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Welcome to the Manitos Digital Resolana

Welcome to the Manitos Digital Resolana

The Manitos Digital Resolana is a virtual gathering space for manitos, as people from rural northern New Mexico and southern Colorado call themselves. In many villages throughout this region, the resolana is the sunny side of a building, where people congregate to converse and share knowledge and wisdom. This Digital Resolana will serve as a space for people from these rural communities and their urban diasporas, where people connected to these villages now live, to reconnect, recollect, record, and reflect…

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Are You from Here or No? Tied to Two Places

Are You from Here or No? Tied to Two Places

With this blog, Trisha Martinez, new member of the Manitos team, reflects upon her familial experience of Manito migration from northern New Mexico to Wyoming. In the 1930s, members of her family pursued labor opportunities out of state, to work as sheepherders, in the sugar beet fields, and on the railroad. She explains how this has influenced her own querencia, or sense of belonging, in two places. Her passion for community and culture extend into her academic work and now career, as she is blessed to honor and serve the Legacy of Los Manitos. She shares her family’s migration story in the hopes that it will inspire you to share yours.

Interview with Kate Cisneros

Interview with Kate Cisneros

Overview: We of Questa Stories, (Gaea McGahee and Claire Coté with four-month old Olivia June in tow) met with Kate Cisneros in her home around her kitchen table on June 14, 2018. This was our third individual interview and we were prepared to record for about an hour. It was also part of our first “concrete” efforts to create content for the Questa Stories project and archive, and to launch QuestaStories.org. To better prepare ourselves as stewards of the newly formed Questa…

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Seiscientas Millas Manitas – Project Update 2020

Seiscientas Millas Manitas – Project Update 2020

I ended up only doing 500 miles through Manito country last summer, rather than the planned six. I started from Santa Fe and went as far north as El Alto del Cañón (Gardner), Colorado. Along the way I worked with people in the Nuevomexicano communities of Cuyamungué, El Embudo (Dixon), Peñasco, Chamisal, Placita, Llano Quemado, Ranchos de Taos, Los Córdovas, Arroyo Seco, San Antonio (Valdez), Costilla, Amalia, and El Ventero; as well as the Coloradense communities of Colonias de San…

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Nombrando La Muerte

Nombrando La Muerte

As a consequence of the so-called Spanish Flu, in November and December of 1918, La Revista de Taos recorded the names of those who had died in villages throughout Taos County, including Arroyo Hondo, Arroyo Seco, Cañón, Chamisal, Taos, Ranchos, Talpa, Rio Pueblo, Llano de San Juan, Llano Largo/Santa Barbara, Córdovas, Picuris, Peñasco, Valle, Trampas, Questa, and Cerro.

TIME TO MOVE MOUNTAINS: Youth Rising in San Luis Colorado

TIME TO MOVE MOUNTAINS: Youth Rising in San Luis Colorado

In this blog post, Shirley Romero Otero, Executive Director of Move Mountains Youth Project Inc., San Luis, CO, shares the philosophy to intergenerational engagement and education. The post features the Move Mountains Project video produced by EnLightofMe and 2MX2 and the words of the 2016 youth leaders of San Luis, Colorado rising up – ‘dreaming big, moving mountains, and being proud of who they are and where they live.’

Gathering Memory: Object, Photos, and Story

Gathering Memory: Object, Photos, and Story

Event overview: The general public and community members, from La Lama to Amalia and beyond, were invited to a community workshop: Gathering Memory: Object, Photos, and Story, on Sunday, July 8, 2018, at the Questa VFW Hall. The event was organized and hosted through a partnership between Questa History Trail (a project of Questa Creative Council) and Questa Stories (a program of LEAP and Localogy). The workshop was announced, and the public was invited, by mail, through online platforms, radio and newspaper. On the afternoon of the event, the VFW…

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Questa Stories and StoryBox at Questa Library Community Day

Questa Stories and StoryBox at Questa Library Community Day

July 27, 2019: It was a beautiful day, low wind and perfect temperature. Questa Library volunteers gathered early to set up for Questa Library Community Day, an annual event, which included a fundraiser book sale, community trunk sale, booths and lunch.  Questa Stories was among the community organizations present. Questa Stories co-creator, Claire Coté and volunteer, Judy Rutledge staffed the table. The focus was the newly acquired StoryBox provided to Questa Stories and Questa Library, through the Manitos Community Memory…

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Storytelling and Memory-Gathering Under Quarantine

Storytelling and Memory-Gathering Under Quarantine

Recently, Governor Michelle Grisham issued a state-wide ‘stay-at-home’ order, to help flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic, closing the schools that remained open and most workplaces. Chances are, if you and your family were not already sheltering in place at home, you are now. This is a novel situation for most of us, enforced isolation during the day. While at the beginning it may seem like there are endless things to do, movies to watch, social media to surf,…

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Questa Women’s Tea 

Questa Women’s Tea 

Event description: Questa Stories hosted a “Women’s Tea: a story sharing afternoon” on Saturday, Nov 16, 2019, at La Sala in Questa, NM. We collaborated with Esther Garcia* as our event co-host, an active community member and former Mayor of Questa. During her tenure as Mayor she had hosted a women’s gathering and was struck by the outpouring; women embraced the opportunity to come together in celebration. This event stayed with her and inspired her suggestion of a Women’s Tea. Together…

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