ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Farmers, a poet, a custodian, musicians, a refugee, a rugby player and Taiwanese immigrants might seem like a motley crew but they all have one thing in common.
Each has made an appearance on the internet page of a new project aiming to highlight the culture and history of New Mexico through individual stories and experiences. The project, called Humans of New Mexico, debuted online in March 2016 and has made its way to the University of New Mexico’s four main libraries as an exhibit.
The project’s founder is Rafael Martinez, a Ph.D. student at UNM with a focus on immigrant rights and social movements. Martinez said the project is not related to his academic work but something he personally thought was important. Martinez’s family moved to the Los Angeles area when he was 4 years old. He came to New Mexico five years ago to attend UNM as a graduate student and fell in love with the state.
“I wanted to showcase or present a different side of New Mexico,” Martinez said. “You hardly hear from the people directly.”