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¡Que Vivan las Acequias! #36 – Food & Seed Sovereignty and Genetic Engineering

Produced by Miguel Santistevan in collaboration with Cultural Energy (www.culturalenergy.org). Made possible with grants from the Panta Rhea and Christensen Foundations.

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This show features a reading of the Seed Sovereignty Declaration that was signed by over 100 participants in the 1st Annual Tierra, Agua, y Cultura conference on March 11, 2006 (see radio shows ¡Que Vivan! #06 <click here> and ¡Que Vivan! #7 <click here>) that was organized by the NM Food and Seed Sovereignty Alliance which is composed of the NMAA and the Traditional Native American Farmers’ Association.  The show also features a dialogue on native seeds and the potential threat of genetic engineering that was held at the 9th Annual Congreso de las Acequias on December 5, 2008.  This dialogue features members of the Food & Seed Sovereignty Alliance and other conference participants to talk about concern for the passing of Senate Bill 60 in the 2008 New Mexico State Legislature, a Bill that provides funding to New Mexico State University for research into the mechanization and genetic engineering of chile.

Special thanks to Cipriano Vigil for our theme music and Xavier Quijas Yxayotl for this month’s musical selection.

Download episode: 36quevivan.mp3

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¡Que Vivan las Acequias! #35 – Ben Lujan Leadership and Public Policy Institute. Part 5

 

Quita Ortiz and Estevan Arellano

We return to the 3rd Annual Ben Lujan Leadership and Public Policy Institute held at New Mexico Highlands University on May 19 & 20, 2008.  Objectives for the Institute include bringing people together to learn about efforts to protect land and water rights, to promote and demonstrate the viability of land-based livelihoods, and to figure out how to work these themes into the educational system.  Our presenters in this show, Quita Ortiz and Estevan Arellano, give us an understanding of acequia features on the landscape using maps and oral histories.  Quita shares with us a project she completed for her master’s degree using GIS to analyze the acequias in Alcalde.  GIS stands for Geographical Information Systems and is a computerized database that uses maps, aerial photos, and other information to be able to see and make calculations about landscape features.  And later in this show, Mr. Arellano gives us important information about the cultural and historical understanding of the landscape and its importance to mapping efforts and the continuation of acequia culture.

Special thanks to Cipriano Vigil for our theme music

¡Que Vivan las Acequias! #34 – Ben Lujan Leadership and Public Policy Institute. Part 4

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Produced by Miguel Santistevan in collaboration with Cultural Energy (www.culturalenergy.org). Made possible with grants from the Panta Rhea and Christensen Foundations.

We return to the 3rd Annual Ben Lujan Leadership and Public Policy Institute held at New Mexico Highlands University on May 19 &20, 2008.  This show features a presentation by William Gonzales, a parciante and acequia leader in the Rio Gallinas watershed near Las Vegas, New Mexico.  Mr. Gonzales explains to us why the acequias of the Rio Gallinas can be considered the “poster child” of the acequia struggle in New Mexico, having experienced many of the challenges that many acequias have faced or will face in the future.

We also hear a live recording of “Padre Querido” by Juan Ortega, thank you Mr. Ortega.

Special thanks to Cipriano Vigil for our theme music.

Download episode: 34quevivan.mp3

¡Que Vivan las Acequias! #33 – Ben Lujan Leadership and Public Policy Institute. Part 3

Produced by Miguel Santistevan in collaboration with Cultural Energy (www.culturalenergy.org). Made possible with grants from the Panta Rhea and Christensen Foundations.

We return to the 3rd Annual Ben Lujan Leadership and Public Policy Institute held at New Mexico Highlands University on May 19 &20, 2008.  Our presenters in this show, Shirley Romero-Otero, Don Bustos, and facilitator Paula Garcia, represent the contemporary struggle of land-based people in el norte: to defend traditional rights to local resources (land & water), while revitalizing and reinvigorating land-based livelihoods and economies.

Special thanks to Cipriano Vigil for our music.

Download episode: 33quevivan.mp3

¡Que Vivan las Acequias! #32 – Ben Lujan Leadership and Public Policy Institute. Part 2

Produced by Miguel Santistevan in collaboration with Cultural Energy (www.culturalenergy.org). Made possible with grants from the Panta Rhea and Christensen Foundations.

In show #32 you can hear the first presentation of the 3rd Annual Ben Lujan Leadership and Public Policy Institute held at New Mexico Highlands University on May 19 & 20, 2008 by the youth leaders of the Sembrando Semillas Acequia Youth Project: Toribio Garcia, DJ Duran, and Margaret Garcia. The objectives for the Institute are to convene community leaders, youth, and students to learn from successful projects and campaigns to protect land and water rights, to discuss ways to replicate projects that demonstrate the viability of land-based livelihoods, and to identify strategies to integrate community interests and knowledge into the educational system.

Special thanks to Cipriano Vigil for our theme music and the B-Side Players for this month’s musical selection.

