Personal Recollections of Tahoma

Tesuque Drive-In Theater with Mural Quincy Tahoma Painted

Tesuque Drive-In Theater with Mural Quincy Tahoma Painted

August 31, 2004

“History is documented with ‘personal recollections.’”

Mona Ortiz Stetina wrote that in an e-mail to Anne Cavanaugh at the Santa Fe New Mexican.

We had written an article for the New Mexican telling people a little bit about Quincy Tahoma and our project and asked for their help. Along with the article, we printed a picture loaned to us by Dan Fannell whose step father Jim Wilson was one of the many people who had befriended Tahoma. A drive-in movie had provided a giant canvas for one of Quincy’s favorite subjects—a horse being spooked by a skunk. We did not know the name of the drive-in, but had been told it stood on Cerillos Road in Santa Fe.

Anne Cavanaugh did some research and came up with Pueblo Drive-In. Well, plenty of people wrote and e-mailed the New Mexican to set us straight. The theater actually was located at Tesuque Pueblo. It was the Pueblo Drive In, but we had the wrong location. Unfortunately, this, the largest “canvas” ever painted by Tahoma eventually was torn down along with the drive-in. Later, a successor, also called Pueblo, was built on Cerillos Road. Our thanks to the many people, like Mona and Elivra Vigel Ogard and John Rodriquez and others who delved into their childhood memories to straighten us out on this bit of history. History indeed is documented with personal recollections.

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1 Response to Personal Recollections of Tahoma

  1. Anne Antonucci says:

    My aunt has the original painting of this mural of Tahoma’s. It once belonged to her father who also befriended Tahoma in the early 1950’s in Santa Fe. The painting has white paint drops on it due to my grandfather using it as his guide when painting this mural. He asked Tahoma if he could have the honor to paint this and even signed Tahoma’s name to it. Tahoma was very appreciative for my grandfather in acknowledging him.

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