In 2020, when its historic-church tours and concerts became unviable due to the pandemic, NUEVO MEXICO PROFUNDO initiated an ambitious oral-biography project to document the lives of one hundred New Mexicans. The project was completed in mid-October 2021.
The participants range in age from their twenties to their nineties, with geographical distribution from Kirtland to Hidalgo County. A variety of New Mexican lifestyles are represented, including among others ranchers, educators, hippies, writers, artists, artisans, musicians, scholars, chefs, law-enforcement officers, gallery owners, veterans, immigrants, horse breeders and trainers, environmentalists, rodeo athletes, and government officials. Also included are many participants related to Profundo’s historic-church focus, among them Franciscans, mayordomos, hermanos penitentes, pilgrims, santeros, preservation advocates, and restorers. A project brochure with a complete roster of the participants is here. The interviews range in length from one to three hours and the files include portraits. In 2022 Profundo will explore the adaptation of excerpts from the interviews into thematically organized podcasts.
The archive is housed at the Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico, and eventually the interviews will be included in New Mexico Digital Collections.