MI PUEBLITO

Eléctrica in the Desert

CLAIRE  O’BRIEN 2011

Realmente no es mi pueblo,  y no es tan poco.

It isn’t really my town and, by New Mexico standards, it isn’t really little.

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 7,500 people live here, but since there are towns of four, six and even just two or three hundred and less in this region, it isn’t as small as it would be in other parts of America. It is also the county seat, which makes it even bigger, but the presence of Las Cruces an hour south, and El Paso/Juarez 30 minutes beyond it, prevents “my” town from getting too big for its britches. Okay, it’s a little big for it’s britches, but that’s good because it’s poor.

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Old, small mountains surround the town, covered with tough desert vegetation. The huge sky and the particular quality of the light make the barren mountains seem softer. They…

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One thought on “MI PUEBLITO

  1. Beautiful photos, Claire! They’re alive and rich in color. I love this bit of local history that’s new to me:

    “When I first came to the town, I thought most of the people were Anglo, but 80 percent of them identify as Hispanic. They are Spanish-Americans, descended from the Spanish colonists who trailed after the Conquistadores. There is a certain element of racism in this identity, but it has been significantly eroded by the broader racism of American culture, which lumps everyone named Gonzalez, Garcia, Montoya, Hernandez together and thinks that Madrid is somewhere in southern Mexico.”

    Wondering how Trump will do in your town.

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