Dixon/Embudo - New Mexico
The site for this research, San Antonio del Embudo, was one of a string of land grant villages established approximately sixty miles north of Santa Fe. Embudo (later renamed Dixon) is the region where the Spanish settled in the late 1600's. This settlement was chosen by the Spanish for it's accessibility to water in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The Embudo watershed is broadest near the high peaks on the eastside of the Rio Grande gorge and narrows like a “funnel” (embudo in Spanish) as the tributaries drain westward towards the Rio Grande.
The VNMP team was interested in the acequias system and how it has impacted the way of life for the people in this region. The digital archive that subsequently became the Virtual New Mexico Project evolved from extensive interaction with the people of Embudo. The VNMP is a database that attempts to catalog the assets of communities and express the multifaceted evolution of people and in regions globally. Embudo, New Mexico is the catalyst project that established the model for the VNMP.
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