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Humans Of New Mexico: Enlightening Eileen

Mon.3/20, 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 Santa Fe Capitol Roundhouse custodial worker, Eileen Espinoza who talks about working the capital building for the last 27 years: 


“I’ve been through too many legislative sessions to say I get excited anymore. I don’t. By the 40th day, I’m like ‘Ok get out of here! (laughter)”  


She goes on to talk about growing up in Chimayo, New Mexico and her cultural traditions:

“Chimayo is totally different now. Everybody has sold their land and it’s all new people out there. It’s not the same.”

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, and edition and production  by FroilanOrozco along with recording, edition and transcription of the interviews by the Humans of New Mexico collective with the support of Espejos de Aztlán Coordinator Cristina Baccin.


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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