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Following the Manito Trail

August 12 - November 18, 2017

Boyle Gallery

Following the Manito Trail is an interdisciplinary ethnographic project that documents Hispanic New Mexican, or Manito, migration from New Mexico to different parts of the United States during the last century.

Following the Manito Trail consists of a collection of oral histories, photographs, and artifacts that document, for the first time, the many contributions that Manito’s have had on the Western United States.

The Following the Manito Trail exhibition at the American Heritage Center focuses on Manitos migration into Wyoming. It looks at the many socio-cultural facets that have allowed Manito culture to endure beyond geographic restraints. The exhibit contextualizes the many aspects of Wyoming life and culture that Manitos have shaped, contributed to, and influenced.

  • Panel Discussion: Following the Manito Trail: a conversation with the researchers | Siguiendo el camino de los Manitos: una conversación con los investigadores, Friday, September 22, 5 to 6 pm; Stockgrowers Room
    • Panelists: Levi Romero, University of New Mexico; Vanessa Fonseca, Arizona State University; Adam Herrera, University of Wyoming; Trisha Martínez, University of New Mexico; Troy Lovata, University of New Mexico
  • Presented by the American Heritage Center
  • Funded by the American Heritage Center


Left: Adam P. Herrera (American, 1982- ) Portraits at the Apodaca Home, 2016, digital photograph, courtesy of Following the Manito Trail Oral History Project

Right: Adam P. Herrera (American, 1982- ) Emilio Vigil, 2016, digital photograph, courtesy of Following the Manito Trail Oral History Project. 

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