Española, New Mexico: The Land Remembers

Settled by Spanish conquistadors in 1598, the area’s rich cultural past is still evident today in its music, art, and way of life. But changing demographics, along with a shift in the local economy has left many residents without land, water, and a sense of identity. State of the Re:Union travels to the Española Valley of Northern New Mexico to explore the area’s history of dispossession, and to discover what the rest of the country can learn from this still vital region of the American Southwest. From ancient water distribution methods to low riders, SOTRU goes to find out.

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Despite modern stereotypes, low riders are a celebrated family tradition in Española, New Mexico. State of the Re:Union, with host Al Letson, explores this incredible culture and the amazing vehicles that go along with it.

Episode Music

ArtistTrack
CalexicoPepita
CalexicoWhipping the Horses Eye
Cirpriano VigilLa Julia
Cirpriano VigilCorriente
Cirpriano VigilSe Ve Triste El Hombre
Cleofes VigilHimno del Pueblo de las Montañas de la Sangre de Cristo
Hermandad de Abiquiu, NMMadre de Dolores
CalifoneThe Eye You Lost in the Crusades
WarLow Rider
Big PunStill Not a Player
CulturaMi Carro Del Ano
Sin RopasRabbit Dream
Valley of the GiantsClaudia and Klauss