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Mayordomo: Chronicle of an Acequia in Northern New Mexico

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  48 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Irrigation ditches are the lifelines of agriculture and daily life in rural New Mexico. This award-winning account of the authors experience as a mayordomo, or ditch boss, is the first record of the life of an acequia by a community participant.
Paperback, 248 pages
Published July 1st 1993 by University of New Mexico Press (first published 1988)
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M. Sarki
Pretty much a complete bore and a book a person with absolutely nothing better to do with one's life would read. That person is not I. A disappointing read that never got me out of the ditch. And if the book did get better later on perhaps old Stanley should have started there.
Susan Eubank
Here are the questions we discussed at the Reading the Western Landscape Book Club at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden.

• How did the author’s writing style affect your reading of the book?
• What was the most astonishing fact you learned?
• Give examples of how this rural environment significantly differs from our urban one? Are there beneficial aspects of that environment that could be adapted to urban areas?
• Give an example of something interesting you learned from one of
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Japhet Els
Crawford writes with concern about the potential effect of new water laws on a close-knit Hispanic community currently operating their irrigation ditch (or acequia) under traditional Spanish laws. Fed only by melting snow, the Acequia de la Jara is of central importance to the landowners in this hilly area of sparse rainfall, for their crops depend on it. Overseeing maintenance and fair usage of the ditch is thus crucial, and following a centuries-old custom Crawford was elected mayordomo to ove ...more
Bob Finch
Nice memoir of a gringo majordomo (ditch boss) in Taos, New Mexico.
Anita
Poetry in the telling of mundane life in northern NM. If you're interested in the culture and people that hasn't really changed in many, many years then find a quiet moment to read this. Don't expect action or much movement. This is just a visual slice of life on a farm and its people.
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Crawford is the author of "Gascoyne," "Petroleum Man," "Log of the S.S. The Mrs Unguentine," "A Garlic Testament: Seasons on a Small New Mexico Farm," "Mayordomo: Chronicle of an Acequia in Northern New Mexico," "The River in Winter," and "Some Instructions to My Wife Concerning the Upkeep of the House and Marriage and to my Son and Daughter Concerning the Conduct of their Childhood." He lives in ...more
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Log of the S.S. the Mrs. Unguentine A Garlic Testament: Seasons on a Small New Mexico Farm Gascoyne Some Instructions to My Wife Concerning the Upkeep of the House and Marriage, and to My Son and Daughter Concerning the Conduct of Their Childhood Petroleum Man

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