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The name – El Alba – refers to the first light of dawn, serves as the historical, cultural and artistic canvas for Hilos Culturales, founded in 2000 to highlight Indio-Hispano folk art traditions of the upper Río Grande region.

Quarterly Issues

In This Issue: Autumn Issue September, 2017

Welcome to El Alba’s First Anniversary Issue!  One year ago we published our Inaugural Autumn El Alba Magazine with the goal of providing you with feature articles on individuals and topics that span the treasured lifeways of the upper Río Grande region.  These personal accounts highlighting the creativity and determination of educators, folklorists, artists and practitioners, bring our readers a kaleidoscope of illuminating experiences through the magazine’s multi-media format.

El Alba eMagazine provides you a bridge connecting our region’s fascinating Indio-Hispano heritage through time, capturing the memories and life experiences…and the beat continues! 

This autumn issue brings you insight on Frederico Vigil’s quest in the art of buon fresco painting; the ancient application of inorganic pigments on limestone plastered walls.  

The needle work of Señora Cecilia Vigil will allow you the opportunity to appreciate her life-long labor of love – crochet and embroidery. 

You will also enjoy the uphill journey of sculptor Huberto Maéstas in the individual design of the Stations of the Cross.
Antonia Apodaca sits back at Spanish Market as musicians pay tribute to her on Doña Antonia Apodaca Day!

In this issue you’ll learn what shaped the lives of two musicians; Rose Vialpando and Ernesto Sánchez, the recipients of el Premio Hilos Culturales, 2017.  Last autumn’s issue featured an article on Mariano Romero and La Típica Orchestra of Santa Fe High School.  Many readers have asked us to list the individual members in the orchestra photograph.  We wish to thank Mariano and Viola Romero of Santa Fe, New Mexico for furnishing El Alba with these names of their classmates, including Maestro Pablo Mares.

Lastly, enjoy José Rivera’s monumental publication of La Sociedad, an hermandad fraternal, founded in 1900 in Antonito, Colorado; Rose Vialpando’s recording, Hallando Mí Voz, and Y Volveré  by Ernesto Sánchez, and Pepita’s popular recipes in Comida Tradicional.

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Herman A. Martínez     Publisher, El Alba Magazine