The Manitos Digital Community Archive is an ongoing initiative to develop a community-based digital archive focused on the rural Indo-Hispano villages of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. Natives of this region—who often call themselves manitos and manitas from the Spanish hermano—are a population whose ancestors include both Native Americans and Spanish/Mexican settlers who arrived in the region in 1598. In 2020, the project faced the dual challenges of COVID-19 and a gap in the funding cycle. An NEH CARES grant provided the financial means for the project to continue its story-gathering and community engagement work.
–Estevan Rael-Gálvez, project director