La Canoa Legacy Talks: A Lie Halfway Around the World: The Carl Taylor Murder Case

2 pm

Gabriel Meléndez of the Center for Regional Studies will discuss “A Lie Halfway Around the World,” a chapter in his book, Hidden Chicano Cinema. The chapter explores the shallow mysteries and deep complexities surrounding the death of the travel-adventurer and freelance journalist Carl N. Taylor in 1936. Taylor was murdered as he readied himself to attend a gala event in Albuquerque. What appears as a set of non-sequential links between New Mexico’s chronic poverty, its religious traditions, and its reputation as an arts mecca results in a series of unexpected outcomes that stem from the intricate and layered master-chore boy relationship that drew together “the mountain boy,” Modesto Trujillo, and his writer-employer, Carl Taylor. The real-life drama far outstripped Hollywood’s attempt to market its sensationalistic B-movie, “The Lash of the Penitentes,” designed to exploit the fears and anxieties of the nation, Taylor’s tragic death, and smudge the dignity of the neighbors Taylor had come to know and admire.
Free event, open to the public.

“Hamilton”: Changing the Way We Learn History

2 pm

During this event, teachers and teens will lead an interactive discussion (with music, video and lyrics) about why the School Library Journal calls “Hamilton” a “‘darn near perfect’ teaching tool for history” and how rap, hip hop, spoken word poetry and other popular genres can newly engage young people (and the rest of us) in learning about historical events.

The radiating effects of “Hamilton,” the musical, are wide-ranging. The rap/hip hop lyrics have drawn young people to the story of Alexander Hamilton and the birth of a nation. The musical has made a bestseller (again) of Ron Chernow’s biography of Hamilton. Poetry-lovers are finding even more space for rap and hip hop in the narrative canon. And Lin Manuel Miranda has been launched into stardom, including a 2015 MacArthur Foundation Award and a 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Drama.

“Hamilton” is also changing the way we understand history. “The primarily black and Hispanic cast reminds audiences that American history is not just the history of white people, and frequent allusions to slavery serve as constant reminders that just as the revolutionaries were fighting for their freedom, slaves were held in bondage” (The Atlantic, 2015). The musical also emphasizes the significant role that immigrants have played in the nation’s history.

This event will be facilitated by teens from Albuquerque High, teens and teachers from Bosque School, and the NHCC’s Director of History and Literary Arts Valerie Martínez.
Free public event

People Powered: New Mexicans and Social Movements

Curated by Humans of New Mexico, this exhibition features photo portraits and first person stories of everyday New Mexicans and their experiences in social movements. The intent of the exhibition is to engage community in conversation about how social movements have shaped and defined New Mexico and how New Mexicans have influenced social justice work beyond our state borders. There is a rich tradition of social justice initiatives in New Mexico. These serve as unique case studies promoting grass-roots, distinctive solutions based on the philosophy of people power. This exhibit is a community-wide effort to capture the complex issues that affect our communities and voice the everyday practices of resistance. Agency through testimonials is at the heart of “People Powered: New Mexicans and Social Movements.”

La Canoa Legacy Talks: Genízaro Ethnogenesis, Emergence, and Futurism

2 pm – 4 pm
In collaboration with UNM Center for Regional Studies

Join Associate Professor Moises Gonzales, from the University of New Mexico’s School of Architecture and Planning, as he relates the emerging story of the history, identity, and cultural evolution of the genízaro people of New Mexico during the March La Canoa Legacy Talk.

As defined by Fray Angelico Chavez, genízaro was the designation given to North American Indians of mixed tribal derivation living among the Hispanic population in Spanish fashion: that is, having Spanish surnames from their masters and Christian names through baptism, speaking a simple form of Spanish, and living together or sprinkled among the Hispanic towns and ranchos. Today the permanence of genízaro identity blurs the lines of distinction between Native and Hispanic frameworks of race and cultural affiliation. The talk will discuss the emergence of contemporary indigenous cultural production and futurism generated by genízaros in New Mexico, as well as the collective work of New Mexican genízaro scholars compiled in a forthcoming anthology co-edited by Gonzales.

