Monday, October 13, 2008

Just another morning in NM...

Dad, cousin, uncle and neighbor all gathering to brand some cattle. I forget. I always forget how strong the ties are in rural life, how community is visible. Primos, tíos and vecinos all coming together, lending a hand. Weaving a rich, colorful life.


At 9:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That reminds me... they were talking about New Mexico on NPR today, since it's a highly contested state. They were talking about the Spanish speakig population, and how they were descended directly from the first Spanish explorers, from back when that area was the capital of New Spain. Did I hear that correctly? Is your family descended from explorers?

This also leaves me wondering... who did the Hispanic people in Mexico descend from? Are they more mixed in heritage? Are they even Spanish, or are they just Spanish speaking?


At 7:24 AM, Blogger Deby said...

Ok, now you really have to sit with me and tell me about your life. You are one interesting lady.

At 10:59 PM, Blogger J Fife said...

Rach- My family did come from some of the earliest settlers in the area (Northeastern, NM). Not sure if they were explorers or what motivated them to move to the area. There are records of my family in New Mexico since the 1700s. The ranch that I grew up on has officially been in my family since the early 1800s (part of a land grant).

Not sure about the history of Mexicans. I imagine that they are Spanish, indigenous people and mixes of the two - probably varying by location.

Don't you just love NPR? It keeps me company all day long.

Deby- We need to get together soon - not necessarily to talk about my life, but to hang out for sure.

At 9:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You keep putting out all these teasers. I want more pictures!
More Stories! Im homesick!
I get to go home in December.
Oh, the "Maes" name is Dutch.
Variations are Maestas, Mestas, etc. Add that to the quest for answers. REJ

At 12:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh wow. i can't describe the flood of emotions that came over me when i looked at this picture. i closed my eyes and i was back on bailey's praire. sitting on the back of my little shetland pony watching dad and the other "Munson boys" work cattle. in my heart i will always be a Texas girl, and now i am really, really homesick!!!!

love, carrie

ps-ask your husband about the time he fell off the horse, well, i think it was more like jumped. it is funny now, but not then!


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