Reconciliation and Re-remembering: A Community Dialogue

Today, Thursday, May 17,  5:30 to 8:30 p.m, Plaza de Española, 706 Bond Street, Española, New Mexico

Please come to a community dialogue today to hear and participate in an historical analysis and reflection on contemporary social dynamics with the intention of reconciling Hispano/Mestizo/Genizaro/Chicano identity against the narrative of Spanish-American colonial pageantry in an era of rising fascist sentiment on the global stage.

New Mexicans will be remembered for their rich legacy of resistance and honored for their resiliency. Identity will be explored to challenge the binary monolith of Spanish vs. Native to illustrate how much we have in common. The intended audience is the working class, non-college educated population of the Española Valley.

The event will consist of 10 community members, each given a 5-7 minute window for presentation. There will be music, poetry and food as well as a facilitated community dialogue. Please join us.

Hosted by Luis Peña, Mike Tórrez, Porter Swentzell, Beata Tsosie-Peña and Moises Gonzales. This is the list of community speakers:

Ana Malinalli X Gutiérrez Sisneros:
Sisneros
earned a Ph.D. from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM. Ana has spent 35 years working with underrepresented populations – undocumented immigrants and Northern New Mexico peoples all living in surrounding local communities; students from diverse backgrounds, single mothers, and people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Beata Tsosie-Peña:
Tsosie-Peña is from Santa Clara Pueblo and El Rito, NM. She is a mother, poet, seed saver, and is certified in infant massage, as an educator and in permaculture design. She is also a Green For All Fellow and has served on several local community boards. The realities of living next to a nuclear weapons complex has called her into environmental health and justice work with the local non-profit organization, Tewa Women United for the last ten years. As part of her work with TWU, she is currently managing the creation of the Española Healing Foods Oasis demonstration garden.

Elena Ortiz:
Ortiz has lived in Northern New Mexico her whole life, is a member of Ohkay Owingeh and grew up in Santa Fe. She attended the University of New Mexico and has been involved in educational travel for over 30 years. Her husband is Diné from Shiprock and they have two kids. Elena is a proud member of the Red Nation.

Hilario Romero:
Romero is a New Mexican Mestizo-Genizaro. He was a professor of History, Spanish and Education for forty-two years at Northern New Mexico College as well as the New Mexico State Historian and a former Archivist at the New Mexico State Archives. He was also the Director of Education, Employment & Training for the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council, 1982-83. During the past few years he has published a series of historical articles regarding the cultural and historical communities of northern New Mexico.

Jennifer Marley:
Marley is from the San Ildefonso Pueblo and is a student at the University of New Mexico pursuing her bachelor’s degree In Native American Studies. She is the President Of UNM’s Kiva Club and a lead organizer with The Red Nation.

Marian Naranjo:
Naranjo
is the founder and director of Honor Our Pueblo Existence (HOPE), located at Santa Clara Pueblo. The organization consists of SCP tribal Board Members and works on Environmental/Health issues of concern in and around the Tewa World and also Cultural Reclamation/Revitalization projects at the Pueblo of Santa Clara. Marian is a tribal member of Kha Po Owingeh (Santa Clara Pueblo), attended the University of New Mexico for 4 years and studied in the field of Nursing. Worked a short time at Los Alamos National Laboratory in Dosimetry, Co-founder of 4 coalition organizations. Married for 13 years and raised 4 children as a single parent. Is a lifetime traditional potter and is a grandmother of 8 grandchildren and resides at Santa Clara Pueblo.

Michael L. Trujillo:
Trujillo
is an associate professor at the University of New Mexico where he holds a joint appointment in the department of American Studies and the Chicana/o Studies program. His book, The Land of Disenchantment: Latina/o Identities and Transformations in Northern New Mexico, was released in February 2010 by the University of New Mexico Press. He is co-general editor of the Contextos Book Series at UNM Press and his writings have been published in the journals Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, Cultural Dynamics, and Oxford Latino Bibliographies. He earned a doctorate in Anthropology at the University of Texas in Austin.

Miguel A. Tórrez:
Tórrez
is a Research Technologist at Los Alamos National Laboratory working in Material Science. He earned his BS in Environmental Science from Northern New Mexico College. Tórrez also serves as the administrator of the New Mexico Genealogical Society’s (NMGS DNA Project) DNA project.

Moises Gonzales:
Gonzales is Associate Professor University of New Mexico and Genizaro Heir of the Canon de Carnue Land Grant.

Porter Swentzell:
Swettzell
is from Santa Clara Pueblo, where he grew up participating in traditional life in his community and developed an interest in language and cultural preservation. He is assistant professor of Indigenous Liberal Studies at IAIA and serves on the Board for Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute, the Native American Advised Endowment Fund and the Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project. Porter holds a Master of Arts from Western NM University and a PhD in Justice Studies from Arizona State University. Porter lives in Santa Clara Pueblo with his partner and three children.

To follow the developments involved in the genesis of this event you can go to the Reconciliation and Re-remembering Facebook page.

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