Friday, May 25, 2012

The Hubbell House Alliance in partnership with Bernalillo County Open Space
presents a New Mexico Statehood Centennial Celebration

Cien Años Después en Cine – 100 Years Later in film - Saturday night June 2nd @ 8pm

   Outdoor Film Series:
"Movies Under the Stars"   

Contemporary films by local producers offering visual expression of culture, traditions, and history of NM rural communities.

documentary film by Cynthia J. Gómez      
documentary film by Samuel Sisneros    
documentary film by Andrés Armijo
Short trailer for "Within Me" by Andrés Armijo

   Saturday, June 2, 2012 @ 8pm   
at the Gutiérrez Hubbell House
6029 Isleta SW Abq. NM 87105 (2.5 miles south of Río Bravo Boulevard)

FREE! (donations accepted) - bring your folding chair or blanket - filmmakers present

For more information, email  505 244-0507 or or call 314-0398 or visit:                                                                                                  
LAND WATER PEOPLE TIME by Cynthia Gómez is a documentary film about cultural and environmental loss and preservation in Northern New Mexico. Across the landscape of Northern New Mexico, people speak about the relationship between people, place and time. Set in a complex 500 year history of Intertribal relations and European colonialism. Negotiating raiding and barter; periods of famine, abundance and disease; international and civil wars and peace – the survival of people often resulted in cultural blending of Native Americans, Spanish, Black and Anglo people with their natural environments. The film allows the viewer to witness for themselves, a simple yet meaningful sensibility of natural surroundings, personal and intergenerational history, and the people that sustain those cultures celebrated in Northern New Mexico. Cynthia Jeannette Gómez, Producer. Daniel Valerio, Producer. David Lindblom, Director.

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FENCE is an eleven-minute documentary, by Samuel Sisneros tells the story of a family from Los Lentes, New Mexico and how it shares a common ancestry and history with Isleta Pueblo. Through image and dialogue, the video gives local representation towards the understanding of larger social issues that take place in many New Mexican communities involving race, family history, and cultural and social boundaries.

WITHIN ME is a thirty-three minute documentary film by Andrés Armijo reflecting his family history, his relationship with his father, and issues of identity. This personal portrait is told with photographs, letters, home movies and genealogical research of a family with roots in Albuquerque.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Taos, New Mexico
April 2012

My Mom and I decided to jump in the car one Sunday to go meet a distant relative with whom I had been in touch by phone for some time.  We really wanted to meet him, as I had always prodded my Mom in the past to take me to my parents' relatives.  A very intelligent and gracious man.  Their grandmothers were sisters, and were both born in Tecolote, NM.  But, at the turn of the 20th century his grandmother's family went north to Taos, and my grandmother's family went south, to Jarales.  

 At our distant relative's house in Taos in front of the horno he and his father made.

I take a better picture than this.  But, it illustrates that artists who have done a justice in paintings and photographs of this sacred church, have achieved high levels of technical skill and artistry.

Madrid, New Mexico.  Took a drive after brunch with my Mom and brother on Mother's Day.  
The Coal Mine Museum and Theatre.
And no, it's not "MA drid".  It's simply Madrid, or Madrid - in English, and in Spanish, respectively.  The tonic syllable, the last syllable - <drid> 
is the same in both English and Spanish.

 View of the stage in the Theatre

 View of theatre from downstage

 The props shop at the back of the theatre

 One of two complete preserved steam locomotives in New Mexico

 View from inside the Theatre & Museum

 Coal storage and cart

 "The Executive Lounge"

 An electric locomotive

 Fun carts for the Christmas and other parades outside the service station

 Steam Locomotive

Church at Golden, NM, just south of Madrid

 Just south of Madrid

Top view of electric locomotive

Thursday, May 17, 2012

At the Southwest Oral History Association conference in April, I gave a 1/2 day workshop on reconstructing family history, and spoke on a panel the following day.  As part of the workshop, I curated an exhibit - a "mini-museum" if you will, of personal family photographs, artifacts, documents and various material culture.  The participants pictured here are writers, historians, artists and teachers that are involved in various aspects of oral history, family history and genealogy.  We all learned a great deal from each other.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Unas fotografías de lugar y paisaje - y querencia

Andrés Armijo by Sergio Quintana, January 2012

I am finally getting around to posting some images that I had photographed since the winter.  They were all part of my research and creative process of my latest project.  I was so focused on my project I hadn't been able to post these images...until now.  Here are just a few of those images, mainly from north, northwest of Santa Fe.

Since about 1987 I had visited Tecolote, New Mexico where my grandmother and great-grandparents were from.  Even though I had taken pictures of the iglesia, I didn't have one of me with it.  My friend Sergio Quintana photographed me in front of it - Nuestra Señora de los Dolores.  This is part of my encouragement to all family historians - go visit your querencias, photograph the monuments, landmarks, the places - and the ambientes - that have interest and meaning to you.

This was in January 2012, and even though the sun was bright, it was breezy and very cold.

Nuestra Señora de los Dolores, Tecolote, New Mexico.  Detail by Andrés Armijo, January 2012.

Plaza Hotel, Las Vegas, New Mexico.  Andrés Armijo 2012.

Cañoncito at Apache Canyon.  On this trip, I went alone.  Remember that when you travel to places alone, you see differently, hear differently, and think differently. Don't be afraid to travel on your own, if even short distances from your home.  Self-portrait, Andrés Armijo, February 2012.

Nuestra Señora de la Luz at Cañoncito.  Andrés Armijo, February 2012.

"La Estafeta" Glorieta, New Mexico.  My grandmother was actually born in Glorieta, though her siblings and parents in Tecolote.  It seems that my great-grandmother gave birth while my great-grandfather was working on the Rail Road.  They were en route between Las Vegas and Glorieta.  Self-portrait, Andrés Armijo, February 2012.

I love taking photos of the "Official Scenic Historical Markers" throughout New Mexico.  Andrés Armijo, February 2012.

 San Antonio church at Pecos, New Mexico.  Andrés Armijo, February 2012.

Ruins of Nuestra Señora de los Angeles in Pecos, New Mexico.  Andrés Armijo, February 2012.

More to come...