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Celebrate 150 Years of Idaho Latino History March 14

By: Cienna Madrid   Published 8:57 am / March 6, 2017

Musicians and composers from the Northwest will join Boise cultural activist and singer Ana Maria Schachtell from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, in the Hatch D Ballroom of the Student Union Building to talk about the traditional Mexican corrido, or ballad, and how this art form is the perfect tool to celebrate the history of the Latinos in Idaho.

The trio will select and perform some of the stories and ballads included in the book “Nuestros Corridos: 150 Years of Latino History through Song & Word – 1863 to 2013.”

This event is sponsored by Boise State’s Casita Nepantla and is free and open to the public.

About the performers:

Juan Manuel Barco is an accomplished musician and composer living in Seattle, Washington. When he was nine years old, his parents bought him a guitar and Juan Manuel taught himself to play. Since 1994, he has been performing for school programs through the Northwest Folklife education program. In 2010, he joined the Idaho Corrido Project and led a group of local musicians to write songs and poetry about the history of the Latinos in Idaho. He has played with famous “conjunto” musicians and wrote the corrido “Don Luis el Tejano” in honor of his father. In 2013, Barco was inducted into the Tejano Music Hall of Fame in Texas.

Bonifacio “Bodie” Dominguez was born in Olmito, Texas. He has been a musician and performer for over 38 years and is a member of the Western Music Association and the Academy of Western Music, where he has participated in cowboy gatherings all over the U.S. and Canada. Dominguez helps host a radio program on KRLC in Lewiston called the American Heritage Show, during which he promotes western music and poetry. Since 2010, he has been part of the Idaho Corrido Music Project and presenting around the state on the history of the Latinos in Idaho.

Ana Maria Nevarez-Schachtell was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, and came to Idaho via California in 1974. She has a BA in multi-cultural/bilingual education, including endorsements in Spanish and German from Boise State University. Schachtell spearheaded the creation of the Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho in Nampa, founded the Stay-in-School Quinceañera Program, a motivational program for Latino middle school students, and serves on the board of the Idaho Latino Scholarship Foundation. In 2014, she was awarded the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Support for the Arts.