Bless Me Ultima,

Dennis Martinez

Print on paper | Grabado en papel
50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in)
Collection of Dr. Raphael Guerra and Sandra Castro-Guerra | Colección de Dr. Raphael Guerra y Sandra Castro-Guerra
Photo courtesy of Jason Murgo | Imagen cortesía de Jason Murgo

Artist’s Statement

This owl etching by Dennis Martinez symbolizes the spirit or soul of Ultima, a curandera (traditional female healer) who is a central figure in Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima. In this coming-of-age story, Ultima is a woman with spiritual and healing knowledge who guides the young boy Antonio Márez y Luna.