The latest publication from Read Indigenous Publishing La Casa al Lado del Camino: Fidencia Ana Maria Chavez y Gallegos de Houser is out now!
Granddaughter Emily Haozous describes her grandmother as a woman who ” has the tenacity to get what she wants accomplished, whether that is raising a family of four boys or supporting her husband artist through the lean times. … She is a role model of a woman who knows how to get the job done. She has always been a woman who has worked within a world that has not always been friendly to women – or strong Native women.” Fidencia Ana Maria Chavez y Gallegos de Houser’s long awaited memoir details her early years and familial history in Northern New Mexico. Ana Maria was born August 7, 1912, near the village of Abiquiu. She is the youngest of nine children born to Juan de Dios Gallegos and Maria Marciala Chavez. Anna Marie’s memoir is a real account of self, family and community with the bountiful Northern New Mexico landscape. This memoir reads like a primer of sustainability with humor and love. It is based on recollections of more than a century of living. In this critical time, Anna Marie’s stories are a revelation of the past, relevant for the present and necessary for the future.