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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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Thu., July 16, 2020

Jul 16 - Jul 30, 2020
Daily 6am-11pm

RED BIKE by Caridad Svich

Location: 505-424-1601
Event Type: Performing

Teatro Paraguas Presents a Video Performance of Red Bike, a play by Caridad Svich
WHEN: July 17 through July 30, 2020
WHERE: Vimeo
Tickets: Suggested Fundraiser Donation $10
Info and Link: www.teatroparaguas.org
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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 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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Jul 13 - Jul 17, 2020
Mon-Fri 8am-5pm

NEW MEXICO: THE SPELL OF LIGHT Photo Workshop

Location: Eloquent Light Photography Workshops
Event Type: Historical Tours, Outdoor Adventure, Outdoor Adventure, Workshops & Classes, Outdoor Adventure, Work

You are invited to join Craig Varjabedian for a fun and inspiring workshop photographing the magic of New Mexico— the historic adobe buildings, the rugged terrain of O’Keeffe country, New Mexico’s vast skies and so much more.
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Jun 2, 2020 - Feb 28, 2021
Daily 8am-9pm

Private Photo Tour/Workshop with Craig Varjabedian

Location: Eloquent Light Photography Workshops
Event Type: Outdoor Adventure, Workshops & Classes, Historical Tours

This is your opportunity to work one-on-one with an award-winning fine art photographer to continue your personal adventure with photography. Private Photography Tours/Workshops custom planned for your needs & interests. O'Keeffe country, Santa Fe or
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Jun 2, 2020 - May 27, 2023
Daily 8am-10pm

How to Paint a Portrait - 4 hours

Location: 575-404-1801
Event Type: Family Activities, Museum Events, Workshops & Classes

In 4 hours, paint your first portraitǃ Seriously. World Renowned Portraitist Robbi Firestone (www.RobbiFirestone.com) walks you step-by-step through your first face. Beginners or Pros; Leave PROUD & joyful with your first portrait completed face...
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Jul 1 - Dec 31, 2020
Daily 9am-12pm

Native American Ruins - Pecos

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Event Type: Outdoor Adventure, Outdoor Adventure, Historical Tours

Visit Pecos National Historical Park and learn about the rich heritage of the Native Americans as well as the strong influence of the Spanish culture in Northern New Mexico. Call about our winter specialsǃ
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Jun 11 - Aug 3, 2020
Mon
Thu-Sun 9am-3:30pm

2020 Summer Fishing Season

Location: 505-757-7241
Event Type: Outdoor Adventure

Three miles of the Pecos River are available to anglers on a seasonal basis. A special use permit along with a $15 per day per person fee is required. Reservations are required and can be made up to 30 days in advance at www.recreation.gov.
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Jun 19 - Aug 31, 2020
Daily 9am-5pm

Tours, Trail Rides & Day Visits at Ghost Ranch

Location: 505-685-1000
Event Type: Outdoor Adventure

Offered daily; reservations required. Tour the landscape by motorbus or horseback and see the actual locations of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings interwoven with stories of her fifty years at Ghost Ranch. Or, come for a day visit to relax and hike.
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May 31, 2021
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Discovery Walking Tours

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Event Type: Other Events

Historically informed walking tours of Santa Fe. $15, 10 am, 505-577-7645, sfediscoverytour.wix.com/downtown.
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Jun 2 - Dec 31, 2020
Mon-Fri 10am-12pm

Historic Chili Line

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Event Type: Outdoor Adventure, Historical Tours

Our 2 hour Historic Chili Line tour will take you out to Diablo Canyon, near the Rio Grande River, in our Pinzgauer. Learn about the Denver & Rio Grande Western's so-called "Chili Line", a narrow gauge railroad that ran from Santa Fe to southern CO.
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Jun 4, 2020 - Oct 29, 2020
Thursdays 10am-12pm

The Jewish Legacy in NM: A History Different

Location: 56 E San Francisco St
Event Type: Family Activities, Historical Tours

Original Santa Fe tour with a unique cultural perspectiveǃ Explore New Mexico history and find out how Jews were both Hispanos and Anglos and about the 21st-century Jewish community. $30/pp. Min. $70 Thursdays 10 AM
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Jul 1 - Dec 31, 2020
Mon 9-11am
Wed--Fri
Sun 10am-12pm

Sense of Place Historic Walking Tour

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Event Type: Family Activities, Family Activities, Historical Tours

Please join me as we explore the vibrancy of our Nation's oldest capital city. Learn why our unique culture, art, architecture, history and Native/Spanish heritage make Santa Fe the City Different.
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