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True Heroes

2021 True Heroes

In a year of dramatic highs and lows, they worked to preserve Native ways of life, weaved a cultural legacy, found shelter for the homeless, brought furry comfort to those in need, and went above and beyond to support our communities.

By Lynn Cline, Tracy Dingmann, Julian Dossett, Monika Dziamka, Karen Fischer, and Patricia Gabbett Snow / Photos by Gabriella Marks

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Nationally renowned Diné chef Freddie J. Bitsoie spiffs up traditional Indigenous dishes with innovative techniques. His new cookbook is the must-buy of the season.

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True Heroes 2021: Bianca Encinias

With El Chante, the Albuquerque native has created a nurturing space for female artists, entrepreneurs, and their families.

By Monika Dziamka

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True Heroes 2021: Hiddekel Sara Burks

A braiding pioneer, the Albuquerque transplant celebrates Black natural hair and fights discrimination with a world-record attempt.

By Tracy Dingmann

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True Heroes 2021: Vandee Silva

The chief of Bluewater Acres Volunteer Fire Department risked her life to pull a motorist out of his burning truck.

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