West Texas Talk:
David Keller On The History Of Pinto Canyon; Josh T. Franco On La Virgen De Guadalupe’s Appearance In Marfa

On this episode, Diana Nguyen talks to archaeologist David Keller about his latest book, In The Shadow Of The Chinatis: A History of Pinto Canyon in the Big Bend. Keller dives into the history of the early ranchers who settled the area and examines the forces that changed the land’s use over time.

As part of Agave Festival, Keller will read from his book at 6 pm on Tuesday, June 4th at the Crowley Theater.

Later, Elise Pepple talks to Josh T. Franco. He grew up in West Texas and is an artist and the National Collector at the Archives of American Art.

Franco talks about the appearance of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Marfa in the nineties and the altar that commemorates the sighting located at the home of Ester Sanchez. In the conversation, he unpacks the altar’s relationship to the works of Donald Judd.

Franco is featured in many of Agave Festival’s events this weekend.

  • Saturday, June 1st at 2 pm – Crowley Theater – Franco will talk to Santa Barraza and Kay turner about agave-related spirituality and home altars of the borderlands. 
  • Sunday, June 2nd at 6 pm – Crowley Theater – Franco will talk with Cheech Marin about his life in art as well as his advocacy for and collection of Chicano Art.
  • Sunday, June 2nd at 7:30 pm – Crowley Theater – Josh Franco, Santa Barraza, and Kay Turner lead a procession from the Crowley Theater to the site of the apparition of the Virgin of Guadalupe. This is the second part of “Mayahuel meets Guadalupe: Ecology of Faith and Practice in the Borderlands.”

About Diana Nguyen

Diana Nguyen is a born and bred Texan from Houston. She reports for Marfa Public Radio where she also hosts and produces the interview program West Texas Talk. Nguyen studied Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas, was a student at the Transom Story Workshop, and was a Next Generation Radio Fellow. Her work explores the stories and forces that shape the people and places of Far West Texas.
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