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William Frej Rituals of the Cora: Holy Week in Santa Teresa, Nayarit, Mexico Portfolio

Identifier: PICT-2019-014

Scope and Content

The portfolio contains 16 black and white prints of Holy Week in Santa Teresa, Nayarit, Mexico by American photographer William Frej. The portfolio also includes a colophon, background/contextual essay, and thumbnails with description and context for each photo.


  • 2019


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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Duplication of print and photographic material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for copyright compliance. For more information see the Photographs and Images Research Guide and contact the Pictorial Archivist.


William Frej, born in 1948, is a documentary photographer based in Santa Fe, NM and Merida, Mexico. He has spent decades photographing remote cultures around the world.

The indigenous Cora or Náayerite people, as they call themselves live in the very remote village of Santa Teresa, Nayarit, Mexico. They have largely maintained their isolation from outside influences, since they expelled the Jesuits in 1767. Their nominally Christian Holy Week celebrations incorporate Catholic customs with Cora beliefs, depicting the death and resurrection of Christ in the larger context of a battle between good and evil.


16 items (1 box) : 16 black and white photographic prints ; 17" x 22"


Portfolio of 16 black and white prints, with colophon, essay, and thumbnail page of Holy Week celebrations of the Cora Indians in Santa Teresa, Nayarit, Mexico.

Physical Location

B2. Shelved in Big Box location by Pictorial Number

Processing Information

Collection is unprocessed.
Finding Aid of the William Frej Rituals of the Cora: Holy Week in Santa Teresa, Nayarit, Mexico Portfolio, 2019
B. Silbergleit
© 2022
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • 20220321: Finding aid enhanced from unprocessed to processed status.

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131