EL JEFE
RUBEN
Contact Information
For additional information concerning Joan's custom weavings or
Ruben's sculptures, books and presentations, you may contact them by
writing, e-mailing, or calling  them.  The contact information is as follows:
Ruben E. Archuleta or Joan Archuleta
Mailing address:  P.O. Box 7871, Pueblo West, Colorado 81007
E-mail address:  
rearch145@aol.com
Cell phone: 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
Penitente Renaissance, Manifesting Hope 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.  (out of Print, check Amazon)
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.

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 Mexico.

Recently Archuleta published
Penitente Renaissance, Manifesting Hope.  This book is unique because of
its numerous color pictures from Archuleta's Penitente photography collection and the rosters from
northern New Mexico and southern Colorado moradas which contain over 600 names of Penitentes from
the early 1900s to 1955. Radio personality, the late Paul Harvey, wrote a review on this book prior to his
passing in "
Religion in American History."

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
Santeros (traditional sculptors of saints) at the Golden, Colorado Foothills Art Center  during
March-May of 2005.  Select pieces are available at the St. Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe, NM 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.

Joan Archuleta has given weaving exhibitions at the Rio Grande Museum in Del Norte, Colorado and the
Colorado State Fair in Pueblo Colorado.  She has donated some of her weavings to organizations such as
the Habitat for Humanity and has sold her weavings through the Handweavers Guild of Pueblo at the Vail
Hotel in Pueblo, Colorado.  Joan Archuleta's weavings can be viewed in the
Joan Archuleta Weavings
page.

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

* Amazon.com
* Barnes&Noble.com
* Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 4300 N. Freeway, Pueblo, CO
* Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 795 Citadel Drive East, Colorado Springs, CO 80909
* Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 1565 Briargate, Colorado Springs, CO 80920
* Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Albuquerque,
NM 87107
* Bookhaven, 128 F Street, Salida, CO 81201
* Borders Books & Music # 415, 1 W. Flatiron Circle Village, Broomfield, CO 80021
* Borders Books, 10420 Coors Bypass NW Suite B, Albuquerque,
NM
* Chicano Humanities and Arts Council (CHAC), 722 Santa Fe Dr., Denver, CO 80204
* Collected Works Bookstore, 208 West San Francisco, Santa Fe,
NM 87501
* Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver, CO 80204
* El Pueblo Museum, 301 North Union, Pueblo, CO 81003
* El Rancho de Las Golondrinas, 334 Los Pinos Road, Santa Fe,
NM 87507
* Ft. Garland Museum, 29477 Hwy. 159, Ft. Garland, CO 81133
* Francisco Fort Museum, 306 N. Main St., La Veta, CO 81055
* Ft. Lewis College Bookstore, 1000 Rim Drive, Durango, CO81301-3999
* Great Sand Dunes National Park Bookstore, 11999 Hwy. 150, Mosca, CO 81146
* La Conquistadora Shop, St. Francis Cathedral Basilica, 131 Cathedral Pl. Santa Fe,
NM 87501
* LPD Enterprises, 925 Salamanca NW Los Ranchos de Albuquerque,
NM 87107-5647
* Moby Dickens Bookshop, 124-A Bent St., Taos,
NM  87571
* Narrow Gauge Newstand, 602 Main St., Alamosa, CO 81101
* Pojoaque Visitors Center, 96 Cities of Gold Rd. Santa Fe,
NM 87501
* Pueblo City-County Library District, 100 E. Abriendo, Pueblo, CO 81004
* Pueblo County Historical Society, 201 W. B St., Pueblo, CO 81003
* Rose Weaving Gallery & Studio, 7508 Grandview Ave. Arvada, CO 80002
* 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 Gabriel Mission, Espanola, NM
* 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