Antigua California Heritage Appreciation
#52 Calle Emiliano Zapata
Along with its natural history, the Culture of Old California deserves a more prominent place in Baja California Sur, Mexico. The Antigua California Heritage Appreciation (ACHóN) group is dedicated to promoting and educating the local and visiting public to the unique history of the peninsula via documentary films, a cultural gallery in Loreto, and gathering oral histories from elders in BCS communities. ACHóN – Project #1 – A Documentary / Story An Historic Mule Pack Trip – On Film ! Dario Higuera Meza was a key subject for the documentary Corazon Vaquero filmed in 2007 in the mountains and ranches of Baja California, Mexico. Saddle-maker, leather-worker and natural teacher, Dario, at age 70, dreams to ride the fading trails of the lower California peninsula. La Recua / Dario's Dream - A part of the film describes how the traditional pack-string equipment was made or gathered; part describes the history of the old falluqueros (peddlers) and their lifestyle; and in general the story will be dedicated to how our present-day burros (donkeys) and arrieros (herdsmen) are re-enacting an era of commerce, las recuas (old-time pack-trains) that was key to livelihood and ranching culture for centuries on the lower California peninsula. Documenting vignettes every hoof-step along the way, Dario and his compañeros will herd those donkeys across 200 miles of spectacular desert and down the old California mission and cargo trails. Some of his family will join him on the trail. Amigos old and new will ride along on the journey, exchanging memories of the past and enlightening viewers to the concept of pre-highway peninsular travel. La Recua / Dario’s Dream Timeline – Phase 1 - May 2017 to March 2018 – research, gathering of pack trip gear. Phase 2 - March 25th to June 25th - RIGHT NOW! We are riding the trails, filming, and living the dream. See Facebook - La Recua Dario’s Dream as we travel south from Comondu to La Paz – Estimated Arrival – April 14th! La Paz Arroyo. Join us for a Gran Finale and Demonstrations.