Española – 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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Acequias are an antient tradition and vital to the lives of Española’s residents. Find out what exactly an acequia is, how it works and explore the uncertain future of this tradition as the global economy expands and new ways of distributing water are instituted.
We examine the area’s rich culture thorugh folk musician, educator and author Cipriano Vigil. Also in the segment, this area is suffering a heroin addiction epidemic and we look at why this is and what’s being done to combat it.
Low-ri-der. Find out why Española is known as the “Lowrider Capital of the World” with this historical context and journey with today’s low rider practitioners.
Additional Espanola Stories
yes! Magazine explores the history of the acequia and it’s place in New Mexico’s modern culture. Read about how these irrigation canals still function as a communal tool in preserving and sharing scarce desert water.
This video about Andrew Mascarenas, a sixth generation farmer in northern New Mexico examines the crucial part that acequias play in maintaining his livelihood.
This article weighs the practicality of subsidizing small farmers versus continuing to prop up corporate agriculture.
Calexico – Whipping the Horses Eye
Cirpriano Vigil – La Julia
Cirpriano Vigil – Corriente
Cirpriano Vigil – Se Ve Triste El Hombre
Cleofes Vigil – Himno del Pueblo de las Montañas de la Sangre de Cristo
Hermandad de Abiquiu, NM – Madre de Dolores
Califone – The Eye You Lost in the Crusades
War – Low Rider
Big Pun – Still Not a Player
Cultura – Mi Carro Del Ano
Sin Ropas – Rabbit Dream
Valley of the Giants – Claudia and Klauss