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The Vital Role of Regional National Forests

For eons and centuries, New Mexico’s American Indians and Hispano people, respectively, depended heavily on local mountain forests to provide many of the essential elements needed for survival and quality of life.
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Creating a Community Forest

The Carson National Forest is embarking on a new and improved relationship with Northern New Mexico’s rural peoples and what it calls “traditional historic communities,” composed largely of Hispanic residents who trace their roots back centuries and Pueblo Indians whose ancestors arrived even earlier.
Río Bosque at San Juan
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List of Regional Parks & Monuments

In an area jammed with national and world-caliber parks, monuments and historic sites, here are a few suggestions for places to visit. For details, look online.
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Española Evolution

How does a city recover after its primary economic driver pulls out, sending it into a decades-long skid? How does it transform from being a "pass through" city to a destination? How does it overcome economic and social hardships to once again become a vibrant community?
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Destinations: To the fringes

If you like to seek out the far-flung and unusual places a region has to offer, you will want to check out these little gems nestled in Northern and Central New Mexico. Check websites or call for hours (which may be limited), admission fees, special events and additional information.
A bronze sculpture outside the Albuquerque Musem of Art & History depicts an oxen-driven carreta making its way up the Camino Real.
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At the nexus

New Mexico is a land of trails. High in the mountains are the game trails of elk and deer. At the middle altitudes are the paths that rabbits take and trails left by turkeys in the mud of riverbanks. …
This petroglyph, titled "Sun Giving Birth to Moon," illustrates the ancient female energies that are embedded in the region. It is located on the Wells Petroglyph Preserve on Mesa Prieta, north of Española. The preserve is on private property donated by Katherine Wells to the Archeological Conservancy. Visitation, led by docents, is by reservation only. For details, visit
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If these rocks could talk

When my students and I discuss the possibilities of the birth petroglyph with Matthew Martinez, we inevitably weave a web of stories about traditional birth practices, about imagining how and where women gave birth and how birth begs the question of relationship.
The exterior of the business brightens Española's main street.
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Chimayó Trading Post

Stepping from the bright Española sunlight into the cool adobe interior of the Chimayó Trading Post is like stepping into a bit of New Mexico history. The trading post — …
The late Narciso Montoya relaxes in the resolana by his nephew's house in the Los Ojuelos neighborhood of Chimayó, 2012.
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Dichos: guideposts for good character

Most Sundays, when the weather is good, I take a drive with my mother to Chimayó, our querencia (home ground), the place of origin for so much of who we are. In our conversation as we travel, …
San Gerónimo de Taos
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Ancient and modern churches reflect enduring faith

No public spaces in Northern New Mexico are more reflective of local customs, the skills of homegrown artisans and particular traditions than are churches. In our ongoing look at various means and …
Looking north above the Río Grande Gorge to Ute Mountain and the Sangre de Cristos of Colorado.
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Names of the northern realm

When my inquisitive ancestors asked the Pueblo people about the geography of Taos, responses in the Tiwa and Tewa languages described a high country, or la sierra as we say it in New Mexico’s …
Artist self-portrait:"Me, My Bones and My Roses" by Anita Rodríguez
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Anita Rodríquez bears down on local life

“If I were to go outside and stuff the dirt from this place in my mouth, it would be sweet,” says Anita Otilla Rodríguez. The enjarradora (master mud plasterer), author, painter …
There are even urban acequias still functioning in the region, as seen in this image of the Acequia Madre in Santa Fe.
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Acequias: lifeblood of the rural north

Ask any Northern New Mexico parciante — an owner of a derecho (water right) that allows them to divert water onto their land through a compuerta (headgate) from an acequia (ditch) — if …
Prickly pears

Foraging for wild foods

If you’re lucky enough to live in north-central New Mexico, you’re probably already a fan of the great outdoors. Wouldn’t you like to add a new layer to your appreciation of nature …
Clay tile, "Corn Maiden" by Jason Garcia.
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Art characters 2018

Since Land Water People Time launched in 2014, more than 20 individual artists (including those featured here) have been profiled in the Art Characters series, providing a glimpse into the creative …
Nora Naranjo prepares to roast a batch of green chile in her horno at The Feasting Place.
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A Pueblo feasting place

If you give a man a loaf of Pueblo bread, he eats for a day. If you teach a man to make Pueblo bread, he eats for life — or at least as long as he’s in the vicinity of an horno. Here in …
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Ancestral tracks

I met Arturo Garrido, an architect from Mexico City, in September 2015. He was attending the Three Trails Conference in Santa Fe, which focused on the convergence in Santa Fe of El Camino Real de …
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The northern realm: timeless land, beauty and culture

“New Mexico is to be felt” is a common refrain on this exploration of north-central New Mexico. Magnificent views, serene valleys, Native culture (and native trout), hidden villages and …

Land Water People Time Cultural Guide 2018

Land Water People Time — Northern New Mexico’s cultural guide features articles on "Dichos" (old folk sayings in Spanish), "Acequias: The Lifeblood of El Norte," exploring the …

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