Interview with Michael Rael Parts 1 & 2

Michael Rael was born in 1950 and raised in Questa , New Mexico. Mr. Rael is the Judge for the village of Questa. Michael started playing music at the age of 13 and has collaborated with a wide variety of Northern New Mexico Musicians. His love for the music shines every time he is on stage.

Interviewee Name: Michael Rael
Interview Date: April 12th, 2021
Interviewer: Chris Arellano
Interview Location: Michael’s office in Questa, New Mexico
Topic covered: Michael’s long history as a local and traveling musician

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This interview is part of Northern New Mexico Music: Past and Present, a project of the nonprofit, Questa Creative Council, dedicated to strengthening community through arts, culture, history, and education. This project is supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts and Taos Community Foundation.

Interview with Bernie Torres Parts 1 & 2

Bernie Torres was born and raised in Amalia, New Mexico. In 1963, after his family moved to Costilla, he started his own tradition of Dando Los Dias a tradition that dated back hundreds of years. Bernie is married to Gladys Torres. Bernie, Gladys and their kids, Brian and Jeff, also participate in this annual event. Bernie is a very active member of his community in Costilla and owns a successful trucking company.

Interview Date:  April 11th, 2021
Interviewer: Chris Arellano
Interview Location: Bernie Torres’ home in Costilla, New Mexico
Topics covered: Bernie’s  long history with Los Dias, music, community, local traditions, Costilla, Amalia

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This interview is part of Northern New Mexico Music: Past and Present, a project of the nonprofit, Questa Creative Council, dedicated to strengthening community through arts, culture, history, and education. This project is supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts and Taos Community Foundation.

Interview with Ernesto Marquez, Part 1, 2 & 3

Ernesto Marquez was raised in Des Montes / Arroyo Seco New Mexico. Ernie is part of  Padre Jesus de Nazareno Arroyo Seco La Morada de Nuestra Soledad. Ernie’s Grandfather, Gabriel Marquez Senior, was also part of the Arroyo Seco Morada de Nuestra Soledad. Ernie is also a member of Grupo Mezcal, an award winning and touring band based in Taos NM.  Grupo Mezcal was formed around 1983.

Interview Date: March 4th, 2021
Interviewer: Chris Arellano
Interview Location: Ernesto Marquez’s his home in Arroyo Seco, New Mexico

Interview Topics: Ernie’s history with La Morada Brotherhood and his history as a contemporary musician in New Mexico

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Interviewee Name: Ernesto Marquez

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This interview is part of Northern New Mexico Music: Past and Present, a project of the nonprofit, Questa Creative Council, dedicated to strengthening community through arts, culture, history, and education. This project is supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts and Taos Community Foundation.

Interview with Joseph Marquez, Part 1 & 2

Joseph Marquez was born in Española New Mexico on October 30th, 1944. Joseph was married to Florence Marquez (deceased). His 3 daughters are Lori (deceased) Eliza, and Desiree. Joseph grew up in Costilla, NM.  He has been a member of the  Morada, La Cofradia de Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno, in Garcia, Colorado for 54 years. La Cofradia de Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno was established in 1599 in San Miguel, New Mexico (currently Española, New Mexico). Jospeh currently lives in Albuquerque, NM with his kids Eliza and Desiree Marquez.

Date of Interview:
January, 13 2021
Interviewer:
Chris Arellano (nephew), part of the 
Location of Interview:
Joseph’s home in Albuquerque, NM
Topics and places covered in interview: Joseph’s history with La Morada Brotherhood, Los Penitentes, Alabados and the musical traditions

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This interview is part of Northern New Mexico Music: Past and Present, a project of the nonprofit, Questa Creative Council, dedicated to strengthening community through arts, culture, history, and education. This project is supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts and Taos Community Foundation.

Camphor Bottles from Lovedia Quintana Cisneros [Audio]

Loveida Quintana Cisneros shares bottles of whiskey infused with camphor, a traditional medicine for common ailments.

Loveida Quintana Cisneros brought these bottles to a Community Memory and Story Sharing Event on July 8, 2018. The event was organized by Questa Stories and the Questa History Trail and held at the VFW Hall in Questa. In this audio recording, Loveida talks about the bottles of whiskey infused with camphor from her mother used for common ailments.

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)