Saturday, September 22nd: WOW! A hundred years and still going strong! Today is NATIONAL CENTENARIAN DAY. It’s a day to recognize and honor those over 100 years old. The celebration is sponsored by Williamsport Retirement Village. They encourage us to recognize this older segment of our society and celebrate the rich, full lives they led. Talk to them. Listen to their memories. They are a font of historical information.

The National Centenarian Awareness Project (NCAP) inspires positive aging. One of the women they feature, Agueda Martinez, of New Mexico, is 101 and still weaving six hours a day. (Photo on post is Agueda Martinez, compliments of their web site)

NCAP reports that Agueda was born March 13, 1898 in Chamita, New Mexico. She currently resides in Medanales, New Mexico. She has ten children, 69 grandchildren, 149 great grandchildren and 59 great-great-grandchildren.

They state: “Agueda Martinez lives on her family farm with one of her daughters. For years she raised her children and farmed with her husband through the day, and then wove blankets and rugs at night, using kerosene lamps for light. Martinez, who describes her weaving as “a dance on the loom,” is a world-renowned artist, but she says her family is her greatest pride. The Oscar-nominated film Agueda Martinez: Our People, Our Country documents her life. She continues to work at her loom six hours a day, and she has taught her art to many of her progeny.”

For the full feature, see their site at:


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Katie
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 15:44:43

    Wow. 101 and still 101 and still weaving six hours a day; that’s truly incredible. Its great to hear about National Centenarian Day, the perfect chance to celebrate the lives of centenarians across the world!


  2. Abel martinez
    Apr 24, 2014 @ 22:10:33

    My father was born on 1 31 1895 in chamita NM just thought we might be related. Good luck.


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