Biographies/People (85)

Friday, 05 October 2018 00:04

Basque Sheep Herders in New Mexico

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Many of the northern New Mexico sheepherders were Basque. They seemed to have no problem with the months of isolation and always had a dog or two for sheep control and company. Near the top of the trail from Cuba to San Pedro Parks there are a large number of aspen trees with Basque carvings (some pornographic) which was one way these guys occupied their time.

About 25 years ago, Kathy, a close female friend, and I backpacked into a high mountain lake near Platoro, Colorado. Shortly after establishing our camp, a Basque sheepherder, his flock, and his dogs set up camp on the other side of the lake. He came over that evening to visit. He spoke only Basque and Spanish, so our friend, who spoke Spanish, became the interpreter. He was young (early 30s?) and could not understand why our friend wasn't with a man. We kept expecting him to make a move on her, but he was very polite. That night, we slept surrounded by sheep, and, by the time the sun rose the next morning, they were gone.  We stayed another night, but he didn't return.

Wednesday, 08 November 2017 17:35

El Vaquerito

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I've always wanted to and was encouraged to share my experience growing up in Santa Fe and environs of the Pecos wilderness during my childhood. In writing it I chose a child's voice in this story because of the innocence and awe that we all have, with just a bit shamanistic wisdom.

You can download the entire story below.

Monday, 16 January 2017 15:14

Introducing "El Vecino"

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Introducing Eddie Campos aka "El Vecino". Eddie is a farmer from the El Rito/Ojo Caliente area. He provides generational knowledge that has been passed down for decades in the Rio Arriba. He learned these agricultural techniques from his father and grandfather and is now teaching them to his grandson. He is a friend and colleague who shares agricultural knowledge with his community. We exchange seeds and "farming tips" and learn from each other. He is an excellent farmer and is well known in the community.  Eddie and I write a monthly column for the Rio Grande Sun in Espanola. His column is called "El Vecino."  My column  is called Tradiciones y Historias. Thank you Eddie for all the knowledge you have shared over the years.   

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