Chautauqua Program: Capitán Rafael Chacón was witness to the most significant events in the formation of modern New Mexico, from the US invasion of 1846 to statehood in 1912. At the age of 13, he commanded an artillery position at Apache Pass for the aborted defense of Santa Fe. During the Civil War, his company fired the first and last shots at the Texan invaders at the battles of Valverde and Glorieta. Chacón served with honor in the campaigns for peace with the Navajos and Apaches, and was the first commander of Fort Stanton.
Performed by: Enrique Lamadrid. Enrique Lamadrid is a folklorist, critic, translator and professor at UNM. His research charts the influence of indigenous cultures on the Spanish language and imagination.
Grant program of the New Mexico Humanities Council. The New Mexico Humanities Council is a state affiliate of the national Endowment for the Humanities.