Stories from this issue

At the Nexus

New Mexico is a land of trails. High in the mountains are the game trails of elk and deer. At the middle altitudes are the paths that rabbits take and trails left by turkeys in the mud of riverbanks. …

If These Rocks Could Talk

LWPT: History     1225 words PG 6/6/18     “Watch out for the snake!” The students initially scatter but then calmly walk around the rock hosting a …

Chimayó Trading Post

Stepping from the bright Española sunlight into the cool adobe interior of the Chimayó Trading Post is like stepping into a bit of New Mexico history. The trading post — …

Dichos: Guideposts for Good Character

Most Sundays, when the weather is good, I take a drive with my mother to Chimayó, our querencia (home ground), the place of origin for so much of who we are. In our conversation as we travel, …

Ancient and Modern Churches Reflect Enduring Faith

No public spaces in Northern New Mexico are more reflective of local customs, the skills of homegrown artisans and particular traditions than are churches. In our ongoing look at various means and …

Names of the Northern Realm

When my inquisitive ancestors asked the Pueblo people about the geography of Taos, responses in the Tiwa and Tewa languages described a high country, or la sierra as we say it in New Mexico’s …

Anita Rodríquez Bears Down on Local Life

“If I were to go outside and stuff the dirt from this place in my mouth, it would be sweet,” says Anita Otilla Rodríguez. The enjarradora (master mud plasterer), author, painter …

Acequias: Lifeblood of the Rural North

Ask any Northern New Mexico parciante — an owner of a derecho (water right) that allows them to divert water onto their land through a compuerta (headgate) from an acequia (ditch) — if …

Foraging for Wild Foods

If you’re lucky enough to live in north-central New Mexico, you’re probably already a fan of the great outdoors. Wouldn’t you like to add a new layer to your appreciation of nature …

Art Characters 2018

Since Land Water People Time launched in 2014, more than 20 individual artists (including those featured here) have been profiled in the Art Characters series, providing a glimpse into the creative …

A Pueblo Feasting Place

If you give a man a loaf of Pueblo bread, he eats for a day. If you teach a man to make Pueblo bread, he eats for life — or at least as long as he’s in the vicinity of an horno. Here in …

The Northern Realm: Timeless Land, Beauty and Culture

“New Mexico is to be felt” is a common refrain on this exploration of north-central New Mexico. Magnificent views, serene valleys, Native culture (and native trout), hidden villages and …

Ancestral Tracks

I met Arturo Garrido, an architect from Mexico City, in September 2015. He was attending the Three Trails Conference in Santa Fe, which focused on the convergence in Santa Fe of El Camino Real de …

Land Water People Time Cultural Guide 2018

Land Water People Time — Northern New Mexico’s cultural guide features articles on "Dichos" (old folk sayings in Spanish), "Acequias: The Lifeblood of El Norte," exploring the …

Home grown: chefs and food executives with local flavor

New Mexico is all about food, with a distinctive cuisine that blends Spanish, Native American and Mexican elements together into dishes found nowhere else.

Looking back: railroads profoundly altered region

Headlines in The Weekly New Mexican newspaper on Feb. 9, 1880, declared: Santa Fe’s Triumph...

A storytelling sanctuary: Demetria Martínez’s Nuevo Mexico

Demetria Martínez’s award-winning poetry and fiction are inextricably linked to her native New Mexico...

Crypto Jews

In small villages and hamlets in the mountains of New Mexico live communities of individuals claiming descent from Jewish ancestors from Spain and Portugal. These people, often called secret Jews or …

Art Characters

Welcome to the third round of Art Characters, an original Land Water People Time annual series that profiles a handful of Northern New Mexico’s most notable and colorful artists.  …

La Bajada: Where Hope Springs Eternal

I was 27 years old in 1990 when I returned to live at my dad’s place in La Cienega.

Memorias de Manhattan

I remember my grandmother Dolores “Lola” Valdez (1915-2008) casually referring to her early work experiences outside the house in the 1940s, much like a contemporary young adult talking …

The Camino Real/Carta

The current issue of Chronicles of the Trail/Crónicas del Camino, now in its 13th year of publication, was funded by the Northern Río Grande National Heritage Area (NRGNHA) in …

Community Spirit

Two years ago, on a temporary, plain wooden door at the main entrance to San Antonio del Río Colorado (St. Anthony’s of Red River) Church in Questa, New Mexico — just a few clicks …

Cultural geography: The Galisteo Basin

When my inquisitive Spanish ancestors asked the Tewa Pueblo people about the geography south of today’s Santa Fe, responses described what was plainly obvious...

Heirloom Cultivars

Long before farmers’ markets were hip, long before artisanal foods became big business, long before the local foods movement, the people of Northern New Mexico were growing their own …

Vacation Destination

An intriguing area, rich in history and scenic beauty, awaits discovery via a perfect day trip or a series of smaller visits along a circular route through the southern reaches of Santa Fe County. …

Gateways and doors (Puertos y puertas)

About 14 miles north of Española, at Velarde, the Río Grande emerges from its massive gorge, then flows south along the foot of Mesa Prieta for some 12 miles until it converges with the …

Living down country people

When my inquisitive Spanish ancestors asked the Tewa Pueblo people about the geography south of today’s Santa Fe, responses described what was plainly obvious — a plain (pun intended). …