September 2012

2012 NRGNHA Grant Recipients


1. Española Valley High SchoolCultural Heritage Videos

This project encourages students to develop their knowledge of their Hispanic and Native American cultures and to share this with their community, the region and the nation via a series of videos produced by the school’s TV production class. Each video features youth who are actively involved in some aspect of the cultures of northern NM. The projects are planned with a mentor who is an expert in the aspect of culture they are filming. The students edit their projects with an instructor to gain skills in state-of-the-art digital video editing. This project has been ongoing since 1992. The students have produced approximately six Cultural Heritage Videos each year since then.


2. Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos—Folk Life Festival

Art has always played a strong role in the cultures of northern NM. Art education here is steeped in cultural education and history. It is sometimes one of the few ways children have an opportunity to learn about aspects of their cultural traditions. This project is one of the museum’s Community Day Events—the Folk Life Festival, which is held in May. The museum is set up with demonstration areas and tables for hands-on, culturally relevant arts and crafts projects. There are performances of traditional Hispanic, Native American and other music and dance. Children and their families who do not normally come to the museum are exposed to its collections and to other members of the community. They can also create an art project to take home.


3. La Sala de San José, Galisteo—Historic Building Preservation

This project is designed to increase the utilization of a historic community building through safety and historic preservation enhancements. La Sala is listed as a contributing property on the State Historic Register and is in the process of being nominated for inclusion on the National Register. The NM Heritage Preservation Alliance selected the building as one of the Most Endangered Places for 2010-2011, and it is included on the Alliance website. This project continues the renovation begun in prior years.


4. Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project

To accomplish its mandate to protect and preserve the petroglyphs and other archaeological features on Mesa Prieta, this project conducts several educational initiatives that focus on heritage preservation and stewardship. Public and private tours of the Wells Petroglyph Preserve are offered, archaeological features are recorded, and the data is preserved in a complex multi-layer Geographical Information System database and on remote hard drives. This project also includes implementing the NM Heritage Preservation Division’s Site Watch Program.


5. Site Steward Foundation—Traditional Pottery-Making DVDs

Fifty copies of an educational DVD on traditional pottery making in northern NM are being professionally produced. This DVD describes and illustrates pottery-making steps from the beginning of clay gathering in the natural environment, methods of preparing the clays and slips, methods of creating utilitarian and artistic pottery vessels—through the end process of firing techniques. The DVD will be distributed to various schools and libraries throughout the NRGNHA area.


6. Española Farmers’ Market—Land-based Traditional Practices

The Espanola Farmers’ Market is open every Monday from 10 am-5 pm, mid-June through October. There is also a Friday afternoon market from 2-7 pm during the height of the harvest. Farmers come from Santa Cruz, Chimayó, Peñasco, Nambé, Abiquiu, Velarde, Chile, Tierra Azul, Chamita, Cuyamungue, Lyden, La Puebla, Taos, Kewa, Hernandez and other communities to sell their fresh produce, including a wide variety of heirloom and traditional vegetables, fruits and herbs.


The market’s Wildflower Garden Area has 11 flowerbeds cultivated by community volunteers. The market honors and nurtures a variety of land-based traditional practices with “Market Mondays: Cooking Up Traditions.” This features demonstrations related to cooking in the horno and working with wild food and dye plants. The project culminates in a potluck feast on the last market day in October, with bread, chicos, pies, squash and other foods, utilizing the NNMC Commercial Kitchen for food preparation and the horno for baking. Students learn about how to use a traditional oven and how to identify and prepare traditional food. Customers get to see the horno used and sample the foods.


7. Acequia Agua Fria

Agua Fria Village near Santa Fe was settled in 1693, but not much is documented about the founding families and the agricultural lifestyle that sustained them. This project is creating an inventory of water-rights documents to document acequia management techniques employed over the last 400 years. A final project report will address how these practices apply to today’s fields, to assist present day agricultural revitalization projects and drainage issues.




1. Historic Pinto Bean Museum (Edgewood)—Enclosure for historic bean-processing machinery and interpretive signs


2. Santa Clara Pueblo—Tewa language project.


3. San Ildefonso Pueblo: Revitalizing Agricultural Traditions—Purchase of hoop house and other farming equipment, return of fallow land to production, involvement of Pueblo families in planting, harvesting, using and selling agricultural products


4. Cornerstones Community Partners—Workshops on adobe making and restoration of the 1610-1710 National Historic Landmark District, which includes the San Miguel Mission Church in Santa Fe


5. Site Steward Foundation—“Linking the Past to the Present” interpretive brochure addressing the continuing importance of historic and archaeological resources in the National Heritage Area


6. Arts Works—Sustaining heritage through education by the Partners in Education Foundation for the Santa Fe Public Schools, including traditional music, art and poetry enrichment for elementary school students


7. La Sala—Rehabilitation of steps and railing at “La Sala,” a National Register-eligible building in Galisteo





1. Plaza de Española Visitor Center—A new sign for the Northern New Mexico Regional Art Center


2. Española Farmers MarketHorno construction for use by local farmers for baking bread and to process foods, including chicos


3. Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Recording Project—Educational partnership with Ohkay Owingeh youth, descendants of Spanish colonists and private landowners to photograph, draw and map rock imagery originating from many cultures over thousands of years


4. Land Water People Time—Documentary film featuring NRGNHA people, places and the cultural ties that bind them together




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