Episode 4 of Comunidad Presente includes an in-depth interview with Santiago Maestas who is a long-time resident and small farmer in the South Valley. Santiago is also the President of the South Valley Regional Association of Acequias, an organization committed to revitalization and protection of acequias in the South Valley. In his interview Santiago talks about the importance of acequias and the battles the Valle de Atrisco has faced (e.g. the Santolina development and Los Chaves revolt).
This episode also features a report out from the Flor de Toloache performance that took place at the North 4th Arts Center over the summer. We were able to interview one of the original members of the all female mariachi powerhouse – Shae Fiol. We also feature two great songs (“Que Nunca Se Olvida” and “Cancion de la Acequia”) from David Garcia – the multi-talented musician, maestro, and acequia advocate from northern New Mexico.