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Pasatiempo - - In Other Words - — Nicolas Roesler

His­tory is alive and well The long-de­bated story of Doña Tules in­volves gam­bling, pros­ti­tu­tion, and a sur­pris­ing amount of char­ity. In some ways, her case re­flects the his­tory of Santa Fe on a large scale — sim­ply be­cause of its com­plex­ity. Doña Tules may have es­tab­lished some form of gam­bling par­lor and brothel in Santa Fe af­ter com­ing here from Sonora, Mex­ico, but she also con­trib­uted money to the con­struc­tion of what is now the Cathe­dral Basil­ica of St. Francis of As­sisi.

The his­tory of New Mex­ico’s cap­i­tal city is told through the peo­ple, the artists, and the men and women, young and old, who pro­duce the unique heart­beat that is Santa Fe. It was the mis­sion of the Santa Fe New Mex­i­can’s man­ag­ing edi­tor, Rob Dean, to cap­ture that in com­pil­ing a com­mem­o­ra­tive book of

es­says writ­ten for Santa Fe’s cuarto cen­te­nario. Santa Fe, Its 400th Year: Ex­plor­ing the Past, Defin­ing

the Fu­ture (just pub­lished by Sun­stone Press) in­cludes chap­ters that of­fer a lay­ered and per­sonal look into the his­tory of Santa Fe through a mod­ern lens. Dean notes in his pref­ace: “This book presents Santa Fe’s larg­erthan-life epic of 400 years on a hu­man scale.”

Part of Santa Fe’s rich his­tory of peo­ple is its artists, and Pasatiempo con­trib­uted a sec­tion cov­er­ing these Santa Feans. The au­thors in­clude Pasa staff writ­ers Paul Wei­de­man and Rob DeWalt and free­lancers Dou­glas Fair­field and Michael Abatemarco. The book’s look at art in Santa Fe ac­com­pa­nies de­pic­tions of the faith, fam­ily, land, rebels, and out­laws that have shaped Santa Fe’s col­or­ful his­tory.

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