Romero / Mirabal

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There’s an Iron Horse coming down the track and it’s bringing the people back; Rolling thunder fills the sky wipe your tears let them dry; The longest walk will reunite we’re coming together into the light; Emancipation one nation in celebration all our relations
— Iron Horse lyrics

IRON HORSE ~ #ChangeTheName Public Service Announcement (PSA)

 

The IRON HORSE #ChangeTheName PSA first premiered at the 2014 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow before more than 20,000 people in Albuquerque, New Mexico streaming live on www.powwows.com.

Written by Romero and Mirabal, IRON HORSE commemorates The Summer of the Red Willow 10 June 2014 culturally historic name-change of Kit Carson Park to Red Willow Park by the Town Of Taos. 

 
 
 
Robby brought me out of the corn fields of the pueblo to join in igniting a collective fire and creating a poetic dialogue. The inevitable Kit Carson name-change provided the artistic momentum for a coming together of our music.
— Robert Mirabal
 
When the opportunity presented itself, I suggested that the Town Of Taos change the name of Kit Carson Park to Red Willow Park to honor the people of the Red Willow and to bring our people together. I made the suggestion to kindle a conversation about one-sided perspectives that are more often then not ‘his-story – not history’… and I’m certain the curtain has fallen on the misconceptions, stereotypes and derogatory names exploited in history books and in sports and POP cultural about Native Peoples.
— Robby Romero
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ROMERO

Founder and leader of the Native Rock band Red Thunder, Robby Romero rose to prominence with the world broadcast of his first music video, IS IT TOO LATE and his designation as a United Nations Ambassador of Youth for the Environment.  Romero’s American Indian stereotype-breaking Free Your Mind public services announcements and music videos broadcast on MTV and VH1 introduced Native Rock music to the music television generation.

From the heart of Indian Country to the main street of the world, Romero has shared the stage with multi-platinum musical artist, from Buffy Sainte-Marie and Carlos Santana to Bonnie Raitt and Cat Stevens, to name a few.  His politicized rockumentary films (including, America’s Last Frontier, Hidden Medicine and Makoce Wakan) broadcast on VH1, Sundance Channel, CBS and SABC Africa, catapulted him into an arena of his own making.  Romero has received multiple awards in acknowledgment of his work from The National Congress Of American Indians and The United Nations to the industry’s prestigious Cable Ace-Award and Gold and Platinum Records.

MIRABAL

Two-time GRAMMY Award winner, Robert Mirabal, lives with his family at the foot of the sacred Taos Mountain in northern New Mexico.

Maintaining a traditional life, keeping the centuries-old customs of the Taos Pueblo people, Mirabal has been described as a Native American “Renaissance man & musician, composer, painter, master craftsman, poet, actor, screenwriter, horseman and farmer”.

Mirabal travels extensively playing his music all over the world.  “If you live a traditional life you see things differently, spiritually and musically.”

After several recordings highlighting Mirabal’s “exquisitely nuanced flute playing” (as per the New York Times), his 2001 PBS special and CD MUSIC FROM A PAINTED CAVE brought him national acclaim. 

Mirabal was named Recipient of the 2014 New Mexico Governors awards for Excellence in the Arts. He is also a Native Children’s Survival Board Member.

For more information: www.robertmirabal.com

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COUNCIL CHANGES KIT CARSON PARK NAME TO 'RIGHT PAST WRONGS.'

By J.R. Logan | Wednesday, June 11, 2014

In an act town officials are calling a gesture of reconciliation, the Taos Town Council has changed the name of Kit Carson Memorial Park to Red Willow Park… Town manager Rick Bellis told The Taos News Wednesday there would be a ceremony in the coming weeks to formally change the name of the park. Bellis said changing the name would help restore the relationship between the town and Taos Pueblo.

Bellis credited Taos musician Robby Romero with the name “Red Willow,” which was meant to be a neutral alternative. Bellis said the Kit Carson name has been a sticking point as the town works to collaborate with the pueblo on various projects, including events and festivals in the town limits.

#SummerOfTheRedWillow
#ChangeTheName