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Current Issue: September 22, 2003
Volume 39, Number 5

San Ysidro images on exhibit

UNM’s Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies and the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology will present the exhibition "Images of San Ysidro" at the Maxwell Museum and the Hibben Center, located south of the museum, through the month of April.

The work of the santeros exhibited expresses innovation, complex use of materials and a variety of ways to interpret one important santo of New Mexico - San Ysidro the patron saint of farmers and agriculture.

Processions and fiestas devoted to San Ysidro celebrate the annual blessing of the waters in communities using acequias, irrigation ditches built during the colonial period throughout the middle and upper Rio Grande Valley. It expresses how inhabitants of New Mexico have endowed and continue to endow land and water as “place” with significance.

Rituals about “place,” are enacted in many locations and are expressed and represented through songs and stories that narrate feelings and memories. The San Ysidro ritual complex ties together multiple communities into a cultural region, and has persisted and reinvented itself in these places both by accommodating changes as well as by conserving and expressing tradition.

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