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50 HIKES IN NORTHERN NEW MEXICO

Author: HUSCHKE, KAI
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This is your guide to more than 50 spectacular and sublime walks, hikes, and backpacking adventures accessing the Jemez and Sangre de Cristo Mountains, contorted volcanic formations, and striated canyons. Move across the expansive Valle Grande; pierce the clouds on Wheeler Peak. Wade through a sea of wildflowers along subalpine lakes in the Pecos Wilderness. Walk with the ancients as you explore ruins left by American Indian, Hispanic, and Anglo inhabitants in places like Chaco Canyon and Bandelier National Monument. As with all the books in the 50 Hikes series, you'll find clear and concise directions, easy-to-follow maps, and expert tips for enjoying what each hike has to offer--whether it's staggering views, rushing rapids, or deep canyons.
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60 HIKES WITHIN 60 MILES OF ALBUQUERQUE

Author: AUSHERMAN, STEPHEN
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This newly updated and revised edition of 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Albuquerque hits classic trails and uncovers paths where no guidebook has gone before. This is the essential guide to north-central New Mexico, from the black lava badlands in El Malpais National Monument to the cool aspens in Santa Fe National Forest. Explore newly opened lands in the Ojito Wilderness and the Valles Caldera, or revisit the past with nostalgic walks along the Rio Grande and Route 66. Hikes lead to ancient pueblos, ghost towns, slot canyons, strange hoodoos and other treasures in the heart of New Mexico, all just a daytrip or less from the Duke City.

Each chapter serves as both a navigational aide and an interpretive guide to familiarize hikers with wondrous destinations in the Land of Enchantment. This comprehensive guidebook outlines the level of difficulty for each hike, and includes extensive maps and trail profiles to assist hiking enthusiasts and day-trippers alike. Experience the Rio Grande, old Route 66, ancient pueblos, ghost towns, and other charms of the area with this essential guide.

ALL THAT THE RAIN PROMISES AND MORE.....A HIP POCKET GUIDE TO WESTERN MUSHROOMS

ALL THAT THE RAIN PROMISES AND MORE.....A HIP POCKET GUIDE TO WESTERN MUSHROOMS

Author: ARORA, DAVID
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An illustrated guide to identifying 200 Western mushrooms - whether edible, poisonous, or medicinal - by their key features.

In leafing through these pages, you may wonder what all the 'fanciful, ' 'foolish, ' or (shudder) 'extraneous' material is doing in a factual guide. After all, it is the practical, hands-on, how-to-identify information that makes this book useful and gives it substance. But I ask: is it any stranger or less desirable to sprinkle the facts with flakes of fancy than it is to liven up solemn, substantial fare like potatoes with something fancier and more flavorful, like wild mushrooms? - David Arora

[All That the Rain Promises and More] is certainly the best guide to fungi, and may in fact be a long lasting masterpiece in guide writing for all subjects. - Roger McKnight, New York Times

AMERICA NEW MEXICO

AMERICA NEW MEXICO

Author: REID ROB
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In America, New Mexico, Robert Leonard Reid explores deep inside New Mexico's landscape to find the real New Mexico - with all of its gifts and challenges - within. Having traveled and hiked countless miles throughout the state, Reid knows New Mexico's breathtaking landscape intimately. But he knows the human landscape as well: its artists and poets, medicine men and businessmen, preachers and politicians, Hispanics and Anglos. He knows that amid the glittering mansions of Santa Fe there are homeless shelters, that the Indians of myth and legend combat alcoholism and poverty, and that toxic waste lurks beneath a land of almost surreal beauty. America, New Mexico is a book about land, sky, and hope by a writer whose passion and inspiring prose invite us to see the promise and possibilities of reconnecting with the natural world. It is unflinching in its depiction of the adversities facing New Mexicans and indeed all Americans. But above all, it searches behind and beyond these troubling issues to find, standing staunchly against them, a quiet and unshakable confidence rooted in New Mexico's natural world.
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BELOVED LAND: An Oral History of Mexican Americans in Southern Arizona

Author: MARTIN, PATRICIA
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Dona Ramona Benitez Franco was born in 1902 on her parents' Arizona ranch and celebrated her hundredth birthday with family and friends in 2002, still living in her family's century-old adobe house. Dona Ramona witnessed many changes in the intervening years, but her memories of the land and customs she knew as a child are indelible.

For Dona Ramona as well as for countless generations of Mexican Americans, memories of rural life recall la querida tierra, the beloved land. Through good times and bad, the land provided sustenance. Today, many of those homesteads and ranches have succumbed to bulldozers that have brought housing projects and strip malls in their wake.

