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Project Coordinator, Kelli Lycke researched historic preservation extensively. See her historic preservation report blog post here.

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enrique lamadrid 3Among the many artifacts of Local 890 during the strike are mimeographed texts of the “Corrido del Empire Zinc,” sung at meetings and on the line to raise spirits. It features the memorable tune of the “Corrido de Cananea” about a miner on a parranda. [Enrique LaMadrid] borrowed a copy from [his] good friend and fellow teacher, Nacho Quiniones. He comes from a multigenerational family of miners originally from the Santa Barbara mining area, which was the jump-off community for all the expeditions to NM in the 16th century. The mines are still producing to this day! Nacho grew up in the Silver City region.

He grew up singing with family, and his mom was quite a cantadora. [Enrique LaMadrid] had the privilege of recording them both years ago. Their CD and the “Nuevo México, á ¿hasta cuándo?” CD are in special collection at the Center for SW Research in Zimmerman Library at the University of New Mexico. The latter one was part of the Smithsonian travelling exhibit entitled “Corridos sin Fronteras.” 

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Nacho is an amazing composer who wrote and performs:

-Another corrido about the strike, whose name I can’t remember. A brief scene of a performance is in the movie, and is featured more prominently in the documentary about the movie.

-“El Corrido de Santa Rita” – a memorial to the town that was eaten by the big copper mine east of Silver.

-“El Corrido de Juan Chacón” – a tribute to the strike leader who played himself in the film. Nacho sang it at his funeral.

-“El Corrido de Reies López Tijerina” – composed and sung for Reies at his 80th birthday, and revised later for his memorial service.

-and many more

Nacho now lives in town. The heroic stories that ballads tell are part of the political process in our communities. [Enrique LaMadrid has] excellent recordings of most of these that [he] did with Nacho years ago.

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In [Enrique LaMadrid’s] fieldwork [he] was after a number of mining corridos to include examples of strike corridos, and mining disasters. [He] found the above ballads, plus the “Corrido del Morgan Jones” about a disaster in the mines of Madrid, NM.  [He] was looking for the “Corrido de Dawson,” the deadliest mine accident in the history of NM. Years later, friends from Madrid gave [him] the text, which [he] passed on to Dolores Huerta, who grew up in Dawson and lost relatives in the explosion. Three years ago [he] heard that this corrido is still sung in the communities of the San Luis Valley.

Click here to hear the Corrido!

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Kelli, Zakery, and Michelle stop for a selfie in the mountains on the way to Bayard, the morning of the writing workshop.

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