Alejandro Mendiaz, “Speaking Truth to Power: UndocuTalks”

11 am

This talk is part of the educational programming related to People Powered: New Mexicans and Social Movements.

UndocuTalks is a podcast that was developed as a virtual space where undocumented youth can independently share news, knowledge, and culture with other undocumented youth and allies.  Alejandro Mendiaz is a co-founder of UndocuTalks and a host of the UndocuNews segment that aims to share important information with our immigrant communities in a healthy dose of digestible pieces of information that combat the constant stressful bombardment of immigration-related, sensationalized news. Alejandro and the UndocuTalks collective sees podcasting as revolutionary medium that can inform our social movements in New Mexico, the U.S., and internationally.

La Canoa: Mulattos of Cochiti: Caste in Spanish New Mexico

2 pm

Please join Deputy State Historian Rob Martinez, as he examines the role of racial mixing, identity, and the categorizing of humans living in Spanish Colonial New Mexico. The approach will be through the lens of the casta, or caste system. Historical research, genealogy, and DNA all converge to provide a clearer understanding of Hispano roots in New Mexico, as well as in Latino-Meso America and Hispanic Europe.

Deputy State Historian Rob Martinez is a native New Mexican born and raised in Albuquerque. A graduate of the University of New Mexico with a B.B.A. in International Business Management, Rob went on to pursue his interest in New Mexican culture and history at UNM, earning an M.A. in Latin American history, with an emphasis on church, cultural, and social practices of the Spanish Colonial period in New Mexico. Mr. Martinez worked for fourteen years as a research historian for the Sephardic Legacy Project, scouring civil and church archives in New Mexico, Mexico, Spain, France, Italy, Cuba, and Puerto Rico, analyzing documents for a research and publishing project about the Crypto-Jewish phenomenon in New Mexico and the Caribbean. Rob has presented papers and lectures on his research at the University of New Mexico as well as history conferences throughout the southwestern United States. He has also spoken to historical groups in New Mexico such as the Hispanic Genealogical Research Center of New Mexico, the Albuquerque Historical Society, and the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies about research methodology, unique findings, New Mexico Hispanic culture, and general History of New Mexico. Mr. Martinez is also a folk musician, performing and promoting New Mexican Hispanic musical traditions for the past twenty years with his brother Lorenzo and their father Roberto Martinez in the group Los Reyes de Albuquerque. With his musical family, he has performed in all parts of New Mexico, and on multiple occasions has presented music and New Mexican culture at the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival in Washington, D.C., the NEA’s National Heritage Fellowship Awards, and also at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Henry Jake Foreman: “Changing Tides in Indigenous Arts and Community–Indigenous Models for Entrepreneurial Development

11 am

This talk is part of the educational programming related to People Powered: New Mexicans and Social Movements.

The fourth in our People-Powered (New Mexicans in Social Movements) Series features Henry Jake Foreman.  Henry Foreman uses traditional, Indigenous models of knowledge production along with contemporary practices.  He is the founder of the Karuna Colectiva that mentors youth in Albuquerque.  Indigenous methodologies and epistemologies guide his philosophical and research approaches to working with youth and communities to promote the health of our biosphere. He recently graduated with his Masters from the UNM Community and Regional Planning program. Since graduating he has successfully completed his teacher licensure program, the Native Entrepreneur in Residence Program, through New Mexico Community Capital.

Writing Our Lives

6-8 pm

Join us to celebrate the conclusion of our spring memoir writing workshop with a reading by Ymelda Baca, Patricia Clark, Evelyn Fernandez, María Leyba, Regina Manocchio, Steve Morrow, Elaine Reyes and Leanna Torres who will read excerpts from their memoirs in-progress. For ten weeks, these writers have been writing their lives. Come and listen to the results and celebrate our NHCC writers.


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