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Humans Of New Mexico: Voces Del Norte

Bobby Gutierrez
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Nicholas Herrera / Anita Rodriguez / Francisco "Cisco

Mon.5/15, 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 stories of Taos artist, Anita Rodriguez, El Rito artist, Nicholas Herrera, and the owner of Los Rios River Runners, Francisco Guevara who paints an image of northern New Mexico’s imaginary.

Anita Rodriguez talks about how she identifies as Taoseña and Legacy Hispanic: 

“Hispanic is like this generic term that includes everybody who speaks Spanish no matter what country they are from. But Legacy Hispanic reflects the fact that the population here in El Norte is unique among Hispanics in that we are the closest thing to indigenous of any people in this part of the Americas.”

Nicholas Herrera proudly announces that he is part of the ongoing tradition to keep the cultural traditions that have been around northern New Mexico for multiple generations:

“The beautiful thing is that keep the traditions up here in northern New Mexico alive!”

Francisco “Cisco” Guevara talks about the new developments in ecotourism while preserving the cultural traditions of northern New Mexico:

“Because I am involved in the tourism business, I am hyper-aware of the way that tourism has impacted the culture in Taos. Ecotourism is a concept that is aware of the way that tourism impacts the local culture and they want to be able to help the local economy.”

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 Froilan Orozco along with recording, edition and transcription of the interviews by the Humans of New Mexico collective with Cristina Baccin´s support.

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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