First per­son, past tense

Pasatiempo - - IN OTHER WORDS - — Jen­nifer Levin

Though ex­plor­ers, set­tlers, and con­querors es­tab­lished their pres­ence in New Mex­ico long be­fore the Pil­grims landed at Ply­mouth Rock, many ar­eas of the state re­mained iso­lated from mod­ern life well into the 20th cen­tury, and other ar­eas re­tained an Old World qual­ity even as the cul­ture was touched and trans­formed by new­com­ers. Since the lat­ter half of the cen­tury, with young peo­ple leav­ing their small vil­lages for op­por­tu­ni­ties else­where, and now that small fam­ily busi­nesses and farms no longer thrive in the face of mod­ern­iza­tion, the “old ways” have been dis­ap­pear­ing. Chil­dren and grand­chil­dren of the old-timers now have great- grand­chil­dren of their own. In an ef­fort to pre­serve the mem­o­ries of a nearly by­gone era, Robert Wolf runs writ­ing work­shops around New Mex­ico for peo­ple with sto­ries to tell. In 2006, the first batch of sto­ries was col­lected in Ayer y Ahora: Sto­ries From Santa Fe and North­ern New Mex­ico, pub­lished by Free River Press. The se­cond col­lec­tion, Mixed Beans: Sto­ries from New Mex­ico, Past and Present, came out in 2011, and both vol­umes will be re­pub­lished to­gether in 2016 as part of a na­tional an­thol­ogy called Amer­i­can Por­traits. Con­trib­u­tors from Santa Fe, Santa Cruz, and Es­pañola read from their work at El Museo Cul­tural de Santa Fe (555 Camino de la Fa­milia) on Satur­day, Feb. 27, at 3 p. m., for a sug­gested do­na­tion of $5.

An­other kind of his­tory is get­ting lost in the com­mu­nal free- for-all of Wikipedia, writ­ten and edited by users. Sur­veys sug­gest that less than 16 per­cent of the web­site’s con­trib­u­tors are fe­male. This statis­tic skews con­tent, as many no­table women in his­tory and art are left off the site or their con­tri­bu­tions to cul­ture are down­played. A group called Art + Feminism is hold­ing na­tional edit-a-thons to in­crease women’s par­tic­i­pa­tion and in­clu­sion on the site; in Santa Fe, ad- hoc edi­tors should re­port to the New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art (107 Palace Ave.) on Satur­day, March 5, be­tween 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., with their lap­tops. Train­ing will be pro­vided. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit­wiki/ Wikipedia: Meetup/San­ta_FeArtAndFmin­ism_2016.

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