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v crosses Early Spanish explorers planted the seeds of culture in a place now known as Santa Fe in 1607. These seeds took root and flowered into the Hispanic way of life that continues to thrive today.

A people of great faith, the early Spanish settlers arrived in the region with scores of Catholic priests. The gloriously well-preserved adobe mission churches that dot the Santa Fe landscape, the Hispanic villages and the Indian Pueblos, are a testament to the strong role of religion in the lives of Hispanics both past and present.

Just as the Spanish created houses of worship from an adobe mix of mud and straw, they built villages and towns in the same architectural fashion. The energy-efficient earthen structures fit into their high desert home in every way - keeping the heat in during the winter and out in the summer - while the low-slung, flat-roofed buildings blended naturally into the land.

Although adobe construction techniques were used by Native Americans in the area long before the Spanish arrived, the Spaniards introduced their own innovative architectural elements to their new Indian neighbors. The formed mud-brick corner kiva fireplace replaced the smoke hole in the roof, and the horno - a beehive-shaped outdoor oven of Moorish origin - became a common cooking tool.

Through the years, as Santa Fe has gained greater cachet in the public eye, the heart of the city's Hispanic culture has remained very much the same. As visitors flock to the city for a look at the oldest church, or try the latest in nouvelle Southwest cuisine, Hispanic families gather in church or at the kitchen table to share a blessing or a bowl of chile and beans.

Of course, Hispanics in Santa Fe are more than accomplished artists. They are also doctors, teachers, lawyers, politicians, priests, soldiers and writers, too.

Like their Spanish ancestors who settled their town as La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asis (the Royal City of the Holy Faith of St. Francis), Hispanics young and old look forward to the future of Santa Fe. At the same time, they continue to honor their history and traditions, never forgetting the important cultural legacy of the past.

To learn more, visit our sections on Santa Fe history and Hispanic arts.

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Tue., November 24, 2020

Jun 2 - Dec 31, 2020
Daily 8-11am

La Cieneguilla Petroglyphs Hike

Location: 505-988-4000
Event Type: Historical Tours

Learn about the history of the Native American people. Take a walk with us along the basalt rocks on which the Ancient Puebloans left petroglyphs (or rock art). What did these symbols - spirals, Kokopelli figures, serpents - mean?
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Jun 23 - Nov 24, 2020
Tuesdays 7am-1pm

Santa Fe Farmers' Market- TUESDAYS

Location: 505-983-4098
Event Type: Shopping

The Tuesday Market is a great alternative to the Saturday Market. Same great selection with more ease getting in and outǃ
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Jun 2 - Dec 31, 2020
Daily 8am-5pm

Weekend Scavenger Hunt Adventure- Santa Fe

Location: 805-603-5620
Event Type: Family Activities, Outdoor Adventure, Historical Tours

Participate in this fun Scavenger Hunt adventure in Santa Fe. Bring a team of 2-5 people and see the sights while solving clues, completing challenges and learning local history. Perfect for friends and families. Explore Santa Fe while having funǃ
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Sep 17, 2020 - Feb 28, 2021
Daily 8am-5pm

New Photo Book Released-The Light of Days Gone By: Photographs by Craig Varjabedian

Location: Craig Varjabedian Photography
Event Type: Family Activities, Art Shows, Shopping

Award-winning photographer Craig Varjabedian’s new book "The Light of Days Gone By" was 45 years in the making-a celebration of the beautiful light he has witnessed on his adventures. The beautiful book is available from the photographer's studio.
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Oct 6 - Dec 5, 2020
Daily 8am-5pm

Weekend Workshop

Location: Virtually NDI New Mexico
Event Type: Family Activities, Performing, Workshops & Classes

Join NDI New Mexico for an exciting workshop series. Learn dancing, acting, singing and more with some of our incredible teachers and excellent programsǃ
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