04 Apr My Trip to the Moon – Los Lunas, New Mexico
“I’m visiting my cousin in Los Lunas this weekend,” I told my dad.“Oh! You’re going to the moon?” he asked.
Interesting fact about Belen is that it was originally a settlement provided by Spanish authorities for the Genízaros. According to the traditional short definition, Genízaros are Indian captives sold to Spaniards who then became household servants. Most Genízaros in New Mexico were Plains Indians captured by other Plains tribes and then sold to individual Hispanos or Pueblos.
In modern history, Belen is also known for its controversial placement of a nativity scene at the village’s center and main drag, which was paid for using state funding through taxpayer dollars. The ongoing argument over this installment is that of a separation of church and state and whether it exists in small places at which politics and family powers are one in the same.
Teddy’s Rough Rider
Spirits, and not the kind you drink
The flooding Rio Grande
The Los Lunas Institution
Secrets of a small place
As I was trying to summarize the agricultural communities that make up Los Lunas, I thought it better that I reach out to an old Instagram follower who knows the area better than I. So, I asked Brandon, whose family owned a farm in Los Lunas, to describe the village for me, to tell me something that would lure someone unknowing of this place to visit one day, something about it that would make them say, “well, imagine that.” But to my surprise, what he told me wasn’t about fantastical ghosts or some wild religious lore or about the drama and demise within a longstanding family bloodline… rather it was simpler, something a little more neat and wholesomely American.
“People here are all about family and traditions. Lots of mantanzas and chicharrones! Friday nights are a no club scene, more like backyard BBQ’s and just hanging out with family and friends. Even though it’s growing like crazy, it still has the small town feel to it. No rat race here, and you will get stuck behind tractors every now and then.”