My expression of my genealogical and family history research began to take many forms long before I published my first book Becoming a Part of My History: Through Images & Stories of My Ancestors. I was certainly interested in the actual archival process of genealogy and designing and organizing my documents, pedigree charts and family group charts, but as my archive grew, and being a creative person, I needed to think more intensively about how I was going to form all of this content. (An interesting note here, a good read on the relationships of the "form" and the "content" can be illuminated by historian Hayden White in some of his theoretical essays from which I drew a great deal of inspiration) Anyways, as I explained in Becoming a Part of My History, I knew there was much more to my journey than just the actual research. The family artifacts, material culture and certainly vintage photos were always inspiring, motivating, and they were begging for me to draw them to the forefront. In deciding how to compile all of this, make sense of it to myself and to my public, I wrote vignettes, created photo essays and produced short films focusing on my journey of the research of my family history. I did a great deal of writing - vignettes, treatments, and even scripts. I had found another medium through which to express my passion for family history and created a 33 minute video titled Within Me . This is a trailer of the video. This piece, and my other published work can be researched by clicking the Within Me links, and through Libros at UNM Libraries, and viewed at the Center for Southwest Research.
Review by Gene Grant, July 6, 2005, 7:57 p.m.
From website of that date www.genegrant.com
"Musings of the Dreadlocked Flaneur"
"Within Me," A Name Is More Thank A Name...when it comes to this state. A very nicely done documentary by Andrés Armijo about his relationship with his late father...and more. He set the tone nicely with a well researched history of the Armijo and Candelaria names and their respective relationship here in ABQ. Weaving that with his Dad, an Armijo, mad it interesting every step of the way. Glad to meet Andrés out in the lobby. For any son, this is a really good experience." Gene Grant from the website www.genegrant.com July 6, 2005, 7:57 p.m.