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Stories Mar-Apr 2014

Theresa Silva
We were sad to hear of Theresa's passing on April 17. A Memorial is on Sat., Apr. 26, 2014 at 10 AM at the Taos Foursquare Church, 223 Camino De La Merced, with burial at the Arroyo Hondo cemetery.

"Cuentos de mi Valle"
Below are a few of the beautiful stories she told for Cultural Energy.

Where my stories come from
Listen to "Rosalia"
Cuentos de Mi Valle Jan 08
Cuentos de mi Valle Oct 07
Cuentos de mi Valle Aug 07
Cuentos de mi Valle Apr 05
Cuentos de Mi Valle Mar 05
Cuentos de mi Valle Nov 06
Cuentos de mi Valle Oct 06


Joanne Campbell, elder of the Coast Miwok tribe, speaks at the memorial for Mary E. T. Collier in Muir Beach along with Beverly Ortiz & Betty Goerke.
Beverly Ortiz
Joanne Campbell 4:38
Betty Goerke 1:50
Stories Jan-Feb 2014
Loss of Agricultural Tax Exemptions
Forum with the Taos County Assessor, Darlene Vigil, and Chief Appraiser Nick Sanchez, moderated by David Fernandez. Held at the Kit Carson Coop Meeting Room, Feb 3, 2014.
Agricultural Taxes Part 1 1:07:02
Agricultural Taxes Part 2 1:17:44

Recorded & normalized by Robin Collier

Marcella Cordova, from Chamisal and Candido Valerio from Los Cordovas speak about the current challeges to ranching and farming, and the impact of the potential loss of agricultural tax exemption. Darlene Vigil, Nick Sanchez and David Fernandez listen. Robin Collier photos
Stories Nov-Dec 2013
A musical version of the poem by Lewis Carroll, fromThrough the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, in honor of his birthday on January 27. Composed by Joanne Forman, sung by bass-baritone Christopher Wyndham, with pianist Martha Grossman.A production of User Friendly Music. Jabberwocky 3:23

For more Lewis Carroll visit the Lewis Carroll Society of North America

March in Support of Elias Montoya from Taos Plaza
2 mile march of about 100 people in freezing weather on Dec. 8 to NM State Police. Elias Montoya's employment was terminated by the NM State Police on Dec 6.

Eugene Sanchez Statement 3:02
Opening of March 2:13
Close of March 2.02

Photos & recording by Robin Collier

March to NM State Police
Dec. 1 to denounce excessive use of force in Oct. 28 traffic stop of Oriana Ferrell and her 5 children on Hwy 518 in Pot Creek area.

Presentation to NM State Police Chief Pete Kassetas by Patrick Trujillo & Rivera Sun 7:31

Counter-protester's Discussion on Shooting 2:58

Photos & recording by Robin Collier

Rick Romancito films marchers

Supporters of the State Police action

Patrick Trujillo gives letter to Pete Kasseta

Rivera Sun reads her statement
Theresa Pasqual
Pueblo Land, Cultural Resources and the US Government: A Century of Change
Director of Acoma Pueblo's Historic Preservation Office. Speaking at SMU in Taos
July 30 2013
Intro by Mark Adler 2:27
Theresa Pasqual 1:01:52
Q & A 24:33
Recorded by Robin Collier
Edited by Spence Stall
Erin McGaffigan
Inclusion in Public Decisions
How to make sure everyone is involved and what can go wrong, as it does in most public meetings.
National Participant Network
June 21, 2013.
Intro 5:27
Erin McGaffigan 1:11:14
Q & A 7:55
Recorded by Robin Collier
Edited by Spence Stall
Maureen McCoy
Sentimental Deportation
John Nichols
How my Mother Came Out West
From a memoir in progress about John's parents
SOMOS Summer Writer's Series Aug 14, 2013.
McCoy intro by Nichols 10:32
Maureen McCoy 29:52
Nichols intro by McCoy 5:51
John Nichols 39:00
Q & A 3:58
Recorded by Robin Collier
Edited by Spence Stall
Stories Aug-Oct 2013
David Barsamian in Taos
What We Say Goes:
Media & U.S. Foreign Policy
Wednesday October 23.
Harwood Museum of Art 7 pm

Benefit for Cultural Energy
in collaboration with the UNM Harwood Museum of Art
Co-sponsored by Code Pink Taos, Peace Action New Mexico & Veterans for Peace Taos
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$10 donation $8 Harwood Alliance members, no one turned away for lack of funds. Advance tickets at the Harwood

David interviews historian Eduardo Galeano. Robin Collier photo

Barsamian will explore the history of U. S. imperialism and predatory capitalism and the “Obama Doctrine” in relation to traditional U.S. rules of engagement, and mass media's role in drumming up support for violent means to uncertain ends. Barsamian sets the historical context of U. S. complicity in the death squads of the mid 1960’s in Indonesia revealed in “The Act of Killing,” the chilling documentary film to be screened at the Harwood, Oct. 24/25. Does this complicity continues to this day?

