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Though Santa Fe is surrounded by quite a few pueblos, the Native Individuals residing inside its midst can generally use a little bit of cultural refreshment.
That concept is on the coronary heart of the upcoming Indigenous Neighborhood Day from midday to 4 p.m. Saturday at Ragle Park.
“Connecting again to our Native tradition is vital,” stated Caren Gala, director of the Santa Fe Indigenous Middle, which is sponsoring the occasion. “For the city Natives who reside in Santa Fe, there’s generally an absence of the cultural connections, so we wish to ensure we offer a spot to collect, and to rejoice our tradition by means of music and dance.”
The free occasion, canceled by COVID final 12 months, is open to Native Individuals who wish to return to their roots, in addition to the merely curious who wish to be taught extra about Native tradition, Gala stated.
Getting into its ninth 12 months, “it began off as a picnic with about 30 individuals and it’s grown to greater than 200 folks,” she stated. “In fact, we would like the Native folks to come back and revel in, and rejoice tradition. If anyone desires to be taught in regards to the tradition, they’re welcome, too.”
The afternoon will characteristic meals, music, dancing and cubicles run by greater than 20 nonprofits that provide providers to Native communities.
Dancers from the Taos and Ohkay Owingeh pueblos will showcase their conventional expertise, and famous Ohkay Owningeh caterer Norma Naranjo will placed on a standard northern New Mexico group meal of southwest-style posole, inexperienced chile enchiladas, bread pudding and horno bread.
Music spinner Garron Yepa, of Jemez Pueblo, who has been a DJ for greater than 20 years beneath the identify of DJ Garronteed, can be delivering background music all through the occasion.
“I’m very snug enjoying the music and setting the ambiance,” he stated. “I don’t produce music myself, however I play different folks’s creations and string it collectively so it hopefully tells a narrative, helps folks calm down and have an excellent afternoon. That’s my strategy.”
Yepa stated he tries to succeed in his viewers with music acceptable to the occasion that has enchantment throughout a broad spectrum of listeners.
“I really feel like I can learn a room, or a park,” he stated. “I’m fairly assured that I can contact all of the totally different age teams at totally different instances, experience the wave. I might steer these tunes to these sorts of viewers.”
Noting his roots within the Jemez and Diné communities, Yepa provides, “I’ve performed for plenty of neighborhood occasions, graduations, quinceañeras, weddings. I type of simply strategy it with these hits and misses in my again pocket.”
Guitarist Nelson Alburquenque performs six-string and seven-string guitar music that could be very a lot earth-inspired.
“I play instrumental music, and I see music as poems and poetry, prayers and likewise poems having to do with land and sky, and connectivity,” he stated. “Ethereal. That’s how I might first describe it. Meditation, poetry, however it does come from a supply of earth, and wholesomeness and inclusivity.”
He developed the sound whereas residing in Los Angeles for eight years.
“It started with a band and, all through the years, morphed into this virtually symphonic sound the place all of the strings are in live performance with one another in distinctive tunings,” he stated. “I play the guitar like a harp. It’s very distinctive in its sound and really full.”
Each males stated they’re wanting ahead to the possibility to do their factor in entrance of a reside viewers once more.
“The previous 12 months and a half, the entire world, significantly folks of shade and Native communities, have been decimated by COVID,” Alburquenque stated. “Everybody has been working with worry and coping with a whole lot of nervousness. This is a chance to really feel therapeutic and neighborhood. As a pupil of the Institute of American Indian Arts, I’m wanting ahead to being part of that unity and offering folks with that sort of feeling in my music.”
Dwell music is a robust healer, Yepa stated, and one thing that has been lacking within the COVID period.
“I’m glad to be requested to do my half,” he stated. “These gatherings of individuals, they like to listen to music loud. We miss live shows. We miss human expertise and an enormous bassline. The loudness, it’s a sensory expertise.”