December 2017

Getting a Grip on Christmas


Alejandro López


As a time that is normally too busy to even think straight, the Christmas season, with its myriad demands, brings an added challenge to my life—one I would rather not face until Christmas Eve, if I had my druthers. However, denying the eventual arrival of the 25th of December only creates additional stresses that could have been prevented by taking the time, months before, to reflect on what this mid-winter holiday is all about, and what one is willing and not willing to do in the face of so many deeply ingrained religious, social, cultural and economic pressures.


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Envy, the Devil and Our Lady of Remedies


Article and Paintings by Anita Rodríguez


I remember the whisper of snow pelting the antique glass in my grandmother’s deep windows while struggling to stay awake and hear the end of the story. The blizzard whipped and whistled outside, but embraced by thick adobe walls we cousins snuggled like a litter of puppies under layers of Chimayó blankets. The fire chuckled, throwing warm flickers of light on the latilla ceiling. I fell asleep and dreamed of La Tuerta’s one eye bobbing and dipping just above the horizon. She grew bony hands and, like a giant puppeteer, made people dance on her strings. More >

Prophecy of the Seventh Fire: The Time Is Now


Ann Filemyr


In 1979, I met a charismatic storyteller, a wise old woman, an Anishinaabe (Ojibwe or Chippewa) mashkikikwe (herbal medicine woman) named Keewaydinoquay, Woman of the Northwest Wind. She took a look at me, a bright-eyed, precocious white girl seeking a way to live that did not perpetuate the violence of civilization, and she tucked me under her wing. I was 20, eager and willing to change my life, for I was seeking a new story. I refused to exchange my joy for a corporate paycheck like my father did. The passivity required to consume life as a mere spectator bored me More >

POEM: This Woman


This Spring

When fragrant mud seeps through half frozen crusts of the

Eagle Nesting Moon

You hear her awakening yawn as she stretches

Out to the sunbeams of

This Summer

Dressed from toe to head in delicate streams of rain showers,

Rainbows and dew dusted pollens of evergreens

Now wreathed in the Moon of Big Leaves

She turns, as sunset glints of white in her hair,

Her voice strong like rumbling thunder

She spreads forth the abundance of harvest and lies down

To embrace

This Autumn

Murmuring deep sighs, rolling, caressing, entwined

Licking moisture found in faint winded streaks of traveling clouds

She is the Moon of Back to Back Connecting Winds

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Reflections on Historias

Historias de Nuevo México/Histories of New Mexico Conference


Patricia Marina Trujillo


The Historias de Nuevo México/Histories of New Mexico conference convened on the campus of Northern New Mexico College in Española, and at the Northern Río Grande National Heritage Center, Alcade, on Oct. 12-14, 2017. The theme, “Querencia Interrupted: Native American and Hispano Experiences of the Manhattan Project,” provided a framework for Manhattan-era workers, their families, community members and academics to talk about the historical impact of the nuclear project on the region, on ending World War II, environmental and health implications, and the project’s continued presence in the world. During the More >

Learning from the Land: Agricultural Continuation and Innovation in Taos


Article and Photos by Miguel Santistevan


Seniors from a Washington D.C. Waldorf high school learn about acequias and plant corn at a Sol Feliz Farm workshop sponsored by the nonprofit Agriculture, Implementation, Research & Education (AIRE).



Taos has always been on the edge and a land of extremes. From hot dry summers to intense winters, people have had to adapt and learn by trial and error how to survive with limited resources and unpredictable weather. The present situation is no different except that we are able to experience some security with the availability of electricity and gas, food from grocery stores, and More >

New Mexico Acequia Association 2017 Photo Contest Winners


 Photo by Thomas Hamm

Mayordomo Noah Trujillo (center, bottom of shaft) repairing the head gate at San Gregorio reservoir, which had broken off deep inside the dam. The shaft descends about 15 feet. The gate was stuck partially open due to debris. Like a bathtub with its plug pulled, the lake had drained to the level of the gate, allowing Trujillo to get to it. This is an example of one of the challenges acequias face with aging infrastructure. The reservoir is at an elevation of 9,300 feet. It is about a mile within the San Pedro Parks Wilderness Area, where More >

Making the Cibolero Shirt


Juanita J. Lavadie


We want an exhibit about traditional cloth from the New Mexico Río Grande Valley Hispanic tradition.” Looking at the faces of the board members, my thoughts flowed through years of weaving, oral history research, published manuscripts and conversations that brought me to discuss an exhibit that was shown in the historic Gutiérrez-Hubbell House, a cultural center in the South Valley of Albuquerque.


Drawing on my broad family roots, I have been mentored by generations of educators. Since childhood I heard stories of my maternal grandfather and his sisters, my tías, as they taught in Taos and throughout northern More >

EVERYDAY GREEN / Child Hunger in New Mexico


Susan Guyette


The unthinkable or reality? Both. New Mexico has the second- highest rate of child hunger of any state in the country, with one in four suffering from persistent hunger. According to a comprehensive national study (, 332,610 (one in six) people are struggling with hunger in New Mexico—and 124,980 of them are children. In Taos, Torrance and Guadalupe counties, more than 30 percent of children don’t have enough food on the table. The better news: there is much you can do.


