Robert Mirabal

When I contacted Robert earlier this week regarding this profile on him, I asked him if he had anything specific he’d like me to mention. He emailed me right back. His text was short and to the point.

“Born a Pueblo farmer, raised a Pueblo farmer, will die a Pueblo farmer. Nothing more and nothing less.”

The humility inherent in those words is amazing for a man of Mirabal’s worldly stature and many accomplishments. He has won two Grammy Awards, been honored with multiple accolades, appeared in movies, shared the stage with a myriad of famous names, has published books, and this year received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in New Mexico. His flutes have been displayed in the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, the New York Times has paid tribute to him, and yet Robert remains intrinsically who he is; a link in a long unbroken chain of souls who have lived at the base of Taos Mountain longer than the White Man’s historical reckoning.

I met Robert in 1991. We were both part of a writing group that met every Thursday night. He made a strong impression on me back then with how gifted he was at telling a story. His use of language and turn of phrase was deceptively simple but spoke to many levels of consciousness.

I would probably say that this gift that he has is nothing, just another part of that long tribal thread that connects him to all of his relationships. But in fact, his incredible talent on all fronts is such a gift and blessing that he has been able to share it with so many. When I see Robert perform in front of a huge crowd like I did when he joined Mumford and Sons on stage here in Taos a couple of years ago, I’m so grateful for this time we live in, for the opportunity to cross cultural boundaries. and limits, to finally be able to celebrate our differences and see the unity in our humanity.

Robert Mirabal talks about all that. Be sure to check out his linked site below, where he blogs frequently.

Next weekend we’re giving away another Iron Horse signed CD and poster, so stay tuned!

Iron Horse is performing tonight, Friday December 19th at the TCA in Taos and I understand the concert will prove to be a very powerful and intimate night with Robert, Robby Romero and friends.


Photographs of Robert Mirabal by Bill Curry


Black and white photograph of Robert and his sister taken by their mother.

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