|2014 Annual Meeting Theme Statement: Folklore at the Crossroads|
For well over a millennium human beings have traversed the high deserts of New Mexico, trading goods and ideas. The trail from the heart of Mexico northward that became the Camino Real de la Tierra Adentro (Royal Road to the Interior) existed long before the coming of the Spanish in 1540. Likewise did the trade routes from the Mississippi Delta to California and from the Rio Grande to the northern plains. Well before the French dubbed it a "rendezvous,” the neutral Taos Valley was an annual gathering place where Native Americans swapped goods and knowledge. Myriad other routes have crisscrossed New Mexico, including the Butterfield Stage, the Santa Fe Trail, the Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe Railroad, Goodnight-Loving and Chisum Trails, Route 66, and more recently, arts and heritage trails. Over centuries, these routes have transported people to the area, fostering ongoing cultural exchange of goods and ideas. Along with agricultural products came knowledge of their many uses, both as food and construction materials. Cosmological philosophies were discussed and religions blended.
So, come meet us at the crossroads, as we gather to exchange ideas and practices.
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