A film about land, memory and story, set in the ghost towns of New Mexico
Airs Thursday October 12th at 7pm on 5.1
Nasario Remembers the Río Puerco is a new documentary that follows celebrated folklorist Nasario García doing what he loves: wandering through landscape and memory amid the ghosts towns of New Mexico's Rio Puerco valley, reviving recuerdos tales of his youth when the ranching villages thrived and viejitos elders told stories beside a river that once ran.
"From a one-room schoolhouse in my native Río Puerco valley to my retirement as a university professor has been a marvelous journey," says Nasario García. "But the capstone to the dreams in my life is reflected in the film Nasario Remembers the Río Puerco, currently in progress, about the past and present of my beautiful valley."
Dr. García, now in his eighth decade, is the recipient of the first ever Lifetime Achievement award from the Historical Society of New Mexico. Since 1970, he has been sharing stories about life & loss, myth & magic, farming & drought in the Hispanic villages of the valley where he was raised. Located near Cuba NM, and southeast of Chaco Canyon, the Rio Puerco villages thrived between the 1900s to the 1950s. This iconic valley, noted for the volcanic plug, Cabezon Peak, is deeply connected to New Mexico’s history: illustrated by famed Spanish mapmaker and explorer, Miera y Pacheco and chosen in 2012 to represent New Mexico on a special U.S Post Office stamp issued on the state’s centennial anniversary.
Coelho previously adapted Dr. García’s first book of oral histories into the stage play, When The Stars Trembled in Río Puerco that was performed to full house audiences at Santa Fe’s Teatro Paraguas and Albuquerque’s National Hispanic Cultural Center in 2014. She is an award-winning director and writer whose documentaries have been broadcast on PBS, Discovery Channel, and BBC Radio, among others.