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Beverly Singer, 277-3027
Carol Anne Brannan, 277-5963
Michael Padilla, 277-1816

October 1, 2001

UNM Hosts New Mexico Land and Water Festival

The University of New Mexico Maxwell Museum of Anthropology and the Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies are sponsoring a festival to honor land and water issues in New Mexico Saturday, Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event, “Celebrate Autumn at the Maxwell: New Mexico Land and Water Festival,” is free and open to the public and will be held on the UNM campus at the Maxwell Museum. The festival features various talks, presentations and hands-on activities.

Mari Lyn Salvador, head curator of the Maxwell Museum, said she encourages everyone to partake in this community event by enjoying food, arts, music and conversation. She said roasted corn, chile, hot apple cider, green chile stew, Indian tacos will be available. Salvador encourages everyone to enjoy New Mexico’s autumn by participating in a pumpkin carving contest, horseshoe competition or learning to rope a hay bale.

Nick and Sara Truske of Rondalla de Albuquerque.

Michelle Sandia from Jemez Pueblo will bake bread in the Maxwell’s horno. Rondalla de Albuquerque, a 25 member band, will play traditional Hispanic and Latin American music. Diego Lopez from Espanola will paint retablos and artist Basia Irland will present slides of a “Gathering of Waters,” from the headwaters of the Rio Grande to Mexico.

Salvador said a mid-afternoon forum will bring together distinguished guests to discuss contemporary issues and concerns regarding land and water in New Mexico. Amigdio Ballon from Bolivia will talk about native crops and medical plants in northern New Mexico and Lois Ellen Frank will present slides about the history of corn. An opportunity to talk with representatives from groups involved with acequias, native plants, organic agriculture and the preservation of heirloom seeds and restoration of the Rio Grande watershed will be given.

For more information, call 277-3027 or 277-5963.

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