but without glorifying a man who slaughtered Native people.”
I recently visited the 36-foot-tall statue of Oñate in El Paso, Texas that inspired my commentary. I filmed a video to show you the Texas-sized memorial that greets visitors to the Borderlands and talk about the issue again:
And if the video above doesn’t work, you can watch it on YouTube by clicking here.