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Alum Patrick Staib Receives an Emmy Award for A Taste of History Episode

Departmental News

Posted:  Nov 11, 2019 - 03:00pm

Dr. Patrick Staib (UNM PhD, 2012) has received an Emmy Award in the “Lifestyle Program: Program/Special” for A Taste Of History’s season 9, episode 9: “Nicaragua: Flavors of the Pinoleros.”  He notes: “(Learning how to produce) was trial by fire,” Patrick said. “It was an example of applied anthropology.” In his role, Patrick sought permits, scouted sites, acquired materials, worked out transportation, translated, cooked, designed sets, held a boom mic and served as a grunt worker. "...what I am steeped in is truly representing history and a multitude of histories and trying to be as egalitarian in understanding that most of our history comes from the side of the victor, and to help understand the history of the common man.” So in the episode, the Staibs (Patrick and his father Walter) presented meals of Nicaraguan fare within historical context. “Where Nicaragua has suffered (in being mined for gold and silver), where Costa Rica, the rich coast, really hasn’t,” Patrick said. “There’s sincere animosity between them, and Costa Rica has actively appropriated Nicaragua’s indigenous food stuff. So part of our putting Nicaragua on the map and featuring certain foods was deliberate.” Read the full article here