Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion event planned at Mar­tinez Ha­cienda

The Taos News - - LOCAL NEWS - By David Fernán­dez Mar­tinez Ha­cienda board mem­ber

The Ha­cienda de Los Mar­tinez is host­ing a spe­cial pub­lic event Satur­day (Oct. 13) called Rec­on­cil­ing For Peace In The Val­ley Of The Río Pue­blo De Taos.

This event will be a pro­duc­tion of the cus­tom­ary Old Taos Trade Fair, but it will be in the form of a fo­cused one-day gath­er­ing for tra­di­tional danc­ing (Pue­blo, Genízaro, Old Span­ish), har­vest prod­ucts, sto­ries and ac­counts from the peo­ples and cul­tures who have made the Taos Val­ley their home be­gin­ning with Pue­blo “since time im­memo­rial.” Next to ar­rive were the Span­ish from 1598 and from 1692, fol­lowed by the U.S. Ter­ri­to­rial Pe­riod marked by the moun­tain traders legacy. Other ar­rivals in­clude Crypto-Jews flee­ing per­se­cu­tion in Europe and the Taos artists who made the re­gion their home. The event also cel­e­brates the many faiths that now call the val­ley home. Chil­dren and youth are par­tic­u­larly in­vited to par­tic­i­pate.

A noon-time potluck meal will be shared fol­lowed by state­ments from the var­i­ous groups on the con­cept of Rec­on­cil­ing for Peace among the peo­ples who live in this spe­cial val­ley in the shadow of the Taos Pue­blo Moun­tain.

The event will be­gin at 9 a.m. with an en­trada, or pro­ces­sion, from the Río Pue­blo to the ha­cienda. It will con­clude at 4:30 p.m. with com­mu­nal state­ments and prayers, and fi­nally with a com­mu­nity bless­ing for truth, peace and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.

The event also cel­e­brates the many faiths that now call the val­ley home.

Me­gan Bow­ers/File photo

A young woman in pe­riod Span­ish dress walks a pas­sage at the 21st An­nual Taos Trade Fair at La Ha­cienda De Los Mar­tinez, a yearly event that cel­e­brates cul­tural di­ver­sity through food, art and mu­sic. This year’s fair fo­cuses on a spe­cial rec­on­cil­i­a­tion event.

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