Steve Fox is a writer, photographer, journalist and teacher. He’s authored two books of nonfiction and chapters in five books on U.S. mass culture and cultures of the Southwest. He wrote and edited for Horse Fly, the alternative monthly in Taos, and contributed 120 columns to the New Mexico News Service that were carried by newspapers in ten New Mexico towns.
Anita Rodriguez is a painter whose work incorporates Native American ceremonialism, Mexican mysticism and Hispanic folk art. Her book, Coyota in the Kitchen, was published by UNM Press in April, 2016. She was born in Taos to a family that has lived here for generations. In all her work, whether as a traditional enjarradora (adobe finisher), writer, or painter she mirrors, preserves, interprets and explores the diversity of her worlds – Mexico and the United States.
When Anita Rodriguez was born, Taos was on the cusp of change. 95 years before her parents met, in a bloody war, her mother’s people had conquered her father’s people – and the Indians were conquered for the second time. She was born into a Petrie dish of cultural conflict and confluence, from parents of not only different classes, but languages, culinary and decorating tastes, worldviews and races. She revived the adobe finishing techniques of the enjarradora, or traditional woman builder of New Mexico during 25 years as a contractor. Her techniques are now the basis for adobe finishing in the adobe industry. At 46 she became a professional painter, and has achieved recognition for her vividly colorful, narrative images with skeletons. Her book, Coyota in The Kitchen, is about the great and terrible cooks in her improbable family, what happened while they were eating it, and what she did to get some of it.