Showing posts with label New Mexico. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New Mexico. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Nash Candelaria dies on January 5, 2016 in Santa Fe, New Mexico


 
Nash Candelaria was a great man. He died on January 5, 2016. He was born to Ignacio Nuanes Candelaria & Flora Rivera, who were both native Nuevo Mexicanos with deep roots in the state’s Spanish Colonial, and Mexican & Territorial periods. His only sibling, Lillian Flora Candelaria, preceded him in death, in May 2009.

I am privledged to have known Nash since I was 17 years old – he was my second cousin, mentor and friend. My sister Pearl Louise (1962-1999) and I met Nash and his wife Doranne at his residence in Palo Alto, California. He was a great influence on me in my writing, research and quest for knowledge of my family history. Furthermore, he was influential in his patience, kindness, generosity, positive attitude, and open-mindedness. I’ll always treasure his simple, encouraging words to me: “Keep on keeping on.”

His biography on amazon.com reads “Nash Candelaria is a descendant of one of the pioneer families that founded Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1706. He is the author of several important works of Chicano literature including “Not by the Sword,” an American Book Award Winner, and “Memories of the Alhambra,” one of the seminal novels of Chicano literature.”  Nash’s contribution to literature, family history research, and social change can’t be emphasized enough – while he was a very modest gentleman about his accomplishments, he is deserving of much praise. I am glad that I was able to honor him in my second book “Por constancia/So that it may be validated: Family History in the Río Abajo.” (Río Grande Books, 2014)


For more information about Nash Candelaria, please read his obituary, and see his catalog of work at amazon.com.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

La Virgen de Guadalupe

Danzantes celebrate día de la Virgen de Guadalupe in South Broadway district in Alburquerque, New Mexico.

Rosemary Gallegos Armijo in front of the murals at St. Francis Xavier Church in South Broadway. The mural depicts the annual Procesión de la Virgen de Guadalupe throughout the neighborhoods in South Broadway, celebrated since the 1930s.



Saturday, May 9, 2015

Andrés Armijo received the Historical Society of New Mexico "Fabiola Cabeza de Baca" Award, 2015 at the New Mexico History Conference annual award dinner for his book "Por constancia/So that it may be validated: Family History in the Río Abajo (Albuquerque: Río Grande Books, 2015).

Additional 2015 honorees included Malcolm Ebright, Rick Hendricks, Richard W. Hughes, Nasario García, Cipriano Federico Vigil, David L. Caffey, Max Evans, Ann Carson, Michael Stevenson, Mo Palmer and Sam White.



Saturday, April 20, 2013

Monday, February 25, 2013

San Francisco de Asis en Golden, Nuevo México

Just some snap shots on a short day trip. This church, camposanto and surrounding areas speak for themselves. I do hope that the panoramic shot of the actual entrance and path (walking away from church) to the church shows in its correct aspect ratio. (Plus an additional panoramic facing the church.)   Addendum 26 February 2013: Little did I know that it would snow over 6" later that night! But because of the heavy clouds and cold weather, I was not surprised. It would be great to photograph this in snow.  With I-40 backed up (closed) for a couple of days now, I imagine by the time I would have time to drive out there again, the snow will be gone. Notwithstanding, I guess this is why it's important to be in the moment. We can recover, record and memorialize, and everything else seems to fleet, as time goes on.







Thursday, February 14, 2013

Hello Everyone,

I haven't had a second to update my blog.  I hope that everyone is doing productive, creative and personally meaningful things whether it be in genealogy, family history research, dance, film, and all kinds of creative and artistic expressions.

I have been busy completing a chapter for my book that will be released this year, 2013. This particular chapter deals with the life of an ancestor - a great-great grandmother and historical documents written about her.  I am contextualizing her life story based on the extant primary sources about her.  Historically, many women's life stories have been relegated to margins, to end notes, to courtesy mentions in writing.  I hope to illuminate aspects of her life.  As a teaser, this is a satellite image of the land that she owned circa 1880 in Jarales, New Mexico.  Yes, women inherited, owned, bought and sold, and worked land throughout the Spanish Colonial Period, the Mexican Period, and the Territorial Period of New Mexico's history.


Monday, December 3, 2012



La Cosecha

My Mom and I went to the Harvest Festival at Rancho de las Golondrinas this fall.  There was a performance of La Llorona, among many other performances, music, wagon rides,re-enactments, food tasting, harvest fruits and vegetables, etc.   Check out Rancho de las Golondrinas




St. Francis Xavier Church


At the end of October, my Mom and I went on one of our regular day trips, to Jarales.  We visited one of her cousins.  This is where her father's family was from.  Nearby settlements including Los Pueblitos, El Bosque, Belén and Los Chávez are some of the oldest settlements in the Río Abajo.  Largely agricultural communities, the arrival of the railroad in 1880 had a huge influence on these towns, as it did the entire Southwest, and well, the world.  We have made several drives to Jarales and stopped to visit people throughout the years.  On this day, my Mom's cousin made us a special fall lunch of green chile, calabacitas, stew, beans and tortillas.  And of course we had a few glasses of wine.  Having my tripod in the back of my car, I took a few self-portraits.  I've photographed the church several times, but the trees were exceptionally beautiful, naturally because of the season.  This is a newer church, and the old St. Francis Xavier Church was situated at the same site.  Among the mayordormos of the original mission church during the late 1800s and early 1900s were my great-grandparents Benigno Gallegos & Concepción Barreras de Gallegos.  Their is a plaque on the wall at the entrance with their names on it, along with many other mayordormos.  The church is located just north of the US Post Office on Jarales Road.  There is a Jarales Post Office, as well, just north of that.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

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