Joshua A. Berman


Situated ten miles north of the mountain town of Taos in northern New Mexico are the interconnected villages of El Salto and Arroyo Seco. Resilient communities, their stewards combine traditional and modern practices to protect, sustain, and reinvigorate the land for future generations to come. In the face of a changing climate, vulnerability to catastrophic wildfires, outside interests looking to encroach on the pure water supply, and a historic land grant collective under financial duress, this series focuses on querencia, a colloquial Spanish term that refers to a sense of place from which a community draws its strength. Interculturally dynamic, the people of these villages hold a strong sense of family and a devotion to community management and engagement of the land and watershed, from fire mitigation efforts, to acequia cleaning, to a touch of the sacred.