Tesuque Pueblo oral history project, 1992-1993  PDF

Overview of the Collection

American West Center
Tesuque Pueblo oral history project
1992-1993 (inclusive)
2 boxes, (1 linear foot)
Collection Number
The Tesuque Pueblo oral history project contains several interviews collected by the American West Center.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
Telephone: 801-581-8863
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Twenty-four hour advanced notice encouraged. Materials must be used on-site. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.


Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Tesuque Pueblo oral history project contains several interviews collected by the American West Center.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Tesuque Pueblo oral history project must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: Tesuque Pueblo oral history project, Accn 2200, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Following Citations:Accn 2200.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Interviews, Abeyta to PinoReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Container(s) Description
Dominguita Abeyta
Abeyta (b. 1914) recalls growing up on her grandfather's ranch. Topics include herding cattle, cheese-making, food and medicinal herbs, school, pottery-making, feast days, deer hunting, sewing, gardening, and marriage.
Marie Vigil Dorame
Dorame (b. 1919) gives information about her genealogy and recalls her growing up years. Topics discussed include cheese-making, the village school, St. Catherine's boarding school, her World War II military service, a furlough, marriage and children, making pottery, and cattle.
Ignacia Duran
Duran (b. 1921) discusses her family and growing up on a farm. She also talks about school, hunting, corn and wheat crops, harvesting and threshing, pottery-making, pradators and pottery patterns, schools, and the Tewa and English languages.
James Hena
Hena (b. 1930) begins with information about his family and childhood recollections, then goes on to talk about agriculture, public school, military service in the Korean war era, marriage and family, service on the pueblo council, Los Alamos, working with federal agencies, establishing Navajo Community College, and Aspen Ranch.
J. Marvin Herrera
J. Marvin Herrera (b. 1935) talks about his father's family and growing up at the pueblo. Other subjects covered include transportation, working in the fields, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, recreation and hunting, wheat, irrigation, school, military service, and working in New Mexico.
Helen Herrera
Helen Herrera (b. 1934) recalls her grandparents, the early death of her father, wheat, cattle, St. Catherine's school, a trip to West Virginia in 1963, marriage and children, changes to the pueblo after World War II, Aspen Ranch, fiestas and celebrations, work at the moccasin factory, and pottery.
Rumaldo Herrera
Rumaldo Herrera (b. 1903) details his genealogy and talks about farming, hunting, cattle, irrigation, harvesting, and working on the railroad. He also talks about pottery and beadwork.
Virginia Romero Leno
Leno (b. 1909) describes her mother and grandparents and the location of their farm. She also talks about crops, farm work, cattle and horses, her father and his family, pottery making, marriage and children, housing, irrigation, canning and breadmaking, and teaching her grandchildren Tewa.
Grace Mora
Mora (b. 1921) discusses her family and growing up at the pueblo. She also talks about making drums, gathering wheat, livestock, herding cattle and storing food, a blindness in the family, school and work experiences, and her husband and children.
Caroline C. Padilla
Padilla (b. 1913) describes her parents and grandparents. Other topics covered include farming, crops, school, St. Catherine's, pottery making, marriage, her husband's employment, clay and pottery, and moccasin beadwork.
Joe A. Pino
Joe Pino (b. 1932) talks about his parents and grandparents, and the location of their farm. He also discusses crops, food storage, St. Catherine's and St. Michael's schools, the death of his father, military service, witnessing an atomic bomb blast, hunting, feasts and celebrations, and the Tewa language.
Lorenzo Pino
Lorenzo Pino (b. 1905) was born in the pueblo and lived their his entire life. He talks about his childhood and schooling, farming, herding cattle and sheep, hunting deer in the Aspen Ranch area, fishing, herbal lore, tanning hides, and the Chupadero and Rio en Medio areas.

Interviews, Quinlivan to VigilReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 2

Container(s) Description Dates
Marie Felix Quinlivan
Quinlivan (b. 1930) details her genealogy and recalls growing up in the pueblo. She discusses school, her relatives in Santa Clara, fiestas and feast days, work at Los Alamos, meeting her husband, Aspen Ranch, wild donkeys, working on the farm, storing food, making soap, harvesting, changes in the pueblo, hiking, and her Tewa name.
Eliliana Romero Samuel
Samuel (b. 1907) talks about farming, selling wood, schooling, pottery, travel to other pueblos, experiences during World War II, her children, and her Tewa name.
Camilio Suazo
Suazo (b. 1920) details his genealogy and talks about farming, hunting, and going to both the Santa Fe Indian School and St. Catherine's School. During World War II, he was inducted into the army and shipped to Iran, where the army was shipping supplies to Russia. After his discharge, he received carpentry training.
Teresa Tapia
Tapia (b. 1930) recalls his childhood, when his grandfather was governor of the pueblo. He talks about making and selling pottery, farming, work at Los Alamos, and his marriage and children.
Eligio Vigil
Eligio Vigil (b. 1927) talks about his childhood at the pueblo before being sent to St. Catherine's boarding school. He graduated from St. Michael's and was inducted into the army during the Korean war. After the war he returned to the pueblo; got married, had children, and worked at the department of motor vehicles before returning to farming. He also talks about tribal governmnet, the closeness of the tribe, and the prosperity of the pueblo.
Joe G. Vigil
Joe Vigil (b. 1919) recalls his childhood, schooling, working at Los Alamos and in Texas, marriage and family, hunting, and trapping birds. Other topics include the Lost Tesque Pueblo Map, serving as governor, water issues, harvesting, and his employment after serving as governor.
Marcus Vigil
Marcus Vigil (b. 1908) recalls his parents, grandparents, and farming by Camel Rock. He discusses crops, cattle, wheat, irrigation, cattle, hunting, schooling, military service, and working at the Indian School.
Marie Veronica Vigil
Marie Vigil (b. 1926) details her genealogy and recalls her early life. She talks about her grandparents, pottery, livestock, schooling, and her husband. She also describes her marriage, a job at Los Alamos, Aspen Ranch, her job with a physician, the illness of her mother, and babysitting her grandchildren.
Paul Vigil
Paul Vigil (b. 1932) talks about his grandparents and their farm, raising cows, Aspen Ranch, hunting, his schooling, marriages, serving on the tribal council, and coming home to Tesuque.
Priscilla Vigil
Priscilla Vigil (b. 1919) discusses her family, raising wheat, vegetables and fruits, school, her marriage, World War II, changes in Tesuque after the war, dairy products and poultry, and the Tewa language.
Vicenta Vigil
Vicenta Vigil (b. 1905) recalls her father's farm in the Camel Rock area. She talks about her relatives, helping on the farm, growing apples, a dairy herd, making tamales and tortillas, storing food, marriage and family, and making pottery and other crafts to support St. Catherine's school.
Tesuque Geography
Marcus Vigil, Joe G. Vigil, and Jose Pino discuss the area surrounding Tesuque Pueblo, giving the Tewa names of geographical features and recalling some of the historical land usage.
Marcus Vigil, Jose Pino, Vicki Downey, Sue Dorame, Earl Samuel, and Floyd O'Neil gather in the map room and discuss geographical features, land use, and Tewa place names.

Master Files, Dominguita Abeyta to Joe A. PinoReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 3

RESTRICTED. Access limited to manuscripts staff.

Master Files, Lorenzo Pino to MappingReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 4

RESTRICTED. Access limited to manuscripts staff.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Pueblo Indians--New Mexico--Sources
  • Corporate Names :
  • University of Utah. American West Center
  • Geographical Names :
  • Tesuque Pueblo (N.M.)--History--Sources
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Interviews
  • Oral histories