Oral History of Kate Cisneros, Part 1

Kate was born and raised in Cerro, NM, went to school in Cerro, then Questa High School, was married at 18 and soon after became a mother of two children. She worked as a cashier for much of her life and then went into cooking, which she loves. She takes seriously her responsibilities as a mother and with her volunteer work in her community. At the time of the interview, she was the co-director of the North Central NM Food Pantry.

Date of Interview: June 14, 2018
Interviewers:
 Gaea McGahee and Claire Coté
Location: Home of Kate Cisneros, Questa
Topics: Life story, family, food pantry, community, traditional foods, family traditions, local traditions, traditional foods, food preservation, early memories, school, then and now, creativity with food

Oral History of Carrie Leven

Carrie has lived in Questa for the past 25 years, where she works as an archaeologist. An active member of the community, she participates in annual acequia cleanings, trash pick-ups, and volunteer days, and likes taking photographs of nature and community happenings like the Healing Fields and the restoration of St. Anthony’s church.

Date of Interview: April 20, 2018
Interviewers:
 Gaea McGahee and Claire Coté
Location: La Sala, 2331, Hwy 522, Questa
Topics: Seasons, seasonal events and rhythms, acequias, archaeology, trails, Kiowa Trail, Forest Service, Earth Day, St. Anthony’s Church, El Magre

Oral History of Flavio Cisneros, Part 1

Flavio Cisneros is a retired history teacher, veteran, community leader and wonderful cook, committed to recreating traditional foods from his childhood in Questa.

Date of Interview: May 31, 2018
Interviewers:
Gaea McGahee and Claire Cote
Location: Home of Flavio Cisneros
Topics: Life story, family, local oratorio, 1918 flu pandemic, traditional foods, local traditions, early memories, military service, education, life philosophy

(1 hour 24 mins)

Dia de los Muertos Stories

On Nov 1st, OCHO Art + event Space in Questa overflowed with activity, color, music, delicious food and a diverse group of guests. We honored loved ones and ancestors with ritual and celebration by gathering the living for Questa’s second annual collaborative Dia de los Muertos celebration. This full, late afternoon and evening party included art and altars, Aztec dancers, a community feast, music by Questa High School Mariachi, sugar-skull-making, print-making, face painting, the Dead Letter Office and more! OCHO was filled to capacity (approximately 150 people) and participants represented a broad cross-section of the Questa community and beyond.