Download episode: 32quevivan.mp3

¡Que Vivan las Acequias! #31 – Ben Lujan Leadership and Public Policy Institute

Produced by Miguel Santistevan in collaboration with Cultural Energy (www.culturalenergy.org). Made possible with a grant from the Panta Rhea and Christensen Foundations.

In show #31 you can hear the opening address of the 3rd Annual Ben Lujan Leadership and Public Policy Institute held at New Mexico Highlands University on May 19 & 20, 2008 by Regis Pecos, Chief of Staff for Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ben Lujan. The objectives for the Institute are to convene community leaders, youth, and students to learn from successful projects and campaigns to protect land and water rights, to discuss ways to replicate projects that demonstrate the viability of land-based livelihoods, and to identify strategies to integrate community interests and knowledge into the educational system.

Special thanks to Cipriano Vigil for our theme music and Zuni culture for this month’s musical selection.

Download episode: 31quevivan.mp3

¡Que Vivan las Acequias! #30 – Medical doctor speaks about genetic engineering and health

Episode 30 of ¡Que Vivan las Acequias! – produced by Miguel Santistevan of the NMAA in collaboration with Cultural Energy (www.culturalenergy.org). Made possible with a grant from the Panta Rhea and Christensen Foundations.

In show #30 we hear from another presenter of the 3rd Annual Tierra, Agua, y Cultura agriculture conference held in Espanola on March 8, 2008. The theme of this conference was ‘honoring our relationship to food.’ Our presenter, Dr. Lorin Pang of Hawaii, informs us about the health effects and other issues around genetic engineering and genetically engineered food. Dr. Pang has a long career history which includes 24 years with the Army Medical Corporation and 20 years with the Walter Reed Institute of Research. He has been a consultant to the World Health organization since 1985 and has 60 published articles in medical journals regarding the diagnosis, drug treatments, and vaccines for a variety of tropical diseases. In addition, he has had several segments on the ‘Discovery Channel’ and has been selected as one of America’s Best Doctors for the last three years.

Special thanks to Cipriano Vigil for our theme music and Teocalli for this month’s musical selection…

Download episode: 30quevivan.mp3

¡Que Vivan las Acequias! #29 – A history of New Mexico crops and foods

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Episode 29 of ¡Que Vivan las Acequias! – produced by Miguel Santistevan of the NMAA in collaboration with Cultural Energy (www.culturalenergy.org). Made possible with a grant from the Panta Rhea Foundation.

This show features a presentation by Dr. Richard Ford at our 3rd Annual Tierra, Agua, y Cultura conference held on March 8, 2008 in Española, New Mexico. This presentation covers the interactions of the various cultures in northern New Mexico with regard to land, water, and seeds that has resulted in the food and agricultural patterns we see in the region today.

Special thanks to Cipriano Vigil for our theme music and Los Viejitos for this month’s musical selection.

Download episode: 29quevivan.mp3

¡Que Vivan las Acequias! #28 – Development Threatens Taos Valley Acequias

Episode 28 of ¡Que Vivan las Acequias! – produced by Miguel Santistevan of the NMAA in collaboration with Cultural Energy (www.culturalenergy.org). Made possible with a grant from the Panta Rhea Foundation.

This show features a conversation with two parciantes and a mayordomo of three Taos acequias: Patricia Quintana of the Don Fernando Acequia Sur, Gene Sanchez of the Acequia Sanchez, and Dave Rael, mayordomo of the Spring Ditch. In this conversation we discuss some threats that the Taos acequias are facing with regard to development and politics.

Special thanks to Cipriano Vigil for our theme music and Quinto Sol for this month’s musical selection.

Download episode: 28quevivan.mp3

¡Que Vivan las Acequias! #27 – Sembrando Semillas Youth Hike La Jicarita Peak

Episode 27 of ¡Que Vivan las Acequias! – produced by Miguel Santistevan of the NMAA in collaboration with Cultural Energy (www.culturalenergy.org). Made possible with a grant from the Panta Rhea Foundation.

This show features interviews of Sembrando Semillas members, mentors, and chaperones from a La Jicarita backpacking trip held July 16 & 17, 2007. In this program we talk about hiking to La Jicarita peak, the source of our water and the watershed, and being silent in nature. Participants include:

Celestino Chavez, Taos

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Toribio Garcia, Chamisal

Joshua Rivera, Mora

Angel Martinez, Taos

Andrew Mascareñas, Urraca

Augustine Gonzales, Chamisal

Done Gonzales, Chamisal

James Duran, Chacon

Dominic Chavez, Taos

Mentor and chaperone Victor Mascareñas

Chaperone Reynaldo Santistevan

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Mentor and chaperone Margarita Garcia.

A special thanks to The Center for Whole Communities in Vermont for helping to fund this backpacking trip. Additional thanks to Rocky Mountain Youth Corp in Taos for lending us backpacking equipment for this trip.

Theme music by Cipriano Vigil and this month’s musical selection, “Esperanza,” by the B-Side Players.

Download episode: 27quevivan.mp3