El Jefe
Contact Information
Book Stores & Signings, Sculptures, Photography, Presentations
Ruben E. Archuleta
P.O. Box 7871,   Pueblo West, CO, 81007
e-mail:  rearch145@aol.com
cell #: 719-251-5096
Ruben E. Archuleta has been a keynote speaker at historical, genealogical society events and symposiums
throughout Colorado, New Mexico and South Dakota.  Archuleta's presentations cover the Penitentes' history,
their rituals, their personal experiences, and the everyday life of the brotherhood.  The author's presentations
have been enhanced by his personal displays which include a
carreta de la muerte (death cart), a matraca
(wooden noise maker) and original  Penitente journals and
cuadernos (hand written prayer books).  While
working on
Land of the Penitentes Land of Tradition Archuleta accumulated an extensive collection of Penitente
items and photos.  A collection of some of the color photographs that he has taken are now on permanent exhibit
at Ft. Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.

Archuleta has also given motivational presentations to at-risk youth and other organizations using his personal
experiences that are documented in his book,
I Came From El Valle.  He details the problems that family
members encountered with alcoholism and domestic violence. The author also talks about growing up in an
impoverished home that lacked the basics that many took for granted, such as indoor plumbing, adequate
heating, meat, milk, toothbrush and toothpaste, and decent clothes for school.  He recalls wonderful memories of
his grandparents making up for these inadequacies with undying love, a clean home, and a strong Christian
background and work ethic.  
This book is out of print but might be purchase through Amazon.com.

After publishing his third book Eppie Archuleta and the Tale of Juan de La Burra, Ruben and world renowned
weaver, Eppie Archuleta, have teamed up to participate in book signings and presentations in Colorado and New

Ruben's latest book
Penitente Renaissance, Manifesting Hope was a finalist in the 2007 New Mexico Book
Awards.  This book is a collection of some of his Penitente color photography and was edited by noted author
and scholar Marianne Stoller and includes an afterword written by Marta Weigle who is also a renowned New
Mexico author and scholar.  Radio personality, the late Paul Harvey, wrote a glowing review of this book.

Ruben spends his free time making furniture, holding book signings and lecturing, however recently he took up
sculpting.  His wood and stone sculpture work was exhibited along with other noted Colorado and New Mexico

(traditional sculptors of saints) at the Golden, Colorado Foothills Art Center  during March-May of
2005.  Select pieces are available at the Foothills Art Center in Golden, Colorado and The Great Southwest
gallery in Colorado Springs.  Some of Archuleta's work and information on how to purchase his sculptures can be
viewed by clicking on the
Sculptures page on this web site.

For information on Archuleta's books, presentations, sculpture and photography exhibits; you may contact him
at the above listed addresses and telephone numbers.  
                          Book Stores
                             *Currently have the books available

* Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 4300 N. Freeway, Pueblo, CO and through Barnes & Noble.Com
* Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107
* Borders Books & Music # 415, 1 W. Flatiron Circle Village, Broomfield, CO 80021
* Chicano Humanities and Arts Council (CHAC), 722 Santa Fe Dr., Denver, CO 80204
* Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver, CO 80204
* El Pueblo Museum, 119 Central Plaza, Pueblo, CO 81003
* Ft. Garland Museum, 29477 Hwy. 159, Ft. Garland, CO 81133
* Francisco Fort Museum, 306 N. Main St., La Veta, CO 81055
* Moby Dickens Bookship, 124-A Bent St., Taos, NM  87571
* Narrow Gauge Newstand, 602 Main St., Alamosa, CO 81101
* Pueblo City-County Library District, 100 E. Abriendo, Pueblo, CO 81004
* Pueblo County Historical Society, 201 W. B St., Pueblo, CO 81003
* Rio Grande County Museum, 580 Oak St., Del Norte, CO 81132
* Sagebrush Books, 301 E. Main, Montrose, CO 81401
Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, CO 81003
* San Luis Museum Cultural & Commercial Center, 402 Church Pl., San Luis, CO 81152
* Southeastern Colorado Heritage Center, 201 W. B St., Pueblo, CO 81003
* Taylor Museum, 30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903
* Tesoro Foundation, 19192 Hwy. 8, Morrison, CO 80465
* The Bookery, 129 E. Abriendo, Pueblo, CO 81004
* The Book Corral, 621 Main, Canon City, CO 81212
* The Tattered Cover Book Store, 1628 16th St., Denver, CO 80202
* Trinidad History Museum, 300 E. Main, Trinidad, CO 81082
University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78713-8916
* Walsenburg Mining Museum, 417 E. Sixth, Walsenburg, CO 81089