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The Shidoni Foundry in the 1970s was part of a commune of artists located in the same place the foundry is today. The foundry was the only new building I was aware of, other artisans inhabiting literally the chicken coops of the previous commercial inhabitants. In the late 1970s and 80s we would have one or two field trips per school year involving my students which included Shidoni. The commune evaporated, but Tommy Hicks was always extremely gracious when we visitied. In due time I will annotate these slides.

This series in now in the photo archives of the Palace of the Governors/New Mexico History Museum in Sante Fe, New Mexico. If you have interest in them contact: