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Burque’s Flow With Mercedez Holtry

Photo: Adam Rubinstein
Beatriz Holtry / Humans of New Mexico

Mon.2/20, 7p: Oral history through "testimonio" is at the heart of the community collective project, Humans of New Mexico/Humanos de Nuevo México. We´ll listen to the powerful story of Albuquerque poet, Mercedez Holtry who talks about rooting identity into her craft. Mercedez, is born and raised in Albuquerque and is part of the up and in coming local artist to keep an eye out for: Burque in a sense is a rough town. It can be rough; it can be filled with heartache. There's a lot of bad that happens here but in my heart I know there's more good that tops that bad.”  

She goes on to talk about her own self-identity formations:

“I've come to the conclusion that I’m a mestiza. I'm a mix child. I come from all of this beautiful rich history within New Mexico.”

With the goal of gathering the diversity of New Mexican cultural traditions, the project Humans of New Mexico focuses on oral history -recorded and archived for future generations- prioritizing oral and language traditions. This show was hosted by Moisés Santos with Rafael Martínez, edition and production by Froilan Orozco along with recording, edition and transcription of the interviews by the Humans of New Mexico collective, with the support of Cristina Baccin, Coordinator of Espejos de Aztlán.

Photo Credits: Adam Rubinstein http://www.stoppeddown.studio

Rafael is a PhD candidate in American Studies at the University of New Mexico. His research involves a deep social, historical and political analysis of immigrant rights and undocumented youth. As an UndocuScholar Activist, Rafael is engaged in projects that seek to connect academic work with community development. Rafael is the founder of the Humans of New Mexico, a statewide media oral history project. As a member of the Raíces Collective, he hosts the monthly “Humans of New Mexico” show on Espejos de Aztlán, where stories from all over the state are featured. rafaelmartinez@kunm.org
Froilan Orozco is a Master’s candidate in American Studies at the University of New Mexico. His interests are in cinematic representations, Mexican American history, borderlands, and the U.S. Southwest. He is a collective member of Humans of New Mexico, a statewide media oral history project, and hosts their monthly show on Espejos de Aztlán as a member in the Raíces Collective.froilanorozco@kunm.org
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