Well, the days seem to drag on when you’re feeling blah and when you’re happy they fly, especially as we all get older and older. Hey, just be happy you’re still here. Heehee.

Life goes on, drags us kicking and screaming, and this is how fast life drags us…, “THEY” say the earliest evidence of any human beings in what is now called New Mexico, dates from about 20,000 years ago, give or take a hundred years. This evidence has been found near the mountains of Sandia near Albuquerque. The Taos people call these mountains the “Medicine Mountains.” This so-called Sandia man later was joined by some other crazy corn loving nomadic hunters—and the other hungry awesome travelers–the Clovis and Folsom people – from the northern and eastern portions of the country. Eventually, more stragglers tasted the corn of the people where the Cochise culture flourished in southwestern New Mexico (today’s modern kin are the Apaches) from about 10,000 to 500 BC.

The Ancient mound builders and Mogollon people tilled small farms in the southwest from 300 BC to about 100 years before that dude (Columbus) was  ever born .

There is no account of our history celebrating, partying with corn beer when we were in darkness and the great flood…anyway.

At around the same time, maybe 1000 years earlier, were the Basket Makers, a semi-nomadic, pinon, turkey eating people who eventually decided that constantly making yucca Huarache’s was a drag so they were guided to become the Anasazi, (name given to them meaning the ancient enemies not the ancient people as some have translated). Even today, some Navajos never go to Chaco Canyon or Cliff Dwellers. The Anasazi, who made their home in the Four Corners region (where present-day New Mexico meets Colorado, Arizona and Utah), were the predecessors of the modern Pueblo Indians. These were amazing times that created the evolutionary world, of my world – the pueblo world.

ancient home lands of the Cliff dwellers of southern Colorado..

Within that time, the Navajo – Dine’ – traveled across the barren bridges. Several 100 years of walking, more or less, and another ten years settled into the four corners.

We were cool for a few 1000 years then an occasional rock thrown here and hitting some dude’s head and a few years of feuding started. Remember these days were the days before the horse, so chasing an enemy over the hill versus a juicy fat jack-rabbit seems a better option. So peaceful life was the norm and not because we didn’t want the testosterone fueled revenge, it was simply that we were much more skinnier and hungrier.


The coming of the metaled-ones and their horses…

In the new year or around the year of 1540 or so, Francisco Vásquez de Coronado led the earliest expedition to New Mexico, guided and lead by a black slave by the name of  Estabanico, possibly one of the greatest unknown explorers of our time; however, that’s another story.

80 years before the strange Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.

A brief moment in time in 1598, guided by Estabanico, Don Juan de Onate led an expedition up the Rio Grande, where, one year later he established the settlement of San Gabriel, near present-day San Juan Cabelleros.

The great year in 1610, again mas-o-menos, the Spaniards moved their capital of activity to what is now Santa Fe where it was considered safe because it was a burial ground and the Pueblos didn’t go there too often.

For more than two or more generations, the Spaniards, who concentrated their lively-hood and settlements, farms, slavery, convicting protection and ranches in the upper Rio Grande Valley, dominated New Mexico.

Except for a period from 1680 to about 1693, when the Pueblo Indians temporarily regained control of the region. That, also, is another story.

So you have a NUTSHELL version of history..all I gotta say is if you’re 15, 35, 55, 05, 87, you ain’t shit when it comes to how long we have been here..

HAPPY NEW YEAR! My ancient Brothers..!

So… kick this short life in the ass, No %^&*ing regrets and No Bull-ssshhhhht!!!


give it all!

eat good food!

make love!

make life!


kiss!…And by next year you will look back, if you’re lucky, and say DAMN I made it another year.


37 thoughts on “HAPPY NEW YEAR!”

  1. Thank you for sharing with us. I am grateful for the time you take to write to us and give us a glimpse of your world.

    I tend to trust the history as remembered by the story tellers, rather than written accounts that might be “HIS Story” rather than History. I am grateful to have attended a “pre-columbian art of the Americas” class while I attended a college in California. They at least were closer in their understanding of what the term “Anasazi” meant – they told me it meant “enemy of my father” which is close to the more accurate explanation that you give.

    I would not be surprised if there had been horses who lived on Turtle Island from before the Spaniards came over. It would not shock me if the giants that Apache elders mention in their stories were the ones who ate the pre-Spanish horses to extinction. After watching “In Search of Giants” on the History channel and hearing of other ancient evidence that has been hidden or destroyed, I believe in actual giants. Perhaps those giants were more hairy than some expected. I believe that not all accounts of “Bigfoot” are hoaxes. I know someone who is native, and he and another professional search and rescue native encountered large barefoot prints in a remote location where they were dropped by helicopter to search for any survivors of a small plane that crashed in the area. Both natives knew what bear footprints look like and these were not them. Also these men saw those footprints before any news agency picked up a story about bigfoot. They did not know what made the footprints. The bare footprints were larger than any human feet either man had ever seen. Maybe “bigfoot” are the descendants of those earlier giants spoken about in legends from all over the world.

