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May programs at Coronado Monument

On May 19, 2:00 p.m., Julian T. Garcia of Santa Ana Pueblo will talk about his tribe’s migration route from Mesa Verde to their present-day homeland of Tamaya near Bernalillo. He will also talk about the metallurgy and smelting traditions practiced by the tribe at Pa-a-ku, their ancestral home. 

The Pueblo of Santa Ana is a Native American tribe with reservation lands that cover 73,000 acres east and west of the Río Grande and is home to about five hundred residents.

The price for adults is $5; students and members of the Friends of Coronado State Monument are free. No reservations required.

From March 27 through August a new fine art exhibit will be on display. “Adobe—a Tradition of New Mexico” will display 17 works by Manville Chapman (1903-1978), a New Deal, Federal Artist Project (FAP) supervisor for northeastern NM, on loan from the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe. The exhibit works with the Monument’s efforts to preserve the adobe pueblo buildings found at Kuaua in 1934. Normal site entrance fees will apply: adults 17 and older are $3; NM Residents are free on Sundays; NM seniors free on Wednesdays; and members of the Friends of Coronado are free. Coronado State Monument is at 485 Kuaua Road, Bernalillo, NM,1.5 miles west of the I-25 exit 242, off Hwy 550. For more information, call 867-5351, or visit

Historical Society presents musician Consuelo Luz

Consuelo Luz has been called, “a shining star in the firmament of Sephardic music.” Through her music, Luz explores her journey from a Cuban-Chilean Catholic upbringing to discovering and owning her Jewish roots in New Mexico, reflected in her CDs Dezeo and Adio. In both albums, she transforms ancient Sephardic Jewish prayers and ballads into a passionate marriage of Jewish and Latin soul. Her sultry voice has been compared to Anita Baker and Celia Cruz.

Telling the story of the Crypto Jews and Converso journey and integration with the Indo-American heritage, Consuelo weaves in personal stories of her and her family, along with her multicultural influences and uses the power of sound to heal and transform.

Consuelo’s new album, Missing Water, has been described as “a cross between Sarah Mclachlan and Enya with a deeper message and a Latin edge.” Imagine: live rock band meets South American angels at a peace rally somewhere between the 60s and timelessness. This is a special program featuring a very unique artist.

The concert will be held on May 5, at 2:00 p.m., at the DeLavy House (exit 242 from I-25, go west on Hwy 550 to the new I-Hop restaurant and the west entrance to the Phillips gas station, then north on the gravel road to 151 Edmond Road). Admission is $5. Free for members.

Heritage Day in Corrales

On May 18, inside the adobe walls of Casa San Ysidro, the colors, traditions, and music of historic New Mexico will spring to life. From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., visitors may talk with a traditional blacksmith as he works the forge, watch a bread-baking demonstration in the adobe horno, and see how generations of New Mexicans spun wool from churro and other sheep. A traditional arts mercado will feature well-known artists.

The Corrales Historical Society simultaneously hosts free activities at the Old Church across the street from Casa San Ysidro, highlighting the Village’s agricultural heritage.

For more information about the event at Casa San Ysidro, and the historic casa, go to or call 897-8828.

Author O’Keefe relays the Battle of Little Big Horn

After many years of research and writing, the Arthur H. Clark Publishing Company, an imprint of the University of Oklahoma Press, released a two-volume set of a massive bibliography entitled: Custer, the Seventh Cavalry, and the Little Big Horn: A Bibliography. The set was compiled by Michael O’Keefe, a Placitas resident. O’Keefe knew Brice C. Custer, the great nephew of General Custer and has been given the Little Big Horn Associates John M. Carroll Book of the Year Award. He has also been nominated for the U.S. Army Histoical Foundation’s Distinguished Writer of 2012 Award. On May 11, 2013, at 2:00 p.m., Michael O’Keefe will give a presentation at the Placitas Community Library on the Battle of Little Big Horn. All are invited to attend.

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