Audio Report: Sylvia Rodríguez Speaks on Acequias, Science and Community

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OSE 1919 Map 10 Detail B
This illustration is based on an Office of the State Engineer hydrographic survey map from the early 1900s. It evidences a crude approach to quantification in contrast with approaches discussed by Dr. Rodriguez in her talk. Illustration by Eric Shultz


Sylvia Rodríguez’s ground-breaking scholarship goes beyond conventional conceptions of acequia culture into a realm we might call acequia consciousness. Professor Emerita of Anthropology at UNM, Rodríguez also recently headed the Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies. This past January 15, the New Mexico watershed protection organization Amigos Bravos hosted a talk in Santa Fe in which Rodríguez connected the latest science on acequias with efforts such as the New Mexico Acequia Association’s Mayordomo Project for maintaining local traditional acequia knowledge.

We hear Dr. Rodríguez’s talk introduced by Amigos Bravos’s Sawnie Morris and followed by questions and answers with the audience.

Sylvia Rodriguez Part One

Sylvia Rodriguez Part Two

Thanks to Amigos Bravos for allowing this recording.


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