Join the Oldest House Indian Shop in
celebrating the Barrio de Analco Fall Festival from noon to 4 p.m. on Sept. 28.
“This event is long hoped for and
much anticipated,” says Rick Smith, owner of the Oldest House Indian Shop. “For
the first time we are truly celebrating the history and contributions of the
Barrio de Analco to the city of Santa Fe.”
The festival will take place in and
around the Oldest House and San Miguel Chapel, the Oldest Church, in the Barrio
de Analco. Admission is free to all outdoor activities thanks to community
sponsors. Displays and activities inside San Miguel Chapel require a $2 all-day
pass for those over age 12. Free parking is available at the PERA Building and
other state government parking lots. The cultural event precedes the Sept. 29
Feast Day of Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Rafael.
The National Historic Landmark
Barrio De Analco Historic District is one of the oldest residential
neighborhoods of European origin in the United States. By 1620, the newly
constructed Chapel of San Miguel, built across the river from the Santa Fe
Plaza for laborers, artisans and the Tlaxcalan Indian servants to worship, was
in place and a suburb, the Barrio de Analco (meaning the district on the other
side of the river in the Tlaxcalan Indian language), began to grow. The
district suffered major destruction during the 1680 Great Pueblo Revolt. When
the Spanish returned, they rebuilt the area beginning in 1692.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES AND DISPLAYS
From the early 1600s to the late 1800s, travelers and traders relied on mules to transport their goods. Ron and Pat Rundstrom of Aparejo in Española will provide these educational presentations and children’s activities behind The Oldest House.
Danza Azteca de Anáhuac of Taos, registered in Mexico with San Miguel del Archangel Capulli
From the early 1600s, Nahua-speaking
indios amigos from what is now central Mexico settled El Barrio de Analco, to
be followed a century later by genízaros (captives from semi-nomadic North
American tribes, raised to adulthood in Spanish-speaking households). Dances
will take placemid-afternoon in front of San Miguel Chapel and inside
the Chapel at the conclusion of the Festival.
Trail-related Table Displays
Outgoing and incoming caravans
passed through Barrio de Analco along the Camino de Pecos directly in front of
San Miguel Chapel and may have used the extensive grounds for packing and
unpacking. Tables by the National Park Service, Old Santa Fe Trail Association,
and Old Spanish Trail Association, with a Route 66 display by collector and
map-maker Willie Lambert. Under portal on the Chapel’s south side, and in
pocket-park behind adjacent Lamy Building, the first academic building
constructed for St. Michael’s College for Boys.
Table Displays by Partners in
Historic Santa Fe Foundation, Old
Santa Fe Association, Cornerstones Community Partnerships, and Mesa Prieta
Petroglyph Project (MPPP) of Velarde will participate. Under portal on the
Chapel’s south side, and in pocket-park behind the adjacent Lamy Building.
Walking Tour of El Barrio de Analco
with historian Hilario Romero of Agua Fria
12:30-1 p.m., 1:30-2 p.m., 3-3:30 p.m.
Limited to 12 people per tour. Front courtyard of Chapel—meet at top of the
stairway leading to Old Santa Fe Trail.
INDOOR ACTIVITIES & DISPLAYS
(all-day admission to Chapel $2; 12 and
under no charge)
Display of Vintage Serapes
By Collector Chris Ferguson, owner
of Tres Estrellas Gallery in Taos. Tlaxcaltecans, credited with originating the
famous Saltillo weaving tradition in northern New Spain, may have been among
the original Meso-American settlers and builders of El Barrio de Analco.
One-day-only Art Exhibition
Artists’ Views of San Miguel Chapel
and Environs Across the Decades
10-15 minutes, upon request. Check
Docent’s name tag for themes:
“400 Years of Building History” or “Significance
of 1798 Altarpiece” or “Mystery of the San José Bell”
Previews of Videos-in-Progress
Preview of Reorganized and New Exhibitions
Period Costumes worn by members of
3:30pm: CLOSING CEREMONY with SPECIAL GUESTS and DANZA AZTECA DE ANAHUAC