Anthropologist, Historian, and Cultural Consultant
For League members interested in the current controversy over the obelisk in the Santa Fe Plaza and the statewide reckoning with New Mexico’s complex history, native New Mexican and former State Historian Estevan Rael-Gálvez offers a deep perspective on his blog.
Dr. Rael-Gálvez is the former Senior Vice President of Historic Sites at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He also served as the executive director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the state historian of New Mexico and is currently the CEO and the founding principal of Creative Strategies 360°. He received his B.A. at the University of California at Berkeley and his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. An heir to these complex legacies, a native son of New Mexico, with ancestral and living ties to both Native American and Hispano/Chicano communities, he is in the process of completing his book focused on American Indian slavery and legacy.