Historian, musician, activist Arsenio Córdova has died

By Staci Matlock
editor@taosnews.com
Posted 9/22/19

Musician, theater director and activist Arsenio Córdova has died.

He passed away Sunday (Sept. 22) in his El Prado home after a long battle against cancer, cared for by his partner and wife …

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Historian, musician, activist Arsenio Córdova has died

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Musician, theater director and activist Arsenio Córdova has died.

He passed away in his El Prado home after a long battle against cancer, cared for by his partner and wife Kathryn Córdova.

The lifelong El Prado resident spent years working in human services before retiring to pursue interests in preserving some of Taos’ history and traditions.

He founded the Sangre de Cristo Liturgies, a group devoted to traditional Northern New Mexico music, theater and lectures. The group puts on a play called Los Pastores every year.  He also founded Taos Historical Walking Tours in 1991 and managed it for years. His efforts were among the reasons he was honored in 2012 with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the state Historic Preservation Division.

He was among the El Prado residents who have fought for years to prevent the annexation of El Prado by the town of Taos and has worked to have it recognized as a protected historic community.

He was an outspoken former board member of the Taos Municpal Schools.

He was also a man with a sense of humor. While speaking to former Gov. Susan Martinez when she visited Taos a few years ago, Córdova quipped, “governor, like you, I am a Republican, one of only ten in Taos County,” drawing a laugh from the predominatly Democratic crowd gathered.

A eulogy will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 25) at Rivera Funeral Home in Taos followed by an all-night prayer vigil at the El Prado Chapel. The funeral Mass will be Thursday (Sept. 26) at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Taos. He will be buried at the Sierra Vista Cemetary followed by lunch at the parish hall. 

Read more about Arsenio Córdova in Thursday’s Taos News. 

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