Louisa Aragon – Moly Mine Childhood

In this segment of in the Voices de Aquí series, Louisa Aragon shares memories of her childhood experiences living with her family in “company housing” near the Moly Mine between Questa and Red River, near Columbine Canyon.

Thank you Louisa Aragon, for sharing these memories of your childhood and family; it is a gift to those listening now and in the future. Your memories add to our understanding and appreciation of the history and heritage of Questa.

This story was recorded at the Questa Youth Center during a meeting of the Questa Quilters Guild on Novermber 13, 2019; recording and editing by Claire Coté. Learn more about Questa Quilters Guild HERE.

This summer, we’re listening together to the voices of our neighbors; every week we share a different short story from our community with Voices de Aquí. Join us for the short broadcasts at Questa Farmers Market on Sundays or here, on our website.

Huge thanks to our collaborators at Questa Farmers Market, Gaea McGahee and all the musicians at the market for allowing us to plug into their sound system to broadcast the Voices de Aquí weekly segments.

We are also grateful to our funders! Voices de Aquí is made possible by support from the LANL Foundation Community Outreach Grant, Chevron Grants for Good and Taos Community Foundation IMPACT Grant.

Benita Rael – Grandfather’s Woven Rug

In this segment of in the Voices de Aquí series, Benita Rael shares her grandfather’s beautiful woven rug-blanket.

Benita shared this object story on July 8, 2018 at the Memory Gathering Event facilitated by Dr. Estevan Rael-Gálvez, at the Questa VFW. This collaborative event was hosted as part of the development of the Questa History Trail (a project of the Questa Creative Council); Questa Stories team supported the event hosting and was on scene recording stories and scanning photographs; the event was also part of an early stage of the Manitos Community Memory Project.

Huge thanks to our collaborators at Questa Farmers Market, Gaea McGahee and all the musicians at the market for allowing us to plug into their sound system to broadcast the Voices de Aquí weekly segments.

We are also grateful to our funders! Voices de Aquí is made possible by support from the LANL Foundation Community Outreach Grant, Chevron Grants for Good and Taos Community Foundation IMPACT Grant.

Flavio Cisneros – Matrimonial Letter

In this segment of in the Voices de Aquí series, Flavio Cisneros shares a letter written in 1925, requesting the marriage of his mother, Corina Gonzales (later Cisneros) to Francisco Cisneros. See more images and info HERE.

Flavio shared this object story on July 8, 2018 at the Memory Gathering Event facilitated by Dr. Estevan Rael-Gálvez, at the Questa VFW. This collaborative event was hosted as part of the development of the Questa History Trail (a project of the Questa Creative Council); Questa Stories team supported the event hosting and was on scene recording stories and scanning photographs; the event was also part of an early stage of the Manitos Community Memory Project.

Huge thanks to our collaborators at Questa Farmers Market, Gaea McGahee and all the musicians at the market for allowing us to plug into their sound system to broadcast the Voices de Aquí weekly segments.

We are also grateful to our funders! Voices de Aquí is made possible by support from the LANL Foundation Community Outreach Grant, Chevron Grants for Good and Taos Community Foundation IMPACT Grant.

Lillyana Cisneros – Photos of Home

In this fourth segment in the Voices de Aquí series, Lillyana Cisneros describes Questa, her home, through photos she’s taken. This story was recorded in Questa during the Vida Camp 2021. Watch the object story video of Lilliana HERE.*

Lillyana Cisneros

This summer, we’re listening together to the voices of our neighbors; every week we share a different short story from our community with Voices de Aquí. Join us for the short broadcasts at Questa Farmers Market on Sundays or here, on our website.

Huge thanks to our collaborators at Questa Farmers Market, Gaea McGahee and all the musicians at the market for allowing us to plug into their sound system to broadcast the Voices de Aquí weekly segments.

We are also grateful to our funders! Voices de Aquí is made possible by support from the LANL Foundation Community Outreach Grant, Chevron Grants for Good and Taos Community Foundation IMPACT Grant.

*Questa Stories worked with Vida Camp to record short “object stories” with campers and junior counselors. Participants were invited to bring something meaningful with them to camp. Each was then asked to share the story of their chosen object: what it is? how did they get it? why is it special to them? Questa Stories representatives Claire Coté and Sarah Parker worked with campers and staff to record these reflections as short audio stories. Patrick Hutchison, director of the Vida Camp photography program, led his team of youth photographers in documenting the objects and taking portraits of their owners. Sarah Parker then edited the recorded audio, Freedom Hopkins edited the photos and audio together into 16 short videos and Questa Stories Co-director, Claire Coté oversaw the process. Thanks to Localogy, Vida del Norte and Taos Behavioral Health for enabling this collaboration between Vida Camp and Questa Stories. Appreciation also to QEDF for the use of the Questa Visitor Center and Questa Creative Council for the use of the Youth Center art room for audio recording.

