Tradiciones - Raíces

Our identity, our roots

Raíces, the second of the Tradiciones four-part series, premieres this week

Posted 9/24/18

Raíces is the second in a four-part series spanning four consecutive weeks, It is followed by Artes (Arts) and culminates with the Unsung Heroes/Citizen(s) of the Year publication on Oct. …

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Tradiciones - Raíces

Our identity, our roots

Raíces, the second of the Tradiciones four-part series, premieres this week

Posted

Raíces is the second in a four-part series spanning four consecutive weeks, It is followed by Artes (Arts) and culminates with the Unsung Heroes/Citizen(s) of the Year publication on Oct. 11.

Raíces means "roots." Everyone comes from somewhere. Although the cultures we were raised in may share similarities, no two are identical. But the raíces planted for us by our ancestors, immediate family and the role models who came before us, laid a foundation — a system of learning and rules of nurturing. From our raíces rise dance, music, art, food, architecture, clothing and language. In this installment, we feature a look into our past through the subjects of subsistence farming, fruit stands, hippie communes, penitentes and the "New Women" of Northern New Mexico.

Here, family is upfront. Taos' mixture of roots resides in the hearts and souls of its striking, resourceful, loyal people. Our roots planted before us and the ones we leave behind are our identities, for better or worse. 

While some communities in other parts of the country, and the world, seem to be in serious need of digging up their roots and replanting them in more fertile, stable soil, Taos' raíces are as strong and blended as ever. 

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