COLORES | Acequia | New Mexico PBS

For generations, Indigenous peoples in the dry regions of the Southwest have cultivated their lands using a network of reservoirs and gravity-driven irrigation channels called acequias to manage their scarce water resources. This ingenious system was swiftly adopted by Spanish settlers upon their arrival in 1598, leading to a distinct tradition of water management and farming practices in the area. The photograph captures a close-up shot of a hand holding a tool, with the word “ACEQUIA” superimposed in bold letters at the bottom, indicative of the traditional irrigation practices that continue in some form to this day.

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