Joseph Marquez – Memories of La Morada

In this third segment in the Voices de Aquí series, Joseph Marquez, briefly shares his experience as un hermano at the Morada, La Cofradia de Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno, in Garcia Colorado and an excerpt of the first alabado that he learned. Listen to the full interview HERE.

This summer, we’re listening together to the voices of our neighbors; every week we share a different short story from our community with Voices de Aquí. Join us for the short broadcasts at Questa Farmers Market on Sundays or here, on our website.

Huge thanks to our collaborators at Questa Farmers Market, Gaea McGahee and all the musicians at the market for allowing us to plug into their sound system to broadcast the Voices de Aquí weekly segments.

We are also grateful to our funders! Voices de Aquí is made possible by support from the LANL Foundation Community Outreach Grant, Chevron Grants for Good and Taos Community Foundation IMPACT Grant.

*hermano  – a member of Los Hermanos de la Fraternidad Piadosa de Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno, ‘The Brothers of the Pious Fraternity of Our Father Jesus the Nazarene), Los Penitentes, Los Hermanos
**Morada – a religious meeting hall of Los Hermanos
***alabado – a Catholic song of praise

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.

Jeannie Masters – Grandmother’s Shoes

During the 2022 Questa Farmers Market season, we’re listening together to the voices of our neighbors. Every week we listen to a different short story from our community.

Jeannie Masters is our second segment in the “Voices de Aquí” series, in which she shares a poignant pair of shoes.

Voices de Aquí Segment 2: Jeannie Masters

Jeannie shared this object story on July 8, 2018 at the Memory Gathering Event facilitated by Dr. Estevan Rael-Gálvez, at the Questa VFW. This collaborative event was hosted as part of the development of the Questa History Trail (a project of the Questa Creative Council); Questa Stories team supported the event hosting and was on scene recording stories and scanning photographs; the event was also part of an early stage of the Manitos Community Memory Project.

Huge thanks to our collaborators at Questa Farmers Market, Gaea McGahee and all the musicians at the market for allowing us to plug into their sound system to broadcast the Voices de Aquí weekly segments.

We are also grateful to our funders! Voices de Aquí is made possible by support from the LANL Foundation Community Outreach Grant, Chevron Grants for Good and Taos Community Foundation IMPACT Grant.

Bennie Gallegos on Chicos – Voices de Aquí

During the 2022 Questa Farmers Market season, we’re listening together to the voices of our neighbors. Every week we listen to a different short story from our community.

To kick off the “Voices de Aquí” series, we join Bennie Gallegos on his family farm in Questa, where he describes the cultivation of corn and processing of chicos.

Big thanks to our collaborators with Questa Farmers Market, Gaea McGahee and all the musicians at the market for allowing us to plug into their sound system to broadcast the Voices de Aquí weekly segments!

Gratitude to our funders! Voices de Aquí is supported by through LANL Foundation Community Outreach Grant, Chevron Grants for Good and Taos Community Foundation IMPACT Grant.

Voices de Aquí: Sharing Stories in Community

We are excited to announce that, Voices de Aquí (Voices from Here), is underway! During the Questa Farmers Market season, we’re listening together to the voices of our neighbors. Every week we listen to a different short story from our community. Even small stories hold a lot of meaning.

Over the course of the 2022 market season, we will hear a series of twenty short stories featuring diverse, intergenerational voices from Questa and the surrounding communities. Every story is shared here on our website and broadcast weekly at Questa Farmers Market alongside performances by local musicians on Sundays.

Keep your ears out at the Farmers Market on Sundays 10 am – 2 pm and follow along here on our website and social media  – Instagram & Facebook.

Big thanks to our collaborators with Questa Farmers Market, Gaea McGahee and all the musicians at the market for allowing us to plug into their sound system to broadcast the Voices de Aquí weekly segments!

Gratitude to our funders! Voices de Aquí is supported by through LANL Foundation Community Outreach Grant, Chevron Grants for Good and Taos Community Foundation IMPACT Grant.

Photo above taken by Alejandro Avina at Questa Farmers Market 2021.