Thursday, 19 April 2012 17:02

Antonia Apodaca: The richness of la música de Norte New Mexico

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While there are some features of the Northern New Mexico experience which have transformed or even diminished in recent years, there are those treasured aspects of the culture  which have endured and should be preserved.  Some of these include the food created from locally grown produce such as the chilé; the distinctive dialects as differentiated from one Spanish-speaking town to another, reflecting the uniqueness of the people in each community; and certainly the arts such as the music, again a story of the people's experiences and life-journeys.   

Long adored for her passion and her talent, and now appreciated for her contribution to that notion that we must not forget from where we came, is 89-year old  Antonia Apodaca.  Antonia was born into a family of musicians in Rociada, NM. A talented guitarist and songwriter and a dynamic button accordion player, she has an extensive repertoire of traditional Hispanic tunes and songs from Northern New Mexico that she learned from her parents and uncles.

If you know  Antonia's music, you know how special she is to Northern New Mexico.  If you are hearing about her for the first time, Voces de Santa Fé is proud to introduce her, as it is the goal of this website to honor and preserve the traditions of our families.

La música de Antonia Apodaca:


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Maria Montez-Skolnik


Both sides of my family trace their roots in the Santa Fé area to the 1600s.  In the earlier years they were primarily farmers, builders, craftsmen, artists (wood carvers and weavers), and educators.  I graduated from SFHS & NMSU and received my BA & MA in Speech & Language Pathology. I divide my time between Santa Fé and the San Francisco Bay Area.  


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  • Comment Link Polly Jackson Friday, 20 April 2012 14:15 posted by Polly Jackson

    I lived in Galisteo and a hypnotist was staying at the local B&B back in 1986ish. I was waitressing and we struck up a conversation and he said he could hypnotize me to make me quit smoking cigarettes. He was CUTE and tall and I said okay. I went to his room and of course he hypnotized me and made a tape of the whole thing for me to play every day for 6 weeks (it was about an hour long).
    It never worked for me, because there was background music that I could hear clearly, coming from somewhere in Galisteo. It was local northern NM music! I knew the group, two older men and their wives. They lived in Galisteo all their lives. The music was wonderful! One of the women held her purse over her arm when she sang. It was classic northern NM style.
    It was so distracting that I could only focus on the music and not the hypnotist's words! Ha!
    p.s. (I eventually quit smoking but it was years later).

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