Compadrazco: The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and Beyond.


Painting by Luis Peña. Used with permission.

On February 23, 2013 from 12:00 pm to 3:00pm at the Española Library there will be presentation and discussion regarding the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. The event is titled Compadrazco: The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and Beyond. This event was put together by artist and musician Luis Peña. Keynote speech by Mike Scarborough author of the book “Traspassers On Our Own Land”. There will also be spoken word performances during the event.

This blog post will be living page. I hope to collect pre and post event writings by poets and other writers to document this event. I will be adding photographs after the event.

Here is a link to the Facebook Event Page.




Photos of today’s event. More to come in the near future. This page will be updated as new information is collected and fathered.

The following is a link to the audio recordings of the event. Used with permission from Robin Collier

This is a Thank you message from Luis Peña, organizer of this great event. There are comments by other participants and community members.

After a good night’s rest and a pot of coffee’s worth of reflection time, I’d like to take a minute to acknowledge those who made yesterday’s event possible. First, thank you to Clarissa Durán for handling the logistics and keeping me focused. You are a pleasure to work with and a great asset to our community. I hope to reciprocate at some point in the future. Thanks to Pilar Trujillo for the awesome atole, assistance and, most of all, your strong voice. Thank you to Adán Trujillo for the research and realization which culminated in a very fiery, honest and powerful poem. You are inspirational in every way compa. To the panelists Adán Baca, Jorge Alberto Garcia Atilano, Corrine Sanchez, Pilar Trujillo and Estevan Arellano who took time out of the day to come and dialogue with the community on this elusive concept we call sovereignty. I feel the discussion illuminated how our identity is tied very closely to our ability to establish self-sovereignty and collective sovereignty. We can only continue to ask the question, “Who are we?” To my Hermano Angelo J. Sandoval, thank you for the rezas and the documentation – we can always count on you to be the archivist for each one of these important happenings and you are very much appreciated. To Mr. Mike Scarborough and Mr. Hilario Romero, I hope you know how much your time and research is so valuable to this place in the Norte. The network of knowledge and understanding that you have helped create is the foundation for this great leap forward that we must create as a collective community. You are also very much appreciated.

All souls were present and accounted for yesterday. From the gentleman who was diametrically opposed to our event & philosophies to our beautiful cuates who made themselves at home in the Children’s section of the Library. My ADHD had me in a spin, so to anyone I didn’t have time to speak to personally I mean no disrespect and I will catch up with you soon. Thank you to the Espanola Public Library and the amazing staff that went the extra mile to make the event a success. I think Adan B. said it best when he expressed how important it was that we established sovereignty over a public space such as the library. I hope we all have the confidence to continue doing this, reclamation of space, in every aspect of our lives. Thank you to everyone who brought and shared food, it was good to see that nothing was wasted.

The hard thing about doing these events is I have to assure myself that I have the permission to put them on, despite my lack of formal credentials. I hate getting up in front of crowds and I don’t like being in the spotlight. But I also feel that if I don’t step forward and stir things up – things might not happen. It is of great comfort to know how many resources exist and are ready to move forward when the intention of an event such as Compadrazco is put forth. So here is a big digital abrazo to the collective memory, strength and people of El Norte!

In closing, I’d like to share a situation that occurred at the end of the event. A young man, who was volunteering at the National Dance Institute table outside the library came up to me. He wanted clarification on the subject of the event. He was under the impression that it was of a bigoted and racist nature. I assured him that it was not and was a reaffirmation of our traditional values and rights. In this brief conversation we had, he was able to make connections to land and water rights issues on his family property in Pojoaque. He was very much interested in learning more about local history and asked that I forward him information for review.

One theme throughout the day was that our access to counter-points and alternative histories has given us us a different “lens” to view this place where we live. We can only hope and work towards making this lens available to the coming generations and to lead by example. I’m happy to see how many people were able to meet for the first time or catch up with one another. This is the greatest success of yesterday’s event. Video and images will be posted here, so please stay tuned!