Now a writer and a photographer who have long been intimately involved with Arizona's Hispanic community have preserved the voices and images of men and women who are descendants of pioneer ranching and farming families in southern Arizona. Ranging from Tucson to the San Rafael Valley and points in between, this book documents the contributions of Mexican American families whose history and culture are intertwined with the lifestyle of the contemporary Southwest. These were hardy, self-reliant pioneers who settled in what were then remote areas. Their stories tell of love affairs with the land and a way of life that is rapidly disappearing.

Through oral histories and a captivating array of historic and contemporary photos, Beloved Land records a vibrant and resourceful way of life that has contributed so much to the region. Individuals like Dona Ramona tell stories about rural life, farming, ranching, and vaquero culture that enrich our knowledge of settlement, culinary practices, religious traditions, arts, and education of Hispanic settlers of Arizona. They talk frankly about how the land changed hands--not always by legal means--and tell how they feel about modern society and the disappearance of the rural lifestyle.

"Our ranch homes and fields, our chapels and corrals may have been bulldozed by progress or renovated into spas and guest ranches that never whisper our ancestors' names," writes Patricia Preciado Martin. "The story of our beautiful and resilient heritage will never be silenced . . . as long as we always remember to run our fingers through the nourishing and nurturing soil of our history." Beloved Land works that soil as it revitalizes that history for the generations to come.
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BEST IN TENT CAMPING NEW MEXICO

Author: PARR MON
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Visiting New Mexico offers outdoor enthusiasts extensive options: canyons, deserts, mesas, mountains, rivers, lakes, and even ghost towns. Now, in this indispensable guide, the best campgrounds in and around these remarkable areas are rendered in full detail. Rated on beauty, privacy, spaciousness, quiet, security, and cleanliness, these campgrounds offer campers unparalleled southwestern beauty, and this guide -- with its detailed maps, coordinates, and contact information -- provides all the info readers need to access them.
BLOOD and THUNDER

BLOOD and THUNDER

Author: SIDES, HAMPTON
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A magnificent history of the American conquest of the West; a story full of authority and color, truth and prophecy (The New York Times Book Review).

In the summer of 1846, the Army of the West marched through Santa Fe, en route to invade and occupy the Western territories claimed by Mexico. Fueled by the new ideology of "Manifest Destiny," this land grab would lead to a decades-long battle between the United States and the Navajos, the fiercely resistant rulers of a huge swath of mountainous desert wilderness.

At the center of this sweeping tale is Kit Carson, the trapper, scout, and soldier whose adventures made him a legend. Sides shows us how this illiterate mountain man understood and respected the Western tribes better than any other American, yet willingly followed orders that would ultimately devastate the Navajo nation. Rich in detail and spanning more than three decades, this is an essential addition to our understanding of how the West was really won.

BROTHER BILLS BAIT BITE BACK

BROTHER BILLS BAIT BITE BACK

Author: GARCIA R
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Much of the literature about northeastern New Mexico depicts range wars, bandits, labor union strife, and Indian depredations. This collection of twelve modern folktales describes events that never made headlines and people who never had a building named after them, evoking the rich tradition of storytelling that flowed through the coal camps and ranches of the Raton region during the early twentieth century.

The tales in this collection are about everyday life with some fantastic elements. An African American mother and daughter confront a German prisoner of war in one story, while in another a coal miner's gift for braying leads to a war between coal camps. Here are chronicles of a Mexican barber who extracts a ghoulish revenge for being forced to shave the beard of a killer; of the terrible fate that awaits boys who are lured into a dancehall during the Lenten season by the Devil and his beautiful cowgirls; and of an old coal miner who attempts to control his young wife by pretending to be the voice of the Lord. In other stories a lion who is accidentally caught and caged teaches a coal miner a lesson; two crusty cowboys come to understand the purpose of gnats and tumbleweeds and why rattlesnakes have rattles; and the Angel of Death is told to collect Hispanic souls or else. The account of a rootin'-tootin' cowboy and his wife who use a pitch-baby to trap a pesky jack rabbit and a fish story round out this multiethnic collection of tales. Recounted in a lively, humorous style, the stories show how ordinary people managed to conduct dignified and happy lives--with occasional help from the spirit world--in a difficult social and physical environment.