David Barsamian in Española Capitalism & the Environment

Saturday October 25. 3:30-4:30 with Clayton Thomas-Muller David will speak at the Four Bridges Conference at Northern College with keynote by Vandana Shiva.

Embudo Land Grant

Talk by Estevan Arrellano on the Embudo Land Grant and Acequias. with discussion from the community. Dixon April 21, 2013.
Estevan Arellano Part 1 1:03:22
Estevan Arellano Part 2 39:42
On the Commons & Heirship 2:57

Acequias and the Future of Resilience in Global Perspective
March 2 - 3, 2013 NMSU - CNH Symposium & Workshop Conference, Las Cruces, NM
Welcome & Introductions

Sam Fernald 2:48
Water Resources Research Institute
Vimal Chaitanya 8:12
Vice President for Research, New Mexico State University
Sylvia Rodríguez 5:28
University of New Mexico

All pdf slides are copyrighted by the presentors, their organizations, or their sources.
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Recorded by Robin Collier
Edited & Normalized by Spence Stall. Thanks to Miguel Santistevan, AIRIE, NMSU, NMAA, Guido Lambelet and Mike Scarborough for financial support in recording the conference.

CNH Panels:
A Multidisciplinary Approach to Acequias

Alcalde Acequia - NMSU Sustainable Agriculture Science Center

Session 1: Multi-Theme Data Acquisition
Moderater Andres Cibils 2:01
Mexico State University

Acequia Hydrology Foundations of Community Resilience to Changing Climate and Land Use
Sam Fernald 16:41
Water Resources Research Institute
Fernald Slides pdf © 2013

Ecosystem Services, Faunal Biodiversity and Vegetation Dynamics in Response to ForecastedLand-Use and Climate Change within the Upper Rio Grande
Ken Boykin 12:06
New Mexico State University
Boykin Slides pdf © 2013

The Acequia Model: Local Knowledge and Sociocultural Adaptation in the Northern Rio Grande Watershed Commons
José Rivera 21:25
University of New Mexico
Rivera Slides pdf © 2013

Data Panel Q & A 11:22

Acequia Cleaning, Guerrero, Mexico
Source: Jacinta Palerm

Session 2: Data Integration and Modeling the Interplay of Social, Cultural, Economic, and Environmental Factors in an Acequia Community
Moderated by Sylvia Rodríguez

Monitoring and Modeling Hydrologic Connectivity in Semi-Arid Watersheds
Carlos Ochoa 16:01
New Mexico State University
Ocha Slides pdf © 2013

Acequia Perspectives on Climate-Change and Population Growth and the Perspectives of Preparedness and Adaptation
Brian Hurd 16:46
New Mexico State University
Hurd Slides pdf © 2013

Modeling the Hydrologic/ Ecologic/ Economic/ Social Dynamics of Small Scale Community Irrigation Systems (Acequias)
Vince Tidwell 16:15
Sandia National Laboratories
Tidwell Slides pdf © 2013

Modeling Panel Q & A 29:44

Session 3: Spain, United States, Chile
Moderated by Devon G. Peña, University of Washington in Seattle

Deven Peña Panel Intro 3:15

Encounters with the Moral Economy of Water: Convergent Evolution and Diffusion in Valencia
Paul Trawick
Idaho State University
Trawick Slides © 2013

Safeguarding Valencian Acequias: History and Values of a Millennial Water Sharing Culture
Luis Pablo Martínez
Directorate General of Cultural Heritage, Valencia, Spain
Martínez Slides © 2013

Society and Hydrology in a Chilean Andean Watershed: How Poor Knowledge of the Hydrological System Produces Social Conflicts
José Luis Arumí
Universidad de Concepción, Chillán, Chile
Arumí Slides © 2013

The Effects of Social and Economic Disturbances on the Taos Acequias of Northern New Mexico
Michael Cox
Dartmouth College
Cox Slides © 2013

Q & A 33:08
Closing Remarks 5:26
Sam Fernald, Sylvia Rodríguez

Session 4: Bali, Mexico, Morocco
Moderated by Steve Guldan, New Mexico State University

Regime Shifts in the Morning of the World
Steve Lansing
University of Arizona, Santa Fe Institute
No Slides

Visible and Invisible Self-Managed Irrigation Organizations
Jacinta Palerm
Colegio de Postgraduados, Mexico-Texcoco
Palerm Slides © 2013

Irrigation Management in Pre-Saharan Morocco: Some Perspectives from the Assag(q)yas of the Ziz Oasis
Hsain Ilahiane
University of Kentucky
Ilahiane Slides © 2013

Modern assaguiya, Morocco
Source: Hasain Ilahiane

Is the Crafting of Self-Governing Irrigation Institutions in the XXth Century Following Elinor Ostrom’s Principles Still Relevant in the Beginning of the XXI Century?
Thierry Ruf
Supagro-Institut des régions chaudes, Montpellier, France
Ruf Slides © 2013

