The Manitos Project is fortunate to have a found an academic collaborator in the person of Dr. Eric Romero, Manito scholar, Professor of Languages and Culture and Director of Native American Hispanic Studies at New Mexico Highlands University. Born, as he would tell you, out of the Manitos earth of southern Colorado, Dr. Romero has woven the threads of a rigorous formal academic training with those of the lived practical knowledge of a someone who knows how to work the land. Recently Dr. Romero and NMHU President, Dr. Sam Minner, began working together to bring the Matanza ( what might be called a pig roasting,…
A lunchtime introduction to the Manitos Project’s exciting plans for the next two years and to give everyone a chance to meet new Team Manitos partners and catch up with the Phase 1 team.
Event will take place on Zoom, Friday January 29th, 2021, 12pm – 130pm
This workshop will connect communities with acequia research to help mayordomos, commissioners, and parciantes understand scientific results and real-world implications. Co-author/researchers from NMSU, UNM, and Sandia Labs will discuss acequias in terms of hydrology, sociology, anthropology, range science, system dynamics, and more.
Including question and answer sessions and a community-oriented discussion about future acequia research potentials.
When a network of like-minded groups, institutions and individuals starts to gel, instances of sympathetic connection and causal commonality start to emerge with increasing frequency. Taking on lives and vitalities of their own.
The video document you find here, by Manitos media artist Mark Perez, is one such instance.
As a child of diaspora, my cultural linkages are often broken in ways that fly under the radar. A person can get quite used to cultural magpie behavior to fill voids in identity formation. A certain cosmopolitanism sets in and become a way of life, until challenged out of the blue on unlikely occasions. This New Year’s Morning as I conscientiously set about making black-eyed peas for luck in the coming New Year, I texted my prima to see if…
We are very pleased to share with you, word of this very timely upcoming Zoom listening event. This online multimedia project and event were produced by Manitos Project community site partner, Embudo Valley Library with the support of Manitos Project partner, Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area and their partners StoryCorps and Barrios Unidos, and features stories from Manitos communities, Dixon and Chimayo. This free listening event will take place via Zoom on Thursday, November 10th at 7pm. Please register…
Today at 4pm, New Mexico Highlands University is hosting a forum on Food Sovereignty, featuring a Welcome Land Acknowledgment by Manitos scholar Dr. Eric Romero, from the Highlands University Languages and Culture Department and Interim Director of the Native American and Hispano Cultural Studies Program.
During a recent retreat in Ahmedabad, India, our group was asked to think about a gift or blessing from our lineage that we are grateful for. In other words, what has been passed down to us from our ancestors that has served us and others well. I pondered this question for a few moments and then it came to me as clear as day…
Not long after the COVID-19 Pandemic started to sweep across the United States, early this year, The Manitos Project responded by initiating the ‘COVID-19 Digital Cuaderno’. Understanding that although everyone would have a pandemic story to tell, we wanted to make sure that Manitos voices and experiences were documented and heard amidst the sudden flurry of COVID documentation.
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.