Iron Horse

“When the opportunity presented itself, I suggested that the City of Taos change the name of Kit Carson Park to Red Willow Park to honor the people of Red Willow. I made the suggestion to ignite a conversation about one-sided perspectives which, in most cases, are “their – story” and not history…and I am sure the curtain has fallen on the misconceptions, stereotypes and derogatory names exploited. in history books and in sports and Pop Culture, about the Original Peoples”.

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In celebration and recognition of Native American Heritage Month, I have a post (and Thanksgiving gift) that honors two Native American artists.

On June 10, 2014, the controversial renaming of Kit Carson (to Red Willow) Park, an ordinance that has not yet gone into effect, brought together two of Taos’ native powerhouses. Robby Romero and Robert Mirabal have teamed up to release this single (Iron Horse) with an EP in the works.

Two-time Grammy Award winner Robert Mirabal is a native son of the Red Willow (Tewa) people. His talent as a writer, actor, flute player (and flute maker) has earned him international recognition. Robert has won many awards for his hauntingly beautiful performances, including the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Native American Music Award, the New York Dance and Performance Award, and more. He has appeared on several PBS specials and played Tony Lujan, the husband of Mabel Dodge Lujan in Taos Pueblo, in the film Georgia O’Keefe, starring Academy Award-winning actress Joan Allen.

Robby Romero, of Apache descent, secured his place on the front lines of indigenous activism for the preservation of Mother Earth, when his politicized public service announcements, music videos and documentary films for MTV and VH1 Free Your Mind, which break with stereotypes of American Indians. and Sundance Channel, introduced Native Rock Music to the music television generation and catapulted it onto a stage of its own making. He rose to fame with his Is It Too Late music video campaign, which was broadcast globally from the Kremlin in 1990.

He was appointed Youth Ambassador for the Environment of the United Nations. Robby has toured the world as the leading native rock musician, tirelessly raising awareness of the plight of indigenous peoples affected by climate change for over two decades. His groundbreaking music videos and short films have been shown on major networks around the world, earning him multiple awards, including from the National Congress of American Indians, the United Nations, and the prestigious Cable Ace Award. His recordings have achieved Gold and Platinum status.

Robby and Robert’s first musical collaboration, Iron Horse, is a melodic rock song, an anthem, as in their call to conscience, and it’s playing on major US stations as I write. Together, these men represent a formidable united front, and I’m thrilled to share their stories, and their interwoven connections to our city’s past and future, over the next six weekends right here at taoStyle.

Iron Horse is available for purchase on itunes and and you can listen to the tune at the Iron Horse link below, but if you stay tuned and answer the question below correctly, you could be the lucky winner of a signed Iron Horse! . CD along with a limited edition Summer Of The Red Willow poster.

Q. When was November declared Native American Heritage Month?

A. 1) January 15, 2008

2) November 12, 1993

3) August 3, 1990

The first person to comment with the correct answer wins the prize! Good luck to you all.

Iron Horse cover photo by Paul O’Connor

Graphic Design Jack Leustig

Color photography by Rima Karisst

Sepia photo of Carol Morgan – Eagle

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