KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM
Producer and Host: Abigail Adler
Guest: Ray John de Aragon
RAY JOHN DE ARAGON is the author of 15 books including two children's books. His best known books include New Mexico Book of the Undead, The hidden history of Spanish New Mexico, Haunted Santa Fe and Padre Martinez and Bishop Lamy .
In college, he studied education and went on to earn advanced degrees in American studies with an emphasis on the history, customs and language of New Mexico, including folklore. He has held pivotal positions throughout the state in the NM Educational System. He has been a lecturer at all of the state's universities and colleges.In addition, he has presented programs at New Mexico museums and archives.
However, perhaps his deepest education in NM History came from his family. His childhood was populated with tales of ghosts,like La Llorona- as Well as witches and spirits and curanderas. Ray John de Aragon was born and grew up in Las Vegas NM. His great grandmother was a famous Curandera, a healer who uses herbs for spells and healing. Aragon has made it his life's work to write down and preserve that rich cultural history.
In addition to writing books, Aragon is a traditional santero/fine artist, and a performing artist who has appeared in several theatrical stage lead roles and one movie. He has served on the board of the New Mexico Art Council, and the New Mexico Arts Alliance