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¡Que Vivan las Acequias! #26

Episode 26 of ¡Que Vivan las Acequias! – produced by Miguel Santistevan of the NMAA in collaboration with Cultural Energy (www.culturalenergy.org).

This show features a presentation by Lisa Robert to the Southwest Water class at the University of New Mexico on October 26, 2007.  Lisa was editor of the New Mexico Water Dialogue for several years and has done much work on water issues in the Middle Rio Grande. In this show we dialogue about the Middle Rio Grande Basin, the San Juan-Chama diversion, and the connection between agriculture, surface water, and groundwater.

Music by Cipriano Vigil y los Viejitos.

Download episode: 26quevivan.mp3

¡Que Vivan las Acequias! #25

Episode 25 of ¡Que Vivan las Acequias! – produced by Miguel Santistevan of the NMAA in collaboration with Cultural Energy (www.culturalenergy.org).

This show features a Sembrando Semillas workshop held on October 20, 2007 in Chamisal, New Mexico.  In this program you can hear the Sembrando Semillas team learn how to make posole from blue corn.  Featured in this show are:

Maximiliano Garcia: mentor in the making of posole.

Miguel Santistevan: recorder and interviewer.

Margaret Garcia: youth mentor.

Victor Mascareñas, Taos Sembrando Semillas mentor.

AND Youth participants:

RJ Chavez, Taos High School senior.

Juan Felipe Roybal, Peñasco High School junior.
Adam Casados, Peñasco High School.

Karen Mirabal, Taos college student.

Toribio Garcia, Peñasco High School junior.

Michael Fresquez, Peñasco High School.

Music by Cipriano Vigil and David Garcia y su conjunto.

Download episode: 25quevivan.mp3

¡Que Vivan las Acequias! #24

Episode 24 of ¡Que Vivan las Acequias! – produced by Miguel Santistevan of the NMAA in collaboration with Cultural Energy (www.culturalenergy.org).

This show features presentations from historian Robert Torres and Roberto Mondragon from an event held in Las Vegas, New Mexico on May 19, 2007. The event, entitled “Land: Resource, Right, Refuge” was sponsored by the City of Las Vegas Museum and the Friends of the Museum.

Robert Torres speaks about the archival evidence of agriculture in New Mexico and the establishment of the land grants.

Roberto Mondragon sings a song about agriculture and shares some history about the land grant he belongs to in Anton Chico.

Music by Cipriano Vigil and Roberto Mondragon.

Download episode: 24quevivan.mp3

¡Que Vivan las Acequias! #23

Episode 23 of ¡Que Vivan las Acequias! – produced by Miguel Santistevan of the NMAA in collaboration with Cultural Energy (www.culturalenergy.org).

This show could adequately be termed “Acequia Culture 101,” and features a presentation by Dr. Jose Rivera, sociology professor at the University of New Mexico and author of the book “Acequia Culture” published by UNM Press in 1998. The show gives a general overview of the history of the acequias, how they made their way to the upper Rio Grande, along with their cultural role and challenges.

Music by Cipriano Vigil.

Download episode: 23quevivan.mp3

¡Que Vivan las Acequias! #22

Episode 22 of ¡Que Vivan las Acequias!

This show covers a Farm Bill Forum that was held at Northern New Mexico College in Española on July 8, 2007. The forum was organized to inform people about the Farm Bill and how it affects us, as well as to hear peoples’ concerns about agriculture. The information from the Forum was to make recommendations to the New Mexico Congressional Delegation for Farm Bill policy. The Forum was organized with the support of: The New Mexico Acequia Association, Rio Arriba County, New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension, Northern New Mexico College, the American Friends Service Committee, the Traditional Native American Farmers’ Association, and the Northern New Mexico Stockman’s Association.

In this program you can hear:

– Paula Garcia, Executive Director of the NMAA.

– Lorenzo Valdez, County Manager of Rio Arriba County.

– Edmund Gomez of NMSU Cooperative Extension.

– Don Bustos of Santa Cruz Farms.

– Marcela Cruz of Santa Fe Farmers Market.

– Louie Hena of Tesuque Pueblo.

– Carlos Salazar of the Northern New Mexico Stockman’s Association.

– Gail Minton of Taos.

– Suzanne Walter of Taos.

– and Camila Bustamante of La Cienega.

Theme music by Cipriano Vigil. This month’s music by Los Lobos.

