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V.23 No.13 | 3/27/2014
The Cathedral in downtown Santa Fe
Matt Wright
The Cathedral in downtown Santa Fe

Arts

Saddle Up: Moving Forward, Looking Back travels the Old Spanish Trail

Janire Nájera apparently likes her road trips 19th-century-style. The Spanish photojournalist and curator is taking a cue from Antonio Armijowho laid the groundwork for successful trade along what's now known as the Old Spanish Trail when he successfully hoofed it from New Mexico to California and back (and managed to make a profit in the process)with a voyage through northern New Mexico, parts of Utah and Arizona, and into Southern California. For the journey, Nájera's own pack animal of choice is an RV from 1984, a bit of an upgrade from the 100 mules of Armijo's trip in 1829-1830. Her goals are social and artistic in nature as she explores, according to the description on her website, how “the traditions of the first settlers [of European descent] ... have merged with domestic cultures, influencing the creation and identity of today's pueblos and modern cities.”

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V.19 No.30 | 7/29/2010

Book Profile

To Kill a Misconception

Alex Heard goes back in time to re-examine an infamous court case

The Eyes of Willie McGee: A Tragedy of Race, Sex, and Secrets in the Jim Crow South

The Eyes of Willie McGee: A Tragedy of Race, Sex, and Secrets in the Jim Crow South

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