November 2017

OP-ED: Estevan Rael-Gálvez, Ph.D. / Raising Consciousness and Imagining Reconciliation


While the annual Santa Fe Fiesta has now passed, the dust it always raises never fully settles. As I witnessed the growing voices that gathered in protest over the past few years, particularly around the ritual of the entrada that depicts a very particular version of the late 17th-century “reconquest” of the region by Spanish authorities, following the 1680 Pueblo Revolt, I recognized both the challenge and opportunity before us.


Contextualizing Contemporary Fiesta

To understand the significance of the controversies associated with Fiesta, it is necessary to look closely at how the historical narrative of the Santa Fe Fiesta has developed over More >

Tewa Women United’s 21st Gathering for Mother Earth Waters –and an Update on the Española Healing Foods Oasis


Beata Tsosie-Peña


Reawakening and growing within the fertile Río Grande Valley is a consciousness that is spreading like the seeds and land we continue to care for. The spiritual, physical and mindful connection that northern New Mexico communities nurture in relationship to plants, soil, air, water and each other is one that can ensure a return to our continued, sustainable existence in this place. Diversity is one of our greatest strengths when it is recognized that we all hold a responsibility to the Native and land-based peoples to live here in respect, honor, support and solidarity for the roles we share More >

A New Mural on the Española Valley Fiber Arts Center – The Artist: Nani Chacón


Ana Malinalli X Gutiérrez Sisneros


I met Nani Chacón in 2014, when she was the official artist for the national Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social conference, hosted by Northern New Mexico College in El Rito, Nuevo México. In  2015, I noticed a dramatic mural of Doña Maclovia Zamora she had painted on a drugstore wall in the Barelas neighborhood of Albuquerque. In the summer of 2017, I saw a woman painting on an exterior wall of the Española Valley Fiber Arts Center (EVFAC) in Española’s Mainstreet neighborhood. It was Chacón, the Navajo-Xicana artist from New Mexico.


The River Flows Through More >

Española Lowrider Museum in the Works


Don J. Usner


A palpable buzz about lowrider cars and culture has been stirring ever since the New Mexico History Museum and New Mexico Museum of Art mounted twin exhibits on lowrider cars and culture in the summer of 2016. These shows and the “Lowrider Summer” events that the City of Santa Fe sponsored—including a spectacular car show on the Santa Fe Plaza that drew 130 cars and thousands of people—rekindled a passion for these cars that had been simmering for a long time.


Further celebrating the importance of lowriders to the history and culture of New Mexico, the Museum of More >

Eran en los Días de los Héroes


Levi Romero


The lowrider has always been a representation of individual expression and identity, with connotations of a rebellious and non-conforming nature. The vato loco archetype became the model for the lowrider, and it was that paragon of social deviance that formed the alluring quality that sometimes attracted a young Chicano feeling the need to affirm his individuality and social status. In my contemplations regarding the lowrider lifestyle, as I have witnessed it and lived it, as I have loved it and have attempted to outgrow my attraction to it, with no success—I have come to recognize that the lowrider bore not More >

Moving Arts Española – Healthy Meals Program

Free Farm-to-Table Meals for Kids and Their Families


Young actor and circus artist Shanti Khalsa loves the Moving Arts Española Healthy Meals Program. “Laura’s food is so good. It makes me happy and it helps me focus,” she said. Shanti is one of approximately 150 children who receive farm-to-table, vegetarian after-school meals prepaared by chef Laura Cox at the facility north of Española, New Mexico on the Pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh.


Healthy meals are an integral part of Moving Arts Española’s after-school care program, which also features free academic tutorial support and affordable, high-quality instruction in circus arts, dance, drama, fashion design, More >

BOOK REVIEW: The Working Life of an Hispano Patriarch

A Rare and Unusual Account by Apolonio Martínez y Ortiz, 1890–1976


Alejandro López


The book, The Working Life of an Hispano Patriarch, 1890–1976, by Apolonio Martínez y Ortiz, is a rare glimpse into the life of a courageous human being who, in his long life, confronted every manner of calamity and personal challenge without flinching. Quite the opposite, this native rural New Mexican from Chimayó transcended his difficulties with grace and aplomb. Not only did he manage to create a beautiful life for himself and for his family; he eventually became a revered community member and celebrated artist, as well as a successful More >

The Sun Shines in Denver

The American Solar Energy Society’s 46th Annual National Conference and the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon


Mark Chalom


On October 2017, two important, exciting events—the American Solar Energy Society’s annual conference and the Department of the Energy’s Solar Decathlon—were held at the same time in Denver, Colorado.


