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Juan Estevan Arellano: In His Own Words

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Arellano teaching young people about the importance of agriculture and acequia culture. Arellano teaching young people about the importance of agriculture and acequia culture. Richard Federici
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Michael Miller

I grew up in Santa Fe in the 1950's and 60's.  I graduated from St. Mikes's in 1967. I served as Director of the New Mexico Records Center and Archives, Director of the Center for Southwest Research, UNM, and retired as Director of Research and Literary Arts at the National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico.  Today, I am involved in the preservation of New Mexico's environment and cultural heritage. I volunteer for a number of organizations and I am particularly interested in working with young people.  I believe that the traditional values of NM and the rich heritage passed on by our ancestors is one of the most important ways to reach out to our young people and help eliminate many of the social, economic, environmental, and political problems created in the 21st century.  Family values, culture, tradition, respect for the Earth, spirituality, preservation of our natural resources and traditional knowledge must be passed on to the next generation to help them cope with the world today.  I believe that it is the responsibility of every adult to mentor and nourish the minds of the young.  I enjoy flyfishing, bow hunting, farming, and the wonders of nature. Bibliography of published work is available on request. 


  • Comment Link William Mee Friday, 04 December 2015 19:19 posted by William Mee

    As you can see I love the study of Ancient Agriculture. This was my topic in my grant report: https://www.facebook.com/groups/49153171990/files/.

  • Comment Link William Mee Thursday, 18 December 2014 21:42 posted by William Mee

    Juan Estevan Arellano is a journalist, writer, and researcher known for his literary works as well as his extensive knowledge of New Mexico’s acequias. He is the author of Ancient Agriculture: Roots and Application of Sustainable Farming, a compilation and first English translation of the Obra de Agricultura by Gabriel Alonso de Herrera, the first book in the Spanish language about agriculture, written in 1513. He has served as mayordomo and commissioner of the Acequia Junta y Ciénega and is a former Concilio member of the New Mexico Acequia Association.

    As an advocate of traditional agriculture and acequia culture, he is actively involved in preserving the genetic diversity of the food traditions transmitted via the Camino Real from the Middle East, the Iberian Peninsula and Mexico. Arellano is currently working on an Acequia Handbook with architect Arnie Valdez and a book on the Chinampas in Xochimilco. In 2013, the New Mexico Community Foundation named Estevan one of ten Luminarias, a distinction awarded to people around the state who make a profound difference in their communities. Estevan has mentored ALI Dry Studio students and faculty in the Lower Embudo Valley since 2003. Estevan directs the annual symposium, Celebrando las Acequias.
    - See more at: http://aridlands.org/lead/team/profile/juan-estevan-arellano#sthash.pzwXCIPs.dpuf

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