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Reading & Booksigning, Historic Route 66: A New Mexican Crossroads

2 pm to 4 pm

Join authors Joseph P. Sánchez, Angélica Sánchez-Clark, and Steve Mandrgoc for a presentation of their book Historic Route 66: A New Mexican Crossroads, narrating the history of how New Mexico’s portion of Highway 66 came to be and the people who used it as a lifeline for medical purposes, food, commerce, and the transport of livestock, which together shaped the significance of Historic Route 66 to our national heritage.
Free public event

Reading & Booksigning: Diana Silva, Molé Mama; A Memoir of Love, Cooking and Loss

2 pm to 4 pm

Join author Diana Silva for a book reading and signing of Molé Mama; A Memoir of Love, Cooking and Loss about the intimate journey of Diana’s mother’s final thirteen months. She cooks her mother’s heirloom Mexican recipes every weekend while Rose presides from her nearby hospice bed and completes taste tests to ensure that Diana has perfected her favorite dishes. Rose also uses this precious time to help Diana understand the secrets to a good life: forgiveness, love, faith, and gratitude for every moment. The book includes some of Rose’s most cherished recipes, Chicken mole, Spanish rice, chili beans, enchiladas, guacamole and others. Diana Silva is a San Francisco-based author, radio host, video blogger and home chef. Her Molé Mama Recipes YouTube channel celebrates family recipes, cooking delicious meals at home and adding love to every recipe. Diving into her Latina roots, she uses her magical molcajete, and other tools and techniques that make her food taste like grandma used to make back in Mexico.
Free community event

La Canoa: Under the Canopy of the Cottonwoods of Alameda

2 pm

Dr. Jerry Gurule, Professor at the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Spanish and Portuguese UNM will present us with a vivid look at the community of Alameda.

Join us on a journey of discovery of the community of Alameda explored through history and anecdotes. Alameda was vitally linked to the Río Grande that supplied the essence of life to it and its sister communities of Los Ranchos, Corrales and Sandía Pueblo. This is, in part, a visual journey of the past and present interwoven among the “alamos” of the area. These were communities filled with their share of rapscallions and heroes, but communities we fondly referred to as “mi gente,” a people with a deep appreciation of the space they occupied.
This is a free public event

NHCC Library Latin Dance Book Collection Open House

4 pm to 6:30 pm 

The NHCC Library would like to introduce you to its recently acquired Latin Dance Book Collection, made possible through a grant from the New Mexico Library Foundation. Join us Tuesday December 5th from 6:30-8:30 pm to view the books, make free photocopies from the collection, and enjoy a dance demonstration by the Rueda505 dancers at 6:45 pm. Refreshments will be served. Or on Thursday, December 14th 4-6 pm, when once again you will be able to peruse the books, make free photocopies of pages, and enjoy refreshments.
Free public event

NHCC Library Latin Dance Book Collection Open House

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

The NHCC Library would like to introduce you to its recently acquired Latin Dance Book Collection, made possible through a grant from the New Mexico Library Foundation. Join us Tuesday December 5th from 6:30-8:30 pm to view the books, make free photocopies from the collection, and enjoy a dance demonstration by the Rueda505 dancers at 6:45 pm. Refreshments will be served. Or on Thursday, December 14th 4-6 pm, when once again you will be able to peruse the books, make free photocopies of pages, and enjoy refreshments.
Free public event

Reading & Booksigning, Borderless: The Art of Luis Tapia

2 pm to 4 pm

Join us for a panel discussion and book signing celebrating Borderless: The Art of Luis Tapia, a new book that documents pioneering Chicano artist Luis Tapia’s 45-year career in art. The first full-length study of Tapia’s work, Borderless delves deep into his artistic legacy as a celebrated and influential figure in Chicano and New Mexican art, from the early 1970s to today. Leading art historians, curators, and literary figures consider Tapia’s refined craftsmanship and insightful commentary to be visual and social touchstones for a tradition in transition. Contributors include Dana Gioia, Charlene Villaseñor Black, Lucy R. Lippard, Denise Chávez, Edward Hayes, and Director and Curator of the NHCC Art Museum, Tey Marianna Nunn.
Free with a suggested $5 donation to the museum