Espanola: The Land Remembers

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Saturday, March 05, 2011

Española, New Mexico is known as the first Capitol City in America. Settled by Spanish conquistadors in 1598, the area's rich cultural past is still evident today in it's 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.

Comments [3]

Connie Smith from Westchester County, NY

This is the first time I have heard this program on WNYC-AM. It is facinating.
I share the sentiments of Mr. Campbell regarding this episode. I love hearing the different voices of the people who are interviewed.

Mar. 05 2011 02:21 PM
Andrew Campbell from New York State

The best part of this program is the clear exposition of the idea that we exist together, mutually, one way or another, and that there are actually other values besides collecting money, worthy of our lives, for guiding, evaluating our lives. Hopefully, we are getting beyond, seeing the limits of, the 'bottom line' being the 'dollar'.

Mar. 05 2011 11:02 AM
Stuart Braman from Port Washington, NY

If you're interested in more, Mayordomo by Stanley Crawford is the "Chronicle of an Acequia in Northern New Mexico" from 1988. Well written. At that time a process of "adjudication" had been going on for decades to apparently replace the acequia system with a more modern water rights system in the valleys of northern new mexico. I'm unfamiliar with the details but at the end of last year there were settlements in Taos and the Pojoaque Valley (by Espanola). Here's a link to a blog called "acequias and adjudication"on water rights in new mexico

Mar. 05 2011 06:34 AM

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