What might be extra thrilling than firecrackers on the 4th of July? For me, summer time packages centered across the outstanding ladies of New Mexico. This previous July the Taos-based group Izcalli In Nanantzin Danza Azteca, below the route of Capitana Tanya Ocañas y Vigil, ended their feast day celebration on a Saturday afternoon with a dance in Aztec regalia. The festivities which included a velacíon or prayer vigil and a procession to the San Francisco de Asís church, honored Señor Santiago de Los Cuatro Vientos (St. James of the 4 Winds). That weekend celebrations of the biblical Santiago and Santa Ana (St. James and St. Anne) on the annual Taos fiestas occurred on the Plaza. The weekend started with a Fiesta mass adopted by a line-up of Spanish music and dance that included teams of Taos ladies performers like Catalina Río Fernandez and Flamenco Nuevo Mexico, and the Audrey Davis Trio.
Colourful dancers alongside State Street 68 in Ranchos de Taos. Picture by Rick Romancito, © 2011*
Earlier, in June, the ultimate of 4 exhibitions opened at Santa Fe’s New Mexico Historical past Museum. All embody tales of girls. Since its opening in 2009, the New Mexico Historical past Museum has featured tales of males, ladies and youngsters as a part of a aware effort to broaden the telling of historical past. This summer time’s displays, in response to museum director Frances Levine, focus “squarely on the contributions made by ladies that don’t start and finish with well-liked Western stereotypes.” The exhibition House Lands: How Girls Made the West, presents such well-known New Mexican artists as Pueblo potter Maria Martinez, painters Pablita Velarde and Georgia O’Keeffe, and photographer Laura Gilpin. Modern New Mexico artists embody New Mexican santera (carver of saints) Gloria Lopez Cordova; Santa Clara Pueblo artists Tammy Garcia and Nora Naranjo Morse. To enhance House Lands, Albuquerque-based poet and playwright Pleasure Harjo was commissioned to create a video piece impressed by a historic narrative of slavery and interracial marriage in 19th century New Mexico.
Dorothea Begay. Picture by Ann Bromberg, © 2011**
A conventional Navajo sheep rancher in Canoncity, Begay instructed creator Sharon Niederman in 1996, “We have to deliver again our livestock. To be taught to outlive off that; to be taught to work and farm. We should look after the neighborhood collectively.”
A second exhibition, Ranch Girls of New Mexico, paperwork the lives of 11 ladies who’ve “cow-girled” or owned ranches within the state over the previous 50 years. The textual content by Raton creator Sharon Niederman and images by Albuquerque photographer Ann Bromberg deliver to life ladies’s dynamic contributions to the setting, their multicultural households, and their financial survival in a “boots on the bottom” lifestyle.
Mary B. Davis. Picture by Ann Bromberg, © 2011
Daughter-in-law of legendary New Mexico rancher Linda Davis, Mary B. Davis exhibits what she’s manufactured from as supervisor of the horse breeding operation of the Crow Creek Division of the CS Ranch.
The workers on the New Mexico Historical past Museum designed a summer time program to enhance these exhibitions. Arising this month: “Homespun: Northern New Mexico Spinning and Weaving Strategies,” demonstrations by the Española Valley Fiber Arts Heart, and a lecture “By Her Eyes: An American Indian Girl’s Perspective.” As a consequence of travels to interview some outstanding ladies in Wallowa County, OR, I missed Dr. Tey Diana Rebolledo’s lecture “Fabiola Cabeza de Baca and The Good Life.” A local of Las Vegas, NM, instructor and author Fabiola Cabeza de Baca “elevated each the artwork and science of homemaking from the Despair ahead, mixing conventional practices with modern-day conveniences. Starting within the 1950s, her experience went international when she began home-economics packages in Central and South America for the United Nations and have become a coach for the Peace Corps.” Her story is included within the House Lands exhibition.
My curiosity in Fabiola Cabeza de Baca stems from her work within the 1940s with the County Extension Service in Taos. My good friend Corina Santistevan recalled her educating native ladies to can each meats and greens with an enormous strain canner that was introduced to be used by the neighborhood. I might be profiling Fabiola Cabeza de Baca later this month.
Simply at the moment Judi Jordan and I talked about Mabel visiting folks and locations all through the Taos Valley and in different places all through New Mexico. Oh how Mabel would have loved visiting with these fascinating ladies!
Adios for now,
* Courtesy of Rick Romancito, Tempo editor, The Taos Information
* Courtesy of the Picture Archives on the Palace of the Governors/New Mexico Historical past Museum, DCA, Ann Bromberg Assortment HP.2008.31.