Roundtable Discussion/Q & A 16:46

New Mexico Acequia Workshop

Co-chaired by José Rivera and Quita Ortiz, in which scholars and activists are invited to formulate and propose an agenda of research and policy based on new insight.

aqueduct near Valencia, Spain
Source: Luis Pablo Martínez
Photo: Petercero

Stories March 2013

Town Manager, Oscar Rodriguez
Taos County Commission
Annexation & Command Center
Mar 11 2012 meeting
Audio minimally edited, due to error first portion of Arsenio Cordova's comment is missing
Public Comment 18:04
Staff-Commission 1:13:52
Exec Session-Lease 50:38
Recorded/edited by Robin Collier
Town of Taos Council meeting on 911 Lease & Airport annexation
The town voted Mar 12, 2012 to sign a lease for the 911 facility from Kit Carson Electric Coop and to annex the airport & Hwy 64. Both El Prado S.&W. & Taos County promise legal challenges to the annexation.
Public Comment General 16:46
911 Kit Carson Lease 19:46
Matt Foster airport 11:02
Public on annexation 1:02:49
County Presentation 31:07
Council discussion/vote 1:14:17
Recorded/edited by Robin Collier
Stories February 2013
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Compadrazco: Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo & Beyond
Celebration of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, Española, Feb. 23, 2013
Taos High Schools Poets
Vista Grande, Taos Academy, Chrysalis, Taos High School
Somos Winter Writers Series
Feb 21 2013 Intro by Jan Smith
Intro 2:50
Poets 1:20:36
Thanks 3:43
Recorded by Robin Collier
Edited by Spence Stall
Pilar Trujillo 11:07
Adam Baca 1:17
Estevan Arellano 25:00
Panel Thanks 0:49
Mike Scarborough 34:06
Mike Q & A - Ending 7:00
Recorded & Normalized by Robin Collier
Some presentations are handicapped by use of Power Point which is slowly destroying our oral traditions & skills
Economic Development
Workshop Feb 19 2012 for the Town of Taos "Re-Vision 20/20" plan. Pauses without content for SWOP public input edited out
Economic Development 1:42:41
Recorded & normalized by Robin Collier

Joint work study by Town of Taos, Taos County & Kit Carson Electric Coop
Command Center &
Airport Annexation
Tuesday Feb 12 2012
Command Center Part 1 58:54
Command Center Part 2 1:09:38
Airport Funding/Annexation 1:02:47
Acoustics in Commission Chambers are very bad. Recorded by Robin Collier
Edited by Spence Stall

Crimes Against Peace
Allen Ferguson, JD, MFA
Harvey Solomon Lecture Series
Feb 9, Intro by George Jaramillo
Intro 2:10
Crimes Against Peace 57:26
Q & A 31:45
Recorded by Robin Collier
Edited by Spence Stall

Airport Annexation
Taos Planning Commission hearing on annexation of Airport & Rt 64
Feb 5 2012
Hearing was continued to Mar 6
Full Hearing 1:13:19
Recorded & normalized by Robin Collier

Allegra Houston
Lara Santoro
SOMOS Winter Writers Series
Jan 31 2013 Intro by Jan Smith
Intro 8:31
Allegra & Lara 51:54
Q & A 2:25
Recorded by Robin Collier
Edited by Spence Stall

What Activists Can Do
Robert Naiman - Santa Fe
of Just Foreign Policy & President of Hosted by Amnesty International Feb 5 2013
Intro 1:31
Robert Naiman 47:04
Q & A 27:53
Recorded & edited by Robin Collier

Stories January 2013
Dr. Sylvia Rodriguez

In Santa Fe for Amigos Bravos
Jan 15 2013
Introduced by Sawnie Morris
Amigos Bravos Intros 7:15
Sylvia Rodriquez 46:29
The NMAA trailer is here
NMAA Mayordomo Project
Q & A 18:12
Recorded by Robin Collier
Edited by Spence Stall

Dr. Rodriguez spoke about her work with NMSU on an interdisciplinary study of acequias and her work with the New Mexico Acequia Assocation on training new Mayordomos.

The talk gives a taste of the major international conference "Acequias and the Future of Resilience in Global Perspective" March 2-3 in Las Cruces

The Chile Assoc. lobbyist, Charlie Marquez, jokes that he is sick from eating some organic food. Expert witness Louie Hena from Tesuque Pueblo with sponsor Senator Peter Wirth.
SB 18 GMO Labeling
Hearing in the NM Senate Public Affairs Committee Jan 29, 2012
on SB 18 sponsored by Senator Peter Wirth to require labeling of foods with Genetically Modified organism (GMO) content. Bill text
Full hearing 1:17:35
Recorded by Robin Collier & edited by Spence Stall
The bill passed with no reccomendation and was to go to the Judiciary, but on the Senate floor Jan 30 was instead sent to Corporation & Transportation and the Public Affairs report was not adopted, effectively killing the bill.

In progress - being edited this week "Remarkable Women of Words Festival" from Apr 14, 2012

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: Theresa Silva
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