DE SANTA FE. Once
reserved for ancient Inca royalty in the high Andes Mountains of
South America, the cashmere-like fleece of the gentle, camel-like
animal known as the alpaca is now rapidly gaining worldwide recognition
as the most ideal fiber to be found in nature.
GIRAFFE by Susan
Salvador Perez Park on St. Francis Drive does not support the vegetation
favored by animals of the African savannah, a giraffe is there to
nibble the resident trees. Citizens need not fear for the animal's
health, however, because the giraffe is a 15-foot-high painted metal
sculpture, designed for the delight of children and passers-by.
LIVING TREASURES by Mary Lou Cook. The
remarkable Living Treasures program, which originated in Santa Fe
in 1984 and now has spread to dozens of American communities, is
one of those simple ideas you wish you'd thought of sooner. MORE
ONE DAY, ONE
NIGHT by Master Storyteller Joe Hayes. Here is a story that
goes way back to the beginning of time. They say that way back then
things were very different. There was not a steady rhythm of days
and nights like there is now. Instead it might be dark for 10 years
in a row. And then light for one day. And then it could be dark
again for eight long years. And then light for one day. MORE
POTTERY BEYOND THE MILLENIUM by
Michael Hice. A freelance writer specializing
in Native American art and culture, other types of art, and travel
in the Southwest, Michael
a glimpse at some early innovators and fundamental characteristics
that have become associated with five pueblos famous for pottery.
AND DIABLO by Master Storyteller
Joe Hayes. Once in a small
mountain village there lived two men who were good friends. The
one man's name was Pedro. The other? Well-no one remembered his
name. You see, no one ever called him by his name. MORE
- THE SACRED CLOWNS by Michael Hice. At Taos Pueblošs San Geronimo
feast day, five men, bodies painted in black and white stripes,
dashed through the crowd. They wore moccasins, loincloths and black
and white striped head gear. FULL ARTICLE.
FE ON FOOT by
Elaine Pinkerton. Walking tours of Santa Fe. Several examples from
the book. MORE
CHILE CHRONICLES by
Carmella Padilla. Perhaps the only thing one
can say about chile in New Mexico is that it grows successfully
virtually everywhere, at practically every bend, bump and rise in
the road. FULL ARTICLE.
FE'S STATUS SYMBOLS by
Each society has its own status symbols, and,
of course, its status seekers. So is it also with Santa Feexcept
that here, the status symbols are loony. REST
TRAGEDY AT THE PALACE by Marc Simmons. The date Sept. 6, 1844,
was one that Santa Fe residents would long remember. On that day
a bloody battle with the Ute Indians occurred on the Plaza, and
New Mexico's Gov. Mariano Martinez narrowly escaped assassination.
REST OF STORY.
CELSO by Carmella Padilla. The photograph
is faded and fuzzy. An elderly man of small stature, his hair and
beard a shaggy gray, sits upright in a slatted wooden chair. In
his knotty right hand, he clutches a cane carved to curl into the
shape of a horse's head. His brown eyes sink like shadows between
high cheekbones and bushy brows. And a gentle, jolly smile emerges
from his lips. REST OF STORY.
DIFFERENT CITY by Richard McCord.
Santa Fe: a city like no other. It's a state capital, but it barely
has air service. It has 150 art galleries but only two public golf
courses. It is notorious for a high cost of living and a low wage
base. Its population includes a roughly equal number of dreamers
and welfare recipients (they often overlap). Its major is government,
followed closely by tourism-but there's virtually no manufacturing,
and not a smokestack in town. REST
WITH FIRE by Carmella Padilla. The early morning sun
is still mixing with shadows over Apodaca Hill when Tomas Arrey
dons a pair of faded overalls, slides heavy black gloves over his
weathered hands, and lights a pitch-and-kindling fire in his hilltop
workshop. Cold hangs in the air from the winter just past, but before
long, Arrey has perspiration dripping from beneath the blackened
brim of his well-worn hat. "If you can't stand the heat," he says
with a smirk, "get out of the fragua." REST
DANCING GRANDFATHER by Carmella Padilla. "Yee-Hah!" The
cry rips through the crowd like a firecracker on the loose as the
funny-looking figure who exclaims it skips madly between two rows
of masked dancers. Their faces veiled in brilliant strands of jewels,
beads, ribbon and fringe, the dancers move together in perfect rhythm,
perfect step. REST OF STORY.
OF A MOVIEGOER by Richard
McCord. There is talk of
a brand-new 14-screen, state-of-the-art movie multiplex on Santa
Fe's burgeoning south side. The news brought this writer a rush
of memories about the "bad old days" of film-going in this town.
And lemme tell you: They were BAD. READ
THE ELDORADO HOTEL
STORY by Malcolm Pynn. If
a hotel is to be successful, it must be part of the community in
which it is located. The Eldorado Hotel, since it opened its doors
for business in December 1985, has worked hard to integrate into
the mainstream of Santa Fe life and society. READ
WRITING COMING SOON!