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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.

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In This Issue: Winter Issue December, 2018

The magic of winter and the Holy Season draws us closer as familias, much like the warmth of a fragrant piñón crackling fire lures us in to a comfort zone of joy and embracing memories...first a dream and then illuminating into reality. Flavors of posole, tamales and empanadas are always a captivating force. Similar to the farolitos and luminarias sparkling into the night constellations, forming star figures.

Forming veredas of these enthralling realities of el invierno...this Winter Issue of El Alba Magazine frames a broad variety of unfolding narratives, captured through interviews on location with: muralist, fine artist, playwright and santera, Rosa María Calles of Albuquerque; converting his “cold metal” into warm glowing innovations, Eugenio “Gene” Gurulé of Las Vegas creates tinwork styles rooted in 18th and 19th century New Mexico.

Annually, Hilos Culturales presents it's Lifetime Achievement Award - Premio Hilos Culturales to 2018 recipients Val and Evangeline Sena of Golden, Colorado and Enrique “Henry” Ortiz of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Their contributions to the performing arts will broaden your cultural lenses and appreciation for our aires y cuentos tradicionales.

Winter Issue, 2018 will also acquaint you with an evolving consciousness of pride and celebration on the High Road to Taos Studio Tour and the Spanish Colonial Arts - 30th Annual Winter Spanish Market hosted at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

Seventh generation Chimayó weaver Irvin Trujillo and his talented wife Lisa,both award-winning for their specialized, one-of-a kind handwoven artwork; relate an evolving narrative of their family tapestry enterprise at Centinela Traditional Arts in Chimayó. Travel this muralist, Leo Tanguma's journey from eastern Texas to his home in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado – Denver. His fluid brush stroked mosaics on walls and portable panels impress the illuminating forces of humanity through transforming visual effects .

In the Literature section, Lisa Trujillo and co-writer Mary Terrence McKay weave an 'UNFOLDING TRADITION' with their publication of the Centinela Weavers of Chimayó. Historian and author, Ray John de Aragón debuts his 2018 Haunted America publication titled 'Haunted Santa Fe.' Also, enjoy the 1968 composition- recording, in the Music section, by the celebrated musician and composer of 'Valse De La Grama'...2018 Premio Hilos Culturales recipient, Enrique “Henry” Ortiz, founding director of the celebrated family band, Henry Ortiz And The J-J's of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Enjoy this winter's publication of El Alba eMagazine...

We wish you a Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo!!!

Herman A. Martínez     Publisher, El Alba Magazine