Event designed to foster 'healing and reconciliation'

Included is an art exhibit featuring works by Taos artist Anita Rodríguez

By Rick Romancito
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 10/2/19

After the recent performance by a group called La Pocha Nostra -- one small part of The Paseo art expo Sept. 13-14 -- a groundswell of reactions by many people, some of whom never …

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Event designed to foster 'healing and reconciliation'

Included is an art exhibit featuring works by Taos artist Anita Rodríguez

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After the recent performance by a group called La Pocha Nostra -- one small part of The Paseo art expo Sept. 13-14 -- a groundswell of reactions by many people, some of whom never saw the show themselves and responded due to online videos, photos and comments, reveals the depth to what is hoped to be accomplished by a "Healing and Reconciliation Fair" planned this week in Taos.

The second annual fair began out of long conversations between people from the town of Taos and Taos Pueblo, according to Anita Rodríguez, one of the organizers. The talks centered on "some of the historical wounds that have gone down here. And that reverberate today through the population," she said. "We've never needed to unite more than we do now."

So, today (Oct. 5) a free "healing" event is planned by the Healing and Reconciliation Institute. Visit healingreconciliationinstitute.com for details.

"The second Annual Healing and Reconciliation Institute Health Fair ended last week, but the need for healing and reconciliation goes on. Taos is a poster child of historical trauma, and the theme of trauma is resonating throughout our collective," Rodríguez said.

This show will hang for three weeks, and every Friday in October Vagrant Heart will host an event. The art and the events are explorations of the themes of healing and reconciliation. A percentage of proceeds will be donated to the Healing and Reconciliation Institute, an all-volunteer nonprofit of which the artist is one of the co-founders. This will go directly to guest healers for working with Native and Legacy Taoseños.

"I have a beautiful altar with a lace and flocked velvet canopy - and we can set it up and encourage people to leave the names and photographs of their dijuntos all month," Rodríguez said. "And we can post pointed messages and pin them to the curtains that emphasize our theme - which is to heal Taos' wounds."

On Wednesday (Oct. 11) the event opens with the theme of La Llorona. "We will present the book 'La Llorona,' edited by Judith Shaw Beatty, who will attend, and illustrated by myself. I will read from the book and then talk about the need for healing and the traumatized mothers at the border. The eight original drawings for the illustrations of the book, plus three small paintings of La Llorona will be for sale, [along with] my book 'Coyota in the Kitchen.'"

On Oct. 18, a panel of community leaders from Taos Pueblo, the Chicano movement and Legacy Hispanic community will convene. "These are the big guns, icons," she said. "I will be moderator and will ask them to talk about healing and reconciliation in our community of Taos … We all want to come together and heal Taos' wounds."

Vagrant Heart Taos is located at 216 Paseo del Cañon East, Taos. Contact vagranthearttaos@gmail.com.

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