CITIES OF GOLD: A JOURNEY ACROSS THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST IN PURSUIT OF CORONADO

CITIES OF GOLD: A JOURNEY ACROSS THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST IN PURSUIT OF CORONADO

Author: PRESTON, DOUGLAS
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This riveting true story recounts the author's journey on horseback across Arizona and New Mexico, retracing Coronado's desperate search for the legendary Seven Cities of Gold. First published in 1992 and now available only from UNM Press, this classic adventure tale reveals the Southwest as it was when Europeans first saw it and shows how much, and how little, it has changed. "The great myth of the American West," Preston writes, "is that there was a winning of it."

CROSSLEY ID GUIDE: RAPTORS

CROSSLEY ID GUIDE: RAPTORS

Author: CROSSLEY, RICHARD
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A revolutionary, comprehensive, and authoritative photographic guide to North America's raptors

Part of the revolutionary Crossley ID Guide series, this is the first raptor guide with lifelike scenes composed from multiple photographs--scenes that allow you to identify raptors just as the experts do. Experienced birders use the most easily observed and consistent characteristics--size, shape, behavior, probability, and general color patterns. The book's 101 scenes--including thirty-five double-page layouts--provide a complete picture of how these features are all related. Even the effects of lighting and other real-world conditions are illustrated and explained. Detailed and succinct accounts from two of North America's foremost raptor experts, Jerry Liguori and Brian Sullivan, stress the key identification features. This complete picture allows everyone from beginner to expert to understand and enjoy what he or she sees in the field. The mystique of bird identification is eliminated, allowing even novice birders to identify raptors quickly and simply.

Comprehensive and authoritative, the book covers all thirty-four of North America's diurnal raptor species (all species except owls). Each species is featured in stunning color plates that show males and females, in a full spectrum of ages and color variants, depicted near and far, in flight and at rest, and from multiple angles, all caught in their typical habitats. There are also comparative, multispecies scenes and mystery photographs that allow readers to test their identification skills, along with answers and full explanations in the back of the book. In addition, the book features an introduction, and thirty-four color maps accompany the plates.

Whether you are a novice or an expert, this one-of-a-kind guide will show you an entirely new way to look at these spectacular birds.

  • The most complete guide to North American raptors, written by some of the foremost experts
  • The first raptor guide using Richard Crossley's acclaimed, innovative composite images that show birds as they actually appear in the field
  • 101 stunning color plates--including thirty-five double-page layouts--composed from thousands of photographs
  • Comparative, multispecies plates and photos of mystery species that allow readers to test their growing identification skills
  • Complete with introduction, 34 color maps, and detailed species accounts
  • CYCLING THE GREAT DIVIDE

    CYCLING THE GREAT DIVIDE

    Author: MCCOY M
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    Complete information on segments or through-rides in the only guide to America's first long-distance, off-pavement bike
    DAY HIKES IN TAOS AREA

    DAY HIKES IN TAOS AREA

    Author: MATTHEWS
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    DAY OF THE DEAD

    Author: WILLIAMS, KITTY
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    The art and tradition behind this unique and joyous Mexican celebration.

    The Day of the Dead Celebration is the most important holiday of the year in Mexico and parts of the American Southwest, a joyful time when families remember their dead. Day of the Dead provides a colorful look at the iconic folk art and family traditions that play a vital role in the event, which happens across the country from October 31 through November 2.

    Kitty Williams and Stevie Mack have led Day of the Dead art and cultural tours in Mexico for many years. Through their company CRIZMAC Art & Cultural Education Materials, Inc., they produce award-winning curriculum resources for schools and institutions, including video programs such as Flickering Lights: Days of the Dead. They live in Tucson, Arizona.

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    DAY OF THE DEAD FOLK ART

    Author: WILLIAMS, KITTY
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    The folk art inspired by Day of the Dead, celebrated in Mexico and around the world, including the American Southwest, powerfully communicates the cultural traditions of this joyous holiday. As a companion volume to the authors' Day of the Dead, this book focuses on the artistic imagery of Day of the Dead, including the skulls, skeletons, and the iconic figure of Catrina, as seen in various pieces of market art, community art and contemporary art. The work and influence of important Mexican folk artists, such as Jose Guadalupe Posada and Diego Rivera, are represented and discussed.

    STEVIE MACK and KITTY WILLIAMS have led Day of the Dead art and cultural tours in Mexico for many years. Through their company CRIZMAC Art & Cultural Education Materials, Inc., they produce award-winning curriculum resources for schools and institutions, including video programs such as Flickering Lights: Days of the Dead. They live in Tucson, Arizona.