Luis Peña Also, many thanks to Robin Collier of Cultural Energy for recording the event!

Mike Morse Perfectly said, Luis. Thanks to all who represented this. It got me to read and research much more than I thought was out there. I appreciate that greatly. My soul was warmed and enthused just reading here on fb. It made me think about the sign I remember since childhood. TIERRA O MUERTE. For without land there is no life, and without life land cannot exist in perfect balance. To tear away one from another is like leaving blood without a heart to pump it, and a Río Brazos without water to fill it. Gracias ustedes.

Clarissa Durán We had over 70 adults and 7 children present. Bringing us together to share ourselves, knowledge and wisdom was very powerful! And, I’d like to celebrate Luis Peña, Beata Tsosie-Peña, and their family for providing our communities with a time and a place to BE! You’ve brought more hope and light into the souls of all who attended and all whom our souls will touch on our path to sovereignty! Thank you! Mil Gracias! Kuunda!

Adán Baca Thank you for everything loco! The event could not have been better! Mil gracias.

Mike Scarborough Thank all of you for the opportunity of participating. I just added this page to by blog, hopefully that was proper. And a special thank you to Robin Collier for his untiring desire to audio record the history of New Mexico as it unfolds. His website is:

Pilar Trujillo Hermano, I have been reflecting a lot on what transpired yesterday. And truth be told I have been quite sentida about it (it’s no secret that I’m a llorona). I think it will take me some time to be able to articulate what it meant for me, but let me try to say just a few things. My life is all about healing right now, and there is so much healing to be done. My body and health, my heart, my spirit, my family, my own negative self-talk and self-judgment, our community, our historical trauma, our land and water…the list goes on. Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed and don’t know how to move forward when it feels like EVERYTHING needs attention and love and healing. But this event reminded that THIS is how you do it, this is how you heal…you bring people together, you ask the important and hard questions, you quiet yourself and open your heart to new ensenanzas, you give thanks, you acknowledge the struggle that got us here and the struggle that is laid out before us, you eat good comida and make sure there is laughter. Hermano, you provided the space yesterday for all of this to happen. You made it safe for me to honor my own voice (even if it’s still shaky). You made magic happen. I am indebted to you for this beauty and healing, just as I am indebted to all life. Thank you for believing in me, but more than that, thank you for believing in all of us- in our community, our lindo gente, our collective ability to heal. No one else could have made it happen yesterday like you did!

Adán Trujillo gracias compa, the inspiration feeling is mutual. thank you for letting me participate in such a powerful event.

Jorge Alberto Garcia Atilano IJole Pilar que bonito oirte hablar asi porque eso si es healing…. Que siga la resolana para que se nos salga lo espantao y a caminar derechitos como nuestro abuelos lo hicieron alguno dia no muy lejano…

A Thank you note from Estevan Arellano, local historian, activist and farmer.

I want to thank Luis Peña for inviting me participate on a panel on the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo at the Española Library yesterday. Over thirty people attended the event. There are several young people in the Española Valley who are going forward and holding cultural events. Denle gas, plebe. Helping Luis is Adan Baca and photographer Angelo Sandoval. “Lo Tres Grandes,” les llamo yo. Also, Beata, Luis’ wife and Pilar Trujillo from Chimayó and NMAA and many others but this is a great beginning; this insures our culture and history will not be erased as Luis mentioned at the beginning. Michael Scarborough also presented from his book he did on Juan Valdez from Canjilon. Historian Hilario Romero from NNMC did a great presentation laying the groundwork for the rest of the afternoon. Thank you guys and keep up your great work.

  1. “Today (10-29-2014) the acequia community lost another one of its greats. We are very saddened by the loss of one our most treasured teachers, El Maestro Juan Estevan Arellano. Estevan was a fiercely dedicated acequiero who spent a lifetime working for our communities and acequias as a historian, scholar, poet, and farmer. His loss will be deeply felt. Please keep him and his family in your prayers. Que Dios lo tenga en su gloria.”
    From The New Mexico Acequia Association

    Some of his writings:

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