For the first time in its history, Mythcon will be held in New Mexico, whose state motto, fittingly, is "The Land of Enchantment." New Mexico is a state full of rich cultural traditions and fascinating mythologies. From Native American mythic figures such as Kokopelli and Spider Woman, to Hispanic folktales about La Llorona and El Cucui, as well as to conspiracy stories about Roswell aliens and Chupacabra, our desert landscapes are populated with an astoundingly fertile array of fantastical creatures and supernatural beings. The mythologies, folklore, and oral legends of New Mexico provide living traditions that inspire us to contemplate and honor the diversity of spiritual, moral, and creative transformations that are so central to the concept of mythopoesis. Our conference committee hopes you will have the chance to explore some of these traditions for yourself through several papers or presentations by regional participants as well as our Saturday evening plenary talk by eminent anthropologist and folklore scholar, Marta Weigle.
The Mythopoeic Society, "Mythcon 42 - Monsters, Marvels, and Minstrels: The Rise of Modern Medievalism" (2011). Mythcon Programs. 46.