Santa Fe Living Treasures ‚Äď Elder Stories
Honored May, 2001
Pedro Ribera-Ortega has been actively involved with city and religious interests since his junior-high days. "Santa Fe is unique," he said. "The old Spanish families have been involved in the church and state in order for Santa Fe to continue its Hispanic style. It's automatic for us."
Few know more about Santa Fe's rich Hispanic heritage than Ribera-Ortega. As a writer, teacher, archivist, linguist and mentor, he has spent his 70 yers fiercely protecting the city's cultural and religious traditions.
Ribera-Ortega is proud of his Hispanic heritage. He lives in the house he was born in and can trace his family back 20 generations to Spain. "He represents much of what makes the city of holy faith unique," says friend Richard McCord.