We have been given a rare gift. In the Fall of 2016 we began teaching in three village schools of the Española Valley school district. To see why it is such a gift requires stepping back from the immediacy of 21st century America.
Northern New Mexico is a rare jewel on this planet. You have to see it and feel it to begin to know just how extraordinary it is. And yet, many miss it. It does not yield to hostile or opportunistic brains. It is a powerful maternal land. It has a different rhythm, long and slow...ancient...soft, yet potent. Anthropologists have called the Rio Grande "the Nile of the Southwest" because of its rich and ancient pre-Columbian living heritage. Like so many of the special places of this Earth, it defies mediocrity. If you're open to it, it provides a nourishment that originates beyond the stars.
One of the schools we've had the privilege to work in is San Juan Elementary. It's in the village of Ohkay Owingeh, previously known as San Juan Pueblo. This is the birth place of the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, which is the only successful revolt of indigenous Americans against European colonization...ever! So there is something very powerful and protective about this land....like a mother for her young. In fact, Ohkay Owingeh means 'place of the strong people'.Read more