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A farewell from La Reina 2017, Mariana Fatima Jimenez-Gonzales

To the community of Taos, On behalf of myself, Mariana Fatima Jimenez-Gonzales, La Reina de Santiago y Santa Ana de Las Fiestas … more

President's welcome

Dear visitors and fellow Taoseños: On behalf of the Taos Fiesta Council and myself, we welcome you to our annual celebration, Las Fiestas de Taos. Our celebration represents the … more

At the nexus

New Mexico is a land of trails. High in the mountains are the game trails of elk and deer. At the middle altitudes are the paths that rabbits take and trails left by turkeys in the mud of riverbanks. … more

If these rocks could talk

When my students and I discuss the possibilities of the birth petroglyph with Matthew Martinez, we inevitably weave a web of stories about traditional birth practices, about imagining how and where women gave birth and how birth begs the question of relationship. more

Chimayó Trading Post

Stepping from the bright Española sunlight into the cool adobe interior of the Chimayó Trading Post is like stepping into a bit of New Mexico history. The trading post — … more

Dichos: guideposts for good character

Most Sundays, when the weather is good, I take a drive with my mother to Chimayó, our querencia (home ground), the place of origin for so much of who we are. In our conversation as we travel, … more

Ancient and modern churches reflect enduring faith

No public spaces in Northern New Mexico are more reflective of local customs, the skills of homegrown artisans and particular traditions than are churches. In our ongoing look at various means and … more

Names of the northern realm

When my inquisitive ancestors asked the Pueblo people about the geography of Taos, responses in the Tiwa and Tewa languages described a high country, or la sierra as we say it in New Mexico’s … more

Anita Rodríquez bears down on local life

“If I were to go outside and stuff the dirt from this place in my mouth, it would be sweet,” says Anita Otilla Rodríguez. The enjarradora (master mud plasterer), author, painter … more

Acequias: lifeblood of the rural north

Ask any Northern New Mexico parciante — an owner of a derecho (water right) that allows them to divert water onto their land through a compuerta (headgate) from an acequia (ditch) — if … more
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