Marking NM’s Historic Women: Esther Martinez, P’oe Tsawa

Photo Credit: Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016.

Esther Martinez, P’oe Tsawa (1912–2006), Ohkay Owingeh

Esther Martinez served her community as an educator, linguist and storyteller. Her foremost contributions to our state are documenting and preserving the Tewa language and the art of storytelling. Esther was named a National Heritage Fellow in 2006 by the National Endowment of the Arts, the nation’s highest honor for artists.

Preserving the Language, Preserving the Culture – A National Endowment of the Arts article on Esther Martinez, P’oe Tsawa.

Roadside Marker Location: Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo; Rio Arriba County, US Hwy 68

You can view a county by county list of the Historic Women Mile Markers in this pdf.

You can view a map of the Historic Women Mile Markers at

March is Women’s History Month. During this month we’ll be highlighting some of the women featured on New Mexico’s Historic Women Roadside Markers. Text provided by our colleagues at New Mexico Historic Preservation Division