    Unfortunately I do have some regrets, but I will try not to dwell upon them. By focusing on that which I am grateful rather than what I wish I had done, I shall be happier. In the new year, I intend to focus on that which I can change that will be for the greatest good of all concerned.

    Today I am scheduled for a long day of work, so I might ring in the new year at work, shortly followed by cleaning up after the customers and finishing the paperwork.

    Blessings to you, A.D.M., K.S.M., M.R.M., your mother, your sisters, brothers, in laws, friends, family that I missed mentioning, Conan, Spirit, your dogs, cat(s) and your fields.
    Also blessings to everyone who reads this.

    In honor and compassion,

  2. p.s. for the new year, I intend not to mention creative projects that I hope to do until after I finish them. That way they will not appear to be b.s.

    I trust creator to give answers in ways that I will understand them.

    I am grateful that I do not follow a church like the one Hozier was talking about. Any church that tells me I should hate anyone is not for me.

    I have been hearing more and more about how certain vibrations of music can be healing. I will sing more in 2015,

  3. Hello Robert
    Merry Christmas (a little late) and Happy New Year.
    It’s going to be a good year…..I think

  4. Robert,
    Thank you!
    May 2015 bring you abundant crops and creative expression! May you enjoy each moment with your loved ones! May nature envelope you in her beauty, healing and love!
    Peace and love to you, your family and all Taos Pueblo!
    Happy New Year!!!

  5. I enjoy the history. We whites have only one version and no one had better mess with it. Thanks. Will you say hello to Denise for me? She is a great flute teacher.

  6. DAMN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I MADE IT ANOTHER YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Think i’ll go play my flute 🙂

  7. Was really great to read..I Love History and you are funny,,it is great you put humor in your stories…Happy New Year Robert and to all your Family Always Robbie Robison..:)

  8. Well thank you for the history… That is about what I was teaching my Native, non-native kids down here in Santa Fe so I am glad that what I found for them to look at was accurate. Santa Fe perched on a burial ground ~ that makes sense…. sadly.

    I especially appreciated the “heehee” about still being alive. I feel like a survived some kinda storm (aka ~ 2014) and haven’t quite gotten my bearings yet…..

    But am grateful for beauty and the sun and the Light and the mountains and all my relations

    I wish you and all of your family/relations a peace~filled, prosperous and creative New Year of life…

    See you out on the trail and as always ~ mahalo nui loa * xox *

  9. Thank you, Robert! As always, we love your introspection that makes us think and analyze our own lives and what we do with them. The history told in a much better and more truthful way about the pueblos was so interesting and expanded what I knew.
    You have such a gift for storytelling. My hopes are to continue doing more for others and living in the moment, to enjoy life each day and face our beautiful NM sun and sky with thanks. We are so blessed. I also want to find some blue corn masa! (for tamales) Do you have it up there?

    Happy New Year Blessings to you, your beautiful family, and
    everyone! Linda

  10. Wishing you and the family a wonderful new year…
    May the coming year hold many blessings..

    I would share my first real christmass n such but i am yet still NOT able to share comments in facebook…
    I have no idea why this has happened again… or if i have done something wrong… sighs i feel sad to not be able to do that …

  11. Happy New Year, Robert.
    Thank you for the true story of those who were here far earlier than dominant society’s so-called history. More of these stories need to be told so that our children will have a better understanding the real past and the possibilities of the future. You are so wonderful for sharing with us.
    The show at TCA was awesome! I enjoyed it tremendously. Saw some of the sparkle was back in your eyes and that is a good thing.
    I’m enjoying the Beauty up here in Guadalupita today and wishing the best for you and all of your family and All My Relations for the year 2015.

  12. Hi Robert!
    This year was low key. Small group of friends got together and we had a intimate drum circle. 2014 was a difficult year for me health wise. I had a year end consultation with my surgeon on New Year’s Eve. This year my word of intention is PRAYER. Not just for myself but for the Universe I must boost my immune system and stay healthy. Priority! Call on all Spirit Guides and Angels. Meditation, Reiki, Nutritionalist and New Journey!!! Keep me in your Prayers.

  13. Thanks you so much for the correct history lesson, I’m always ready to learn the history of our people and not the white history taught in school, i really enjoy your blogs and your music are you doing a new new cd any time soon. Are you still married, I read about you and your daughters but nothing about your wife, I find it awesome when a couple have been married for many years, my wife and I will celebrate 40 years this year, I’m 61 soon 62 and getting stronger each day I pump iron 4 days a week. I miss New Mexico, northern part a lot, we always concider it home. Any way you and your family have a great New Year, will keep you in our prayers. stay healthy my friend. this damn lap top keeps messing up.

  14. Thank you for sharing your deep ancestral history with us. May the sun shine on your next year brightly but gently.

  15. Thank you for your history lesson. Love it. May you and your family be healthy and happy in this new year.

  16. Dear sir,
    technical question – I am not sure why this happens… when I click the link in your newsletter to “check your schedule” the link to this site comes up with this message instead of a schedule, store pages, or your blog:

    “Page Not Found

    We’re sorry, but the page you are looking for isn’t here.

