Cisco guevara


“Cisco Guevara is the fruit of the true vine, an authentic practitioner of one of the great traditional forms of storytelling. He’s a man who has lived a full, engaged and adventurous life, and he tells about it in a sincere, straightforward—and very entertaining—style. Every time I hear Cisco tell, I learn something new about life and about the craft of storytelling.  I come away thinking that if all the fancy dancers, banjo pickers, comedians, yodelers, screamers, acrobats and tinhorn gamblers who fill the ranks of storytellers these days would just sit back and let Cisco drawl out one of his choice memories to them, the whole crew would be vastly edified. Yes, sir; Cisco Guevara is my kind of storyteller.” —Joe Hayes

Cisco Guevara honed his storytelling craft around campfires deep in the river canyons of northern New Mexico. A river runner since his teenage days in Los Alamos, “the Atomic City,” he has become a New Mexico legend: instantly recognizable by his black hat, which was shaped—like the basalt rocks in the Rio Grande Gorge—by the organic power of the river, and famous for his vast knowledge of local lore. In 2010, he was named one of the Top Ten guides in New Mexico.

Cisco’s stories range from his rebellious youth, to tales that draw on his Hispanic and Native American heritage, to hair-raising adventures in the wilderness, to haunting tales of love and loss. A headliner at the Taos Storytelling Festival for the past 11 years, Cisco performs regularly for groups in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, and has told his stories to rapt audiences as far afield as London and Paris.

“The stories of Cisco Guevara are like the Rio Grande river he rafts: exhilarating and full of twists and turns that tell of a life lived gloriously. His stories run the rapids of culture, nature, love and family. He captures a way of life that often goes untold but once spoken, is never forgotten.” —Regina Carpenter

“Cisco is among the last of the great Western storytellers. His style is reminiscent of a grittier Will Rogers, and his pithy observations of life as a river guide on the Rio Grande are not only authentic and brilliantly crafted--but often funny as hell.”  —Carmen Deedy

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