The artifacts in this collection were used by the Matachines Dance Group led by Jose Lucrecio Baca. They were donated by his daughter. Mr. Baca, of Hispanic descent, learned Matachines dances in Taos, NM, where he grew up. He moved to Pueblo, CO in the 1940s and continued the dances. In the 1990s, Mr. Baca was awarded a grant by the Colorado Council on the Arts to travel throughout Colorado to revitalize the Matachines Dances.