Moira Peckham Humanities and Social Science
Liquid Connections: Water Management, Structures, and Community Identity at Abiqui, NM
I am seeking to explore the intersection between water management techniques and structures (called acequias) and community identity in Abiqui, New Mexico. I’m taking a multifaceted approach to engage with this question. I am looking at the physical irrigation structures (constructed during the Spanish occupation of New Mexico) and their connection to other structures that are important to the community, archival and literary research, and oral histories regarding shared history and water use. Another important aspect of this project is that it is community engaged archaeological scholarship, meaning that there is a partnership with the Abiquiuceo community, that they are involved in the research design and critique of interpretation.