Earth Day Celebration at Ghost Ranch: Water’s for Cooperating Over
April 5, 2013 - April 7, 2013
The arid Southwest generally, and New Mexico specifically, has been the scene of intense competition for resources. With today’s news filled with stories of conflict over water- lawsuits and jurisdictional disputes, compromised water supplies, runaway development, drought and climate change, it is easy to accept the old canard that ‘water’s for fighting over’. But is it really? This program will examine historic instances in which societies have come together to share nature’s most precious resource. Folklorist Jack Loeffler, Anthropologist Rina Swintzell, Historian Estevan Arellano will present stories which highlight such social systems, explode the myth of water conflict and point toward a future with ‘just enough’ water for human and nature’s uses.
Bonus for Earth Day Celebration participants includes participation in the Sunday afternoon event (April 7) — From the Mind & Heart of an American Indian Mystic: An Afternoon with Mr. Joseph Rael, (a $50 value). We are honored to welcome author, teacher, artist Joseph Rael for lunch, afternoon lecture, conversation, book-signing and fire ceremony. note: The 5:00 p.m. fire ceremony is free and open to the public.
Download the weekend schedule.
We really hope you can join us so we have created some all-inclusive packages:
Package per person price includes Workshop Registration, Lodging & Meals — a discount of 15%! – Choose your package from the workshop options on the registration page.
- $150 without lodging or meals – choose if you do not need lodging & meals
- $249 for dorm style lodging, double occupancy
- $25 per night to upgrade to lodging with a semi-private bath ($299)
- $50 per night to upgrade to lodging with a private bath ($349)
If you are unable to join us for the weekend, there is a one day Saturday only ticket available for $75.
Steve Harris describes his career as that of a “River Worker”, centered on the Rio Grande as it courses through the desert Southwest. He is a river outfitter and guide, a river and flood rescue instructor to various local, state and federal agencies and a river conservation activist, as well as a student of the history and natural history of the Ghost Ranch region.
Jack Loeffler is an aural historian, writer, radio producer and sound collage artist who was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia in 1936. He studied music at Julius Hartt Conservatory in Hartford, and Westminster College Conservatory in Pennsylvania. In early 1970, he founded both the Central Clearing House and Black Mesa Defense Fund, environmental organizations committed to environmental activism, and preservation of indigenous culture within the context of native habitat. He has continued his fieldwork with indigenous and traditional cultures throughout the American West, Mexico and the Cook Islands recording music and lore. He has conducted hundreds of field recording sessions of music, interviews and the sounds of natural habitats throughout the southwestern quadrant of North America.
Dr. Rina Swentzell earned her B. A. in Education from New Mexico Highlands University, as well as her M. A. in Architecture in 1976 and her Ph. D. in American Studies in 1982 at the University of New Mexico. She writes and lectures on the philosophical and cultural basis of the Pueblo world and its educational, artistic and architectural expressions. Her writing appears in magazines, scholarly journals, and edited collections and she appears in video presentation for television and museums commenting upon Pueblo cultural values. She acts as a consultant to a number of museums including Santa Fe’s Institute of American Indian Arts and the Smithsonian, and was a visiting lecturer at both Yale and Oxford in 1996.
Estevan Arellano is a northern New Mexican poet, historian, farmer and journalist. In 2006 he translated and publised “Ancient Agriculture”, a text originally written by Gabriel Alonso de Herrera in sixteenth century Spain. This text was later brought to New Mexico and continues to influence how agriculture is practiced today.
Need more info? Call Evelyn at 505.685.1001 or Angela at 505.685.1002.
Two ways to register:
- Download printable registration form and mail to: Ghost Ranch Registrar, HC77 Box 11, Abiquiu, NM 87510. OR scan and email your completed form to: registrar@GhostRanch.org
- Register by telephone at 877-804-4678, extension 4152 or 4155 — available Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. MST.