Download episode: 22quevivan.mp3

¡Que Vivan las Acequias! #21

Episode 21 of ¡Que Vivan las Acequias!

We finish listening to proceedings from the 2nd Annual Tierra, Agua, y Cultura conference, “Las Mujeres Hablan: Women, Seeds, and Agriculture,” on March 17, 2007. This conference was organized in collaboration with the New Mexico Acequia Association, the Traditional Native American Farmers’ Association, Tewa Women United, and Honor our Pueblo Existence. In this episode you will hear from a panel entitled about traditional foods and remedios with presenters:

– Serena Hena of Tesuque Pueblo.

– Donne Gonzales of Ojito.

– and Anna Mora Gutierrez Sisneros of lower San Pedro.

Also in this show is the reading of the Women’s Declaration from the Conference.

You can also hear some youth perspectives from the conference.
This month’s music is from “Singing Earth” by Xavier Quijas Yxayotl. Theme music by Cipriano Vigil.

Download episode: 21quevivan.mp3

¡Que Vivan las Acequias! #20

Episode 20 of ¡Que Vivan las Acequias!

We continue listening to proceedings from the 2nd Annual Tierra, Agua, y Cultura conference, “Las Mujeres Hablan: Women, Seeds, and Agriculture,” on March 17, 2007. This conference was organized in collaboration with the New Mexico Acequia Association, the Traditional Native American Farmers’ Association, Tewa Women United, and Honor our Pueblo Existence. In this episode you will hear from a panel entitled, “Caring for the Human seed-raising children on the land,” with presenters:

– Michele Peixino of Chimayo.

– Teofista & Marisela Chavez of Taos area.

– and Margaret Campos of Embudo.
This month’s music is by El Chicano. Theme music by Cipriano Vigil.

Download episode: 20quevivan.mp3

¡Que Vivan las Acequias! #19

Episode 19 of ¡Que Vivan las Acequias!

Listen to proceedings from the 2nd Annual Tierra, Agua, y Cultura conference, “Las Mujeres Hablan: Women, Seeds, and Agriculture,” on March 17, 2007. This conference was organized in collaboration with the New Mexico Acequia Association, the Traditional Native American Farmers’ Association, Tewa Women United, and Honor our Pueblo Existence. In this episode you will hear:

– introductions by event organizer Margarita Garcia
– Pricilla Salazar-Martinez about the work of San Luis women’s group: Las Comadres.

– Paula Garcia on Spirit-rooted activism.

– Louie Hena, Jerry Fuentes, Robin Collier, and Paula Garcia on the work of the New Mexico Food & Seed Sovereignty Alliance in the 2007 Legislative session.

Also in this show you can hear from our latest members of Sembrando Semillas, Andrew and Laura Mascareñas after our early spring planting in Taos, April 21, 2007.

This month’s music is by Quinto Sol. Theme music by Cipriano Vigil.

Download episode: 19quevivan.mp3

¡Que Vivan las Acequias! #18

Episode 18 of ¡Que Vivan las Acequias!

Listen to presenters from a program entitled, “Acequias: Ancestral Waterways in the 21st Century,” hosted by the Colorado Field Institute in San Luis, CO on March 8, 2007, including:

– introductions by event organizer Sandra Santa Cruz

– Ron Sandoval on the history of the Sangre de Cristo land grant and acequias

– and Pricilla Salazar-Martinez on acequia culture in the San Luis Valley

Also in this show we plant potatoes with the Sembrando Semillas team in Embudo.
This month’s music is by Santana. Theme music by Cipriano Vigil.

Download episode: 18quevivan.mp3

¡Que Vivan las Acequias! #17

Episode 17 of ¡Que Vivan las Acequias!

Listen to proceedings from Acequia Day at the Santa Fe Capitol during the 2007 legislative session on February 15.

– NMAA Executive Director Paula Garcia with a tribute to our beloved acequia leader Wilfred Rael and a “State of the Acequias” address.

– Speaker of the House Ben Lujan talks about the importance of acequias to the State of New Mexico.

– “Why acequias are important to us” by Taos Sembrando Semilla Martin Cardenas.

– an update on the work of the NM Food and Seed Sovereignty Alliance by Miguel Santistevan and Louie Hena.

Live Music by Cipriano Vigil and Facundo Valdez. Theme music by Cipriano Vigil.

Download episode: 17quevivan.mp3