    Try searching for the page you are looking for or using the navigation in the header or sidebar”

    (I am not sure why it does that, but maybe a Tech person will figure it out.)

    Sincerly, Amy

    p.s. one of the ways I celebrate the new year is to listen to a radio show where people can phone in their predictions about what the new year is going to have in store. — The show hosts also pull out predictions that people made last year about this year, and decide if what they said came true or not.
    p.p.s. I used to have this notion that I should be kissing the love of my life on the stroke of midnight, but that has not panned out very well for me. Besides, my children are about 2,000 miles away.

  17. Hello Robert, Happy New Year to you and those you hold dear. May the coming year be prosperous and peaceful.
    The last line in the first paragraph,”just be happy you’re still here” rings very true. Just last night my partner and I were talking about how the holidays took a dive this year (due to many of my actions) and I commented to him, “it’s the story of my life.” He commented back, “at least you still have a life.” Then the silence of understanding and appreciation. He, like yourself, has a way of putting life into perspective, except he uses way fewer words. lol But that is good so that when he speaks, I know I should always listen.
    So cheers to you and thank you for a year of blogging that always makes me smile. I look forward to the coming year!

    Best Regards,

  18. I hope you and your family are blessed with a wonderful new year! My wife and I had the pleasure to see you perform at El Farol early last week. The music and your connection with the audience was deeply felt- it certainly was with us. It was a wonderful way to end the year. Thank you for sharing your gifts.

  19. Happy New Year, Robert.
    Thank you for teaching us and sharing with us.
    Thank you for the corn seed you gave , and I grew, and ground and used for making cornbread to share with family and friends. Thank you for the music and the dancing.
    Thank you, Robert!

    Looking forward to this new year, to learn more, do more and become healthier, so that I may enjoy more.

    All the best!

  20. Loved the history lesson, thanks…

    Happy New Year to you and your family…and right back at you.

    ..I love you also. for all the beauty you have been given., and all the valleys you have gone through that have made you the person you are…Full of strength and pride, and yes, humbliness.

  21. Robert~
    Always love your introspection….
    Lot’s of love and happiness in this New Year!
    As always, Make Music and love not war….
    (I say a little prayer I might get to Taos THIS year)
    Happy New Year to you and yours

  22. Wow, That was interesting… MAKE AN ALBUM OF THIS !
    songs of the different generation,
    songs about what you remember… It was not so long ago for an old soul
    Songs about the sounds that rejoices the hearts and the land through thosej times

    Can’t wait to see you play this story on Santa Fe plaza for the next swaia !!


  23. Roberto!
    Last day of Christmas – Feast day of the Three Kings. I know they from Orient are, but swear I saw them a couple of Christmases ago at Taos Pueblo -just after mass. There they were outside the church walls; standing in a hudle, swaddled in Pendletons, conversing at their leasure. I could’ve stopped and chatted but chose to walk quietly by those 3 Wise Guys.
    Ojale que todo se va suave en el ano que entra,

  24. I hope that everything is going well for you. It was really cold here, then warmed up a bit.

    I am grateful that I know how to drive in snow. (One main factor is to drive slower than if it was dry pavement in the summer.)

    Even though things do not always work as I would like at first. I have faith that a higher power will guide me to the best situations. I applied for a job with a newspaper, however I sprained my ankle while volunteering at a local animal shelter and did not want to hobble in to ask how my application was doing. (It turns out that people I know said that it was a stressful work environment there at the job I had applied for. Luckily I got a job a couple months later that is great for me. (Still not my dream job, but one that I enjoy.)

    My doTerra hobby has the potential of boosting my bodies functions so that it can heal itself, and it has the potential for building me a “retirement” because after I help people that I sign up, I can have a good residual income. I am grateful for the opportunity to regain my health. I have had surgery on my knee, I know what recovering from that can be like.

    I look forward to reading your future blogs.
    blessings to you, your family, and friends, including those 4 legged ones, feathered ones, and all that walk, swim, or fly as well as mother earth herself.


  25. p.s. hmmm….I was reminded this morning downtown (and I’ve seen this reflection in church too) that there were two Wise Men & one Wise Woman. One of those wise guys looked a little saucy this morning…may be still celebrating or may be keeping warm. Whichever, I stand corrected.

  26. Natividad,
    You covered some territory here. Thanks for the link to Estevan Arellano – clearly he was eloquent & humble. (So you know about ‘La Leyenda Negra’?) I especially liked that Estevan understood that most of us – Hispanos (and I’ll add Mexicanos & Chicanos to that list) are mestizos. We come from two or more ethnicities, many of us are also Indigenous.
    Buddhist tradition speaks of ‘The 6 Realms’. Check out what they have to say about the human realm and how fortunate we are to be in this realm where we can find freedom. Turns out we are the ones we’ve been waiting for!
    I think Estevan knew that.

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