New Mexico loses beloved voice for land, water and culture

Writer and historian Estevan Arellano passed away October 27th at his home in New Mexico. Reaching deep into history and language, Arellano explored the roots of New Mexico’s culture and agricultural traditions, providing insights into both ancient and contemporary land use. He was an original thinker and eloquent speaker with a great sense of humor and an affection for both land and people. He will be deeply missed.  An obituary from the New Mexico Acequia Association expresses the feelings of many in New Mexico and far beyond.

Estevan Arellano, center, joined a panel of speakers last summer to celebrate land and culture at an event hosted by the Chama Peak Land Alliance and the Ganados del Valle farm.

Estevan Arellano, center, joined a panel of speakers last summer to celebrate land and culture at an event hosted by the Chama Peak Land Alliance and the Ganados del Valle farm. Other panelists included (from left to right) Belarmino Archuleta of Ganados del Valle, Owen Lopez, Gary Burnett of the Blackfoot Challenge, Arturo Sandoval of the Center for Southwest Culture, Lucia Sanchez, planning director for Rio Arriba County, and Aaron Jones of the Chama Peak Land Alliance and founding advisor to the Western Landowners Alliance.

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