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Medanales in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Agueda S. Martinez (1898–2000)

“You Will Find Me Dancing On the Loom”

 
 
Agueda S. Martinez Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 28, 2013
1. Agueda S. Martinez Marker
Inscription. Agueda is the matriarch of Hispanic weaving in New Mexico. From a very young age, she was known for her complex designs and natural dyes. She was the subject of the Academy Award-nominated documentary film, “Agueda Martinez: Our People, Our Country.” Her weaving is carried on by fifty-two direct descendants and can be seen today in many museums, including the Smithsonian.
 
Erected by New Mexico Historic Women Marker Initiative.
 
Location. 36° 9.764′ N, 106° 11.316′ W. Marker is in Medanales, New Mexico, in Rio Arriba County. Marker is at the intersection of Highway 84 (U.S. 84) and State Road 233 on Highway 84. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Medanales NM 87548, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Abiquiú (approx. 8 miles away); Historic Los Luceros (approx. 9.7 miles away); Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes (approx. 10 miles away); San Gabriel (approx. 10.6 miles away); Esther Martinez - P’oe Tsáwäˀ (1912-2006) (approx. 10.6 miles away); Dominguez Escalante Trail (approx. 10.8 miles away); Española Valley (approx. 11.6 miles away); Georgia O’Keeffe (approx. 11.7 miles away).
 
More about this marker.
Agueda S. Martinez Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 28, 2013
2. Agueda S. Martinez Marker
The New Mexico Historic Women Marker Initiative was founded in 2005 by members of the New Mexico Women’s Forum in a statewide effort to recognize women’s contributions to New Mexico history on the state’s Official Scenic Historic Markers. The Initiative ensures that women’s diverse histories will be remembered and told, and will inspire and provide a guide for future generations. The 2006 Legislature funded the project.
 
Also see . . .  Rag Jerga. Photo of an 86 x 52 inch tapestry by Agueda S Martinez at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Click on the “Catalog Information” link for a description of the weaving. Click on the photo of the tapestry for a larger view. About the maker: “Agueda Martínez was a master weaver of northern New Mexico. Over the course of her long life, she taught many people how to weave, including several generations of her own family. Martínez died in 2000. In the last week of her life, she completed a large weaving and then wove a small piece from the threads left on her loom. The following day, she became ill and died three days later. She was 102 years old.” (Submitted on May 3, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicHispanic AmericansNative Americans
 
Reverse of the Agueda S. Martinez Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 28, 2013
3. Reverse of the Agueda S. Martinez Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 350 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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