“Born a Pueblo farmer, raised a Pueblo farmer, will die a Pueblo farmer. Nothing more, nothing less.”
The humility inherent in those words is astounding for a man of Mirabal’s worldly stature and many accomplishments. He’s won two Grammy’s, been honored with multiple accolades, appeared in motion pictures, shared the stage with a myriad of famous names, has had books published and this year, received the Governors Award For Excellence In The Arts in New Mexico. His flutes have been displayed in the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, the New York Times has paid him homage and yet Robert remains intrinsically who he is; one link in a long unbroken chain of souls who have lived at the base of Taos Mountain for longer than the White Man’s historical reckoning.
I first met Robert in 1991. We both were part of a writers group that met every Thursday evening. He made a strong impression on me back then in regards to how gifted he was at telling a story. His use of language and turn of phrase was deceptively simple but spoke to many levels of awareness.
Robert Mirabal speaks to all that. Be sure to check out his site linked below, where he blogs frequently.
We are giving away another signed Iron Horse CD and poster next weekend so stay tuned!
Iron Horse will perform Tonight, Friday Dec 19th at the TCA in Taos and my understanding is that the concert will prove to be a very powerful and intimate evening with Robert, Robby Romero and friends.
Photographs of Robert Mirabal by Bill Curry
Black and white snapshot of Robert and his sister taken by his mother.