By Eileen Richardson

is the biggest event in Santa Fe when a population of 65,000 plus grows by another 100,000 visitors. This year it is the 84nd Annual Indian Market.

Each August, the historic city of Santa Fe, NM becomes the Santa Fe Indian Market, enveloping the town's central Plaza and surrounding streets.

In addition, hundreds of gallery openings, art shows and related events take place during the weekend of Indian Market and during the two weeks immediately preceding it. Indian art collectors and artists from around the world make the pilgrimage to Santa Fe.

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By Eileen Richardson

In this country there is no better place to find the preservation of the old Spanish ways than New Mexico, as this state is well known for having been isolated hundreds of years by vast rugged distances and warring Indians.

So well preserved are the origins of the American West that even the 15th century "foundation" livestock scarcely available in other parts of the world thrive in New Mexico. You can still find descendants of the rugged, enduring, power house-in-a-small-package Spanish Barb horses, Churra sheep, and Corriente cattle. You can hear cowboy history in the old, spoken Spanish. Although these old vaqueros are increasingly hard to find, there remain a few smaller than average, more rugged than average Onate colony decendents who will speak to you in the 15th century Spanish of the conquistadores preserved through fifteen generations of oral tradition.

Read more: Matanza - A New Mexico Celebration

By Eileen Richardson

Go to any New Mexican restaurant and order a New Mexican meal and this will be the question.

You are now going to learn what the difference is, what the history is and what you may want to or not want to try.

Chile peppers are not members of the pepper family. Chile terminology is confusing: pepper, chili, chile, chilli, Aji, paprika and Capsicum are used interchangeable for "chile pepper" plants. Chile peppers are actually part of the Capsicum genus. The word Capsicum comes from the Greek language meaning "to bite." In Mexico, Central America and the Southwestern United States, it is referred to as a chile pepper.

Read more: Red or Green? Chile that is!

By Eileen Richardson

Few craft artists, Native American or otherwise, can claim worldwide fame and appreciation, but these accompanied the life of potter Maria Martinez of San Ildefonso Pueblo New Mexico.

San Ildefonso Pueblo is a quiet community located 20 miles northwest of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Inhabited since A.D. 1300, the pueblo saw many changes that resulted in a rich culture, in which today ancient traditions mix with Spanish festivals and Anglo conveniences.

Read more: Maria Martinez the San Ildefonso Pueblo Potter

By Eileen Richardson

The annual Fiestas de Santa Fe since 1926 have begun with the burning of Zozobra (translation is worry or anxiety). This falls the weekend following Labor Day.

Zozobra is a 50 foot marionette boogeyman with the same basic look each year barring a hair color change and additional jewelry.

He represents to the community all the negative things that happened in the year and they want to forget. In fact I have been told many people drop off divorce papers or any flammable memory of negativity of that year to stuff the ZoZobra and become part of the inferno.

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By Eileen Richardson

Santa Fe, New Mexico is the oldest capital city in North America and also the oldest European city west of the Mississippi.

Santa Fe is the site of both the oldest public building in America, the Palace of the Governors:, and the nation's oldest community celebration, the Santa Fe Fiesta, established in 1712 to remember the Spanish reconquest of New Mexico in the summer of 1692.

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By Eileen richardson

There are two times in the year that Santa Fe celebrates Spanish Market. There is one in August just before the Indian Market, and in the first week of December.

Spanish Market like Indian Market gives the visitor the true history of many generations of people who continue to celebrate their faith, culture, and art style.

Many of the items one would see at the Spanish Market today could have been seen in the Spanish Colonial period in Santa Fe in the1600’s. The style lives on and has quite a following. There is a Contemporary Spanish art style too that can be seen in these markets, but the majority is the Colonial style.

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By Eileen Richardson

There are many opportunities to rock climb in New Mexico you just have to know who to go with to show you where to go.

Our past governor Gary Johnson was after all one of the elite who climbed Mount Everest last year. He was led by another New Mexico resident Dave Hahn from Taos on that trek.

There are a number of clubs and schools that can get you to the right climb. If you are coming to the area as a tourist and would like to have a professional and experienced New Mexican climber there is an international school that has a branch in Taos.

Read more: Rock Climbing In New Mexico

By Eileen Richardson

The Santa Fe Fiesta is the oldest continual celebration in the United States.

The origin of the Fiesta is the celebration of the peaceful reoccupation by the Spanish of Santa Fe by Don Diego De Vargas in 1692.

It has been going strong since then for the last 291 years.

De Vargas while planning his reoccupation of Santa Fe from the pueblo Indians after their revolt and occupation of the city, prayed to La Conquistadora (a 29-inch wood carved Marian statue, originally brought to Santa Fe in 1625 by the missionary, Fray Alonso de Benavides) and built a makeshift altar and implored her to intercede for the successful re-entry into the town.

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By Eileen Richardson

Maynard Dixon a painter of the west is having more popularity lately. It is said he has gotten the attention of so many because of his modern portrayal of the American west.

Dixon was born into a ranching environment in Fresno California in 1875. He knew at any early age he wanted to be an illustrator of the Old West. He used to send his drawings to Frederic Remington (a well respected Western artist, sculptor and writer) and enrolled in the California School of Design in his early twenties.

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