Editor’s Note: To celebrate 2013’s “Year of Italian Culture,” Davide Arminio, an Italian journalist studying in Albuquerque, is blogging on instances in which Italians and their descendants have helped shape New Mexico and how Italian skills and heritage have spread to the Land of Enchantment.
How is Italian cuisine “exported” in America? What is really Italian? Read more
Sixty years ago in Gallup the construction of the Sacred Heart Cathedral began. It was conceived and made possible by large contribution of the local Italian community. Read more
On December 6, Italian photographer and anthropologist Donatella Davanzo inaugurated the exhibition “Venice and its Carnival” at The Artistic Image Gallery in Albuquerque. There she drew a connection between the City of Canals and the Land of Enchantment. Read more
The New Mexico Italian Film & Culture Festival, which is ready to roll out its seventh edition in February, is going to promote Italian culture and a view of Italian life through some of the best contemporary films, most of which will have their first premieres in New Mexico. Read more
Currently the Italian Cultural Society has about 170 members, both Italians and Americans who are fond of the culture and traditions of Italy. For the upcoming year they’re planning a wide network of partnerships and exchanges with some Italian cities, from north to south of the peninsula. Read more
There’s a game that’s becoming increasingly popular in New Mexico, and it’s not American. It’s bocce (also called “boccie” or “bocci” in English) and it’s one of the oldest games played by mankind. Read more
Sometimes the Old World and the New blend together within the same person. This is the case with Giovanna Paponetti, Taos artist who has Italian origins, and a heart now deeply anchored in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Read more
Slow Food, born in Italy in 1986, is now a worldwide network of more than 2,000 communities, stands against the ‘fast food culture’ and the side effects of globalization – among which the most significant are standardization, artificial foods, fast life, wrong way of living and eating, and the exploitation of natural resources. Read more
One century ago, the coal town of Dawson, in Colfax County, N.M., was a thriving community of 9,000 people. In 1913 and 1923 the mines were shocked by two accidents that killed 400 miners. Among them, it was the Italians and the Greeks who paid the highest price in lives lost. Read more
July 16, 1945. The first nuclear device had just exploded 35 miles southwest of Socorro, N.M.
The Abruzzos were one of those doomed families whose celebrity and good-fortune was tragically balanced by an unpredictable fate. Read more