The family context of child hunger is essential to understand. Hunger does not only affect the homeless. Of the More >

2017 Santa Fe Mayor’s Sustainability Award Winners

Leaders in Sustainability Recognized


The City of Santa Fe and the Sustainable Santa Fe Commission presented the winners of the Sustainability Awards on Nov. 9. Five first-place winners, and four runners-up were recognized for their work contributing to sustainability principles and practices in the community at the annual ceremony at La Fonda Hotel.


The winners and runners-up by category are:


Environmental Resilience

WINNER: Santa Fe Conservation Trust, for effectively harnessing nature as an ally through it’s conservation easement program. The program aims to enhance the natural environment and make it more resilient to climate change and increase the sequestration of carbon.


RUNNER-UP: Santa Fe Watershed More >

Newsbites – December 2017


Sandoval County Oil & Gas Ordinance

Sandoval County commissioners heard hours of public testimony last month on a contentious proposal that would set parameters for energy development on 4,000 square miles of unincorporated lands bordering New Mexico’s largest metropolitan area and many Native American communities. Many residents expressed concerns that the proposed ordinance would fast-track more oil and gas development, threatening groundwater and agriculture, and bringing other negative impacts.


The All Indian Pueblo Council approved a resolution in opposition to the ordinance. Tribal leaders testified that they had not been consulted. Sandia Pueblo Lt. Gov. Lawrence Gutierrez said his tribe is More >

What’s Going On? – Albuquerque – December 2017


Dec. 3, 10 am–5 pm

Free Entry – NM Museum of Natural History

1801 Mountain Rd. NW

On the first Sunday of every month, admission is free to NM residents with I.D. 505.841.2800


Dec. 4–14, 9 am–4:45 pm

Land Arts of the American West

John Somers Gallery, Art Building, Rm. 202, UNM

Opening reception for the 2017 exhibition: 12/8, 5–8 pm.,


Dec. 7, 6–9 pm

Treehugger Bash

The Grove Café, 600 Central

11th annual fundraiser for WildEarth Guardians. Food, silent auction, entertainment. Learn about WEG’s efforts to protect the Gila bioregion, restoration of streams on the Valles Caldera, biodiversity and local monuments. $35. RSVP requested. 505.440.7158,


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What’s Going On? – Santa Fe – December 2017


Dec. 1–31

Beyond Boundaries: Nature’s Ancient Art

Night Sky Gallery, 826 Canyon Rd.

Fine art photography show by J. Madison Rink and nine members of last graduating class of the SF University of Art and Design. 10% of sales benefit SF Conservation Trust. Daily—except Mondays—11 am–6 pm. 12/13, 5 pm: free gallery talk, 5:30–8:30 pm: reception for student show producers. https//


Dec. 4, 4–6 pm

12 Authors Signing

Collected Works Books, 202 Galisteo St.

Hampton Sides, James McGrath Morris, David Morrell, Lynn Cline, Deborah Madison, William DeBuys, Priscilla Stucky, Jann Arrington Wolcott, Rob Wilder, Gene Peach, Dan Flores and Ricardo Cate. 505.988.4226


Dec. 4, 6 pm

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What’s Going On? – Taos – December 2017


Dec. 7, 9 am–12 pm

Acequia Pathways to Funding

Juan I. Gonzales Agricultural Center

202 Chamisa Rd.

Workshop offers an opportunity to learn about funding opportunities for acequia infrastructure projects and state financial compliance requirements. Co-sponsored by the Taos Valley Acequia Association and TSWCD. 505.995.9644,


Through Feb. 18, 2008

Corn: Sacred Giver of Life

Millicent Rogers Museum

1504 Millicent Rogers Rd.

Images of corn in Native American textiles, pottery, paintings, baskets and jewelry. 575.758.2462,


Third Tues. Monthly, 5:30–8 pm

Taos Entrepreneurial Network


Networking, presentations, discussion and professional services. Free. 505.776.7903,


Open Daily

La Hacienda de los Martínez

708 Hacienda Way

Northern NM-style Spanish colonial “great house” built in 1804 by Severino Martínez. More >

What’s Going On? – Here & There – December 2017


Dec. 6, 8:30 am–4 pm

Innovative Farming Conference

Belen Business Center, 715 S. Main St., Belen, NM

Discover methods for improving your soil. RSVP: 505.864.8914,,


Dec. 2–10

Winter Festival of the Arts

Moving Arts Española

Student Performance Showcase. 12/2, 4–6 pm, 12/3, 2–4 pm: Level 1 performances; 12/8, 5–7 pm, 12/10, 2–4 pm: Level 2 performances. Tickets: $6. 505.577.6629,,


Dec. 9, 11 am–2 pm

Holiday Arts & Crafts Sale

Cochiti Lake Firehouse, 6514 Hootchaneetsa Blvd., Cochiti Lake

Local artists’ works in a variety of media. Bake sale. Children can create holiday crafts. Free.


Dec. 13, 8:30 am–4:30 pm

NM Sustainable Agriculture Conference

UNM-Valencia Campus, 280 La Entrada Rd.

Los Lunas, NM

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