FILMS FROM THE WISDOM ARCHIVE

Antonio and Molly Manzanares: The Last Shepherds

In the late 1800's the mountains of Northern New Mexico were visited each summer by hundreds of sheepherders, each with a flock of more than a thousand sheep.  Today, Antonio and Molly Manzanares run the last such flock.  Limited by government regulations, a lack of young ranchers willing to take on the work, and a flood of cheap lamb and wool from overseas, Antonio and Molly have to ask themselves: "Will we be the last?"

Directed by
Scott Andrews
40.04
New Mexican Bizcochitos! with Natividad Manzanares

Natividad Manzanares is known for making the best Bizcochitos in Northern New Mexico.  The humble Bizcochito cookie has traditionally been made for Christmas, weddings, and special occasions for the past four hundred years!  (Visit thewisdomarchive.com to help keep videos about traditional culture coming to youtube!)

Directed by
Scott Andrews
06.34
Recuerdo: Land, Water, Art- A Portrait of Nicholas Herrera

"Recuerdo" captures a rare and exclusive look behind the scenes with renowned artist and Santero Nicholas Herrera of El Rito as he tends his land and paints in his studio.  Recent winner of the New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, Herrera's life and work is an ongoing remembrance of the land, water, and artistic traditions of Northern New Mexico.

Directed by Christopher Beaver, at christopher@cbfilms.net

Directed by
Christopher Beaver
16.45
Monsieur Gonzales: The Last “Plieur de Codre”

Its the spring of 1999, near the town of Sarlat in the Dordogne region of France. Monsieur Gonzales, an elderly local farmer, demonstrates his skill as a "Plieur de Codre", as he shapes young saplings into the flexible wooden bands traditionally used to hoop cognac barrels in France. A skill, which today, is all but extinct.

Directed by
Scott Andrews
8:07
Eurgencio Lopez: Ranchero y Santero

At 80, Eurgencio Lopez is still living the life led by his great grandfather, the famous carver Jose Dolores Lopez. One of the few who still have grazing rights in the Sangre de Cristo mountains high above his small Northern New Mexico town of Cordova, he tends a small herd of cattle by summer, and carves Santos during the long nights of winter.

Directed by
Scott Andrews
4:26
Rita Padilla Haufmann: Traditional Wool Preparation and Natural Pigment Dying

Rita Padilla Haufmann is an acknowledged master weaver of traditional Rio Grande style rugs. She is also one of the few remaining weavers who hand cards, spins and dyes all her yarn using only natural pigments, many gathered from her Northern New Mexico environment.

Directed by
Scott Andrews
16:49
Mónica Sosaya: The Colcha Lesson

Monica Sosaya, at 85, is the "Grand Dame" of Santa Fe New Mexico's annual Traditional Spanish Market. She is an acknowledged master of the traditional colonial Spanish needlework called "Colcha" and has taught generations of new "Colcheras". In this video, she teaches the basic Colcha stitch, and shows some of her work and basic Colcha patterns to a beginning student.

Directed by
Scott Andrews
10:41
Mónica Sosaya: Maestra de Tradición

At 85, Mónica Sosaya is the "Grand Dame" of the annual Santa Fe New Mexico Traditional Spanish Market- the largest market for Spanish Colonial Art in the world. A master Santera (painter of saints) and Colchera (traditional Spanish colonial needleworker) Monica has produced hundreds of artworks for museums and private collections, while mentoring many in the traditional Spanish Colonial arts of Northern New Mexico. Music by Lone Piñon, www.lonepinon.com

Directed by
Scott Andrews
10:21
An Intimate afternoon of Music with Antonia Apodaca and Cipriano Vigil

Antonia Apodaca, 93, and Cipriano Vigil, 76, are the two eldest and best known masters of traditional Northern New Mexico music. Both are New Mexico State Treasures, and both have performed separately all over New Mexico and the United States, and on several occasions at the Smithsonian Institution. Friends for over thirty five years, they have never played together. Over the course of an afternoon, jamming together for the first time, they teach each other new (but old) songs, play traditional favorites, and have a great time!

To contact Cipriano Vigil: cipriano505@windstream.net

Directed by
Scott Andrews
38:40
Edgar Gonzalez: Mezcalero!

In the highland rainforest, four hours Northeast of Oaxaca, and just outside of the Zapotec village of San Cristobal Lachirioag, Edgar Gonzalez is recovering an ancient tradition while combatting the culture destroying loss of young people from his community. At his homegrown "palenque" or distillery, he, his family, and a growing group of workers are again handcrafting the sacred spirit of their forefathers- Mezcal!

With agaves grown from the seeds of five wild varieties found in the surrounding forest, a still built near the ruins of a “palenque” abandoned in the jungle for more than one hundred years, wild yeast from the surrounding tropical fruit trees, and Zapotec blessings, the resulting mezcal is a local, sustainably produced product, that is distributed internationally, while inspiring a renaissance in traditional village based commerce and employment.

For more about Tosba Mezcal: mezcaltosba.com 

Directed by
Scott Andrews
15:26
Cipriano Vigil: Músico de la Gente

Cipriano Vigil was born in 1941, in the Northern New Mexico town of Chamisal. From the age of eight, he would badger the local “Resolaneros” - musicians practicing outdoors along the sunny side of a house- to teach him songs and the guitar. During the ensuing sixty eight years, Cipriano has collected the encyclopedia of Northern New Mexico music, learned to play over three hundred instruments, performed at the Smithsonian Institution and all over the United States, and written Northern New Mexico anthems that qualify him as a true voice of his people.

To Purchase Cipriano’s book, “New Mexican Folk Music: Treasures of a People”, Music CDS, Cigar Box Guitars, or to arrange a Cigar Box Guitar Workshop, please contact him at:
newmexicofolktreasure.com, or email him at cipriano505@windstream.net

Directed by
Scott Andrews
38:08
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