The ASES conference has been held annually since 1954. This year’s theme was Building a 100% Renewable Energy Community. It was fascinating listening to technical papers with an interdisciplinary and multi-directional approach. The DOE’s Solar Decathlon is a competition amongst colleges from around the country and two European schools. The goal is to explore More >

New Mexico Ranks in the Bottom Third Nationally in Energy Efficiency


Tammy Fiebelkorn


 For the second year in a row, New Mexico ranked 35th in energy efficiency and its inherent benefits. The state scored lower than the national average and well below other states in the region. The score should concern New Mexicans and state officials because better energy-efficiency policies would help the Land of Enchantment prepare for challenges related to fluctuating energy costs and climate change, such as wildfires, storms and droughts. It is also a critical tool for withstanding and recovering from economic shocks.


As more states struggle with extreme weather events, the 2017 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard ( gives state-level More >

Árboles (The Cottonwoods)

Poem and Photo by Sylvia Ernestina Vergara

 Sylvia Ernestina Vergara is an author, composer, choreographer and Embudo Valley farmer.



Driving along the Río Grande, 

I see a procession of cottonwood trees


A procession of many thousands of 

sun-browned nymphs caught in a trance—

Turantilla dance sweeping along the Río Grande

as if this flowing river were a spring bride

wandering with her woodland handmaids

down a winding aisle of a high desert canyon—


Árboles, arbolando—

movimiento parado—

movimiento revuelto en las raíces—

Pies destendido abajo la tierra, 

perdido en un mundo duro—a veces

suelto en ríos más abajo—

en ríos revueltos en sueños—

Escondido en la sombra de descanso

los brazos de los árboles duermen.


They are still, 

Yet the More >

Newsbites – November 2017


Moving New Mexico Forward on Clean Energy

 Under a proposal from New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, utilities in the state could have more impetus to move to renewable energy (RE). Under the proposed clean-energy standard, they would have to cut CO2 emissions by 4 percent through 2040, which, supporters say, would protect ratepayers from costs of future environmental regulations. The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) last month approved (3-2) a proposal that calls for scheduling public workshops on a clean-energy standard. Commissioner Patrick Lyons wants the workshops to be held in northwestern New Mexico, where utilities are looking to More >

What’s Going On? – Albuquerque – November 2017


Nov. 4, 6:30–8 pm, Nov. 5, 1–4 pm

2017 New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase Awards

NHCC Bank of America Theater, 1701 4th  St. SW

11/4, Ceremony, panel discussion with winners. 11/5: Free screening of winning films. 505.476.5604,,


Nov. 4, 12:30–2:30 pm

Healthy Writing, Healthy You

New Life Presbyterian Church, 5540 Eubank NE

Integrating mind, body and soul through writing, yoga and Ayurveda. All levels welcome. $20/$30.


Nov. 4, 2–5 pm

Nm Interfaith Power and Light Fall Gathering

Central Methodist Church, 201 University Blvd. NE

“Generations Caring for the Earth Together” Guest speakers: Lyla June Johnston and Pat McCabe. 2017 SEED and SPROUT awardees. Free.,


Through Nov. 5

Outstanding in More >

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


Nov. 4, 8 am–4 pm

18th Annual Congreso de las Acequias

Santa Maria de la Paz Parish Hall, 11 College Ave.

Annual NM Acequia Assn. meeting. Stories of Enduring Acequias, Testimonies in Defense of Water. Registration $25. 505.995.9644,


Nov. 4, 8:30 pm–12 am

Noche de Muertos

Museum of International Folk Art, 710 Cam. Lejo

Benefit party for the museum education fund. Desserts by leading SF chefs. Face-painting for adults. Costume contest, raffle. $35/$60 couple.


Nov. 5, 3–4:30 pm

Women’s Dialogue

SF Public Library Community Rm.

Lincoln & Marcy

Learn how to become self-empowered and authentic. Throw off negative societal rules in supportive, group experience. Free workshop presented by Betsy Keats, More >

What’s Going On? – Taos – November 2017


Nov. 2, 4–6 pm

Benefit for Amigos Bravos

114 Des Georges Pl.

Tour ABs’ new office, raise a glass for clean water and then enjoy dinner next door at Eske’s Brew Pub. 575.758.3874,


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,




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


Nov. 4, 3–5 pm

Wine & Wag Arts & Crafts Show

Jémez Springs Presbyterian Church, 17540 N.M. 4

Gala/auction to benefit animal welfare in the Jémez Valley. Participants must be 21 or older $12/adv. $15 at the door. 888.828.5822, ext. 4


Nov. 4, 5 pm

Northern NM College Foundation Gala

Ohkay Convention Center, near Española, NM

“Dream, Journey, Thrive.” Keynote speaker: Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham. Dinner, auction, performances by Moving Arts Española and Cipriano Vigil y Familia. $100. 505.747.2147,


Nov. 4–5

Dixon Studio Tour

Dixon, NM

36th annual. Over 50 artists and businesses representing virtually every art and craft. Maps available at each numbered stop and can be downloaded from More >