    DESERT INDIAN WOMAN: STORIES AND DREAMS

    DESERT INDIAN WOMAN: STORIES AND DREAMS

    Author: MANUEL, FRANCES
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    Basket weaver, storyteller, and tribal elder, Frances Manuel is a living preserver of Tohono O'odham culture. Speaking in her own words from the heart of the Arizona desert, she now shares the story of her life. She tells of O'odham culture and society, and of the fortunes and misfortunes of Native Americans in the southwestern borderlands over the past century.

    In Desert Indian Woman, Frances relates her life and her stories with the wit, humor, and insight that have endeared her to family and friends. She tells of her early childhood growing up in a mesquite brush house, her training in tribal traditions, her acquaintance with Mexican ways, and her education in an American boarding school. Through her recollections of births and deaths, heartache and happiness, we learn of her family's migration from the reservation to the barrios and back again. In the details of her everyday life, we see how Frances has navigated between O'odham and American societies, always keeping her grandparents' traditional teachings as her compass.

    It is extraordinary to hear from a Native American woman like Frances, in her own words and her own point of view, to enter the complex and sensitive aspects of her life experience, her sorrows, and her dreams. We also become privy to her continuing search for her identity across the border, and the ways in which Frances and Deborah have attempted to make sense of their friendship over twenty-odd years. Throughout the book, Deborah captures the rhythms of Frances's narrative style, conveying the connectedness of her dreams, songs, and legends with everyday life, bringing images and people from faraway times and places into the present.

    Deborah Neff brings a breadth of experience in anthropology and Southwest Native American cultures to the task of placing Frances Manuel's life in its broader historical context, illuminating how history works itself out in people's everyday lives. Desert Indian Woman is the story of an individual life lived well and a major contribution to the understanding of history from a Native American point of view.

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    EARLY ROCK ART OF THE AMERICAN WEST: THE GEOMETRIC ENIGMA

    Author: MALOTKI, EKKEHART
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    A CHOICE OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC TITLE

    The earliest rock art - in the Americas as elsewhere - is geometric or abstract. Until Early Rock Art in the American West, however, no book-length study has been devoted to the deep antiquity and amazing range of geometrics and the fascinating questions that arise from their ubiquity and variety. Why did they precede representational marks? What is known about their origins and functions? Why and how did humans begin to make marks, and what does this practice tell us about the early human mind?

    With some two hundred striking color images and discussions of chronology, dating, sites, and styles, this pioneering investigation of abstract geometrics on stone (as well as bone, ivory, and shell) explores its wide-ranging subject from the perspectives of ethology, evolutionary biology, cognitive archaeology, and the psychology of artmaking. The authors' unique approach instills a greater respect for a largely unknown and underappreciated form of paleoart, suggesting that before humans became Homo symbolicus or even Homo religiosus, they were mark-makers - Homo aestheticus.

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    EXPLORER'S GUIDE NEW MEXICO

    Author: NIEDERMAN, SHARON
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    New Mexico-based author Sharon Niederman has been traveling, writing about, and photographing her home state for over two decades. In this third revised and updated edition of Explorer's Guide New Mexico, she brings readers the very best of New Mexico's cuisine, lodging, and natural environment. With this comprehensive guide, you can explore spectacularly breathtaking hikes and drives, discover treasures created by local artists, find festivals that celebrate native traditions, get indispensable advice on local attractions, and meet the people who will make your visit to the Land of Enchantment the experience of a lifetime.

    Sites include:
    - Manhattan Project National Historic Park
    - Taos and the Enchanted Circle
    - Santa Fe Trail Region
    - Route 66 Country

    FIELD GUIDE TO ROCKS & MINERALS

    Author: POUGH FR
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    FIRST IMPRESSIONS: A READER'S JOURNEY TO ICONIC PLACES OF THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST

    Author: WEBER, DAVID J.
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    A guide to the history and culture of the American Southwest, as told through early encounters with fifteen iconic sites

    This unique guide for literate travelers in the American Southwest tells the story of fifteen iconic sites across Arizona, New Mexico, southern Utah, and southern Colorado through the eyes of the explorers, missionaries, and travelers who were the first non-natives to describe them. Noted borderlands historians David J. Weber and William deBuys lead readers through centuries of political, cultural, and ecological change.

    The sites visited in this volume range from popular destinations within the National Park System--including Carlsbad Caverns, the Grand Canyon, and Mesa Verde--to the Spanish colonial towns of Santa Fe and Taos and the living Indian communities of Acoma, Zuni, and Taos. Lovers of the Southwest, residents and visitors alike, will delight in the authors' skillful evocation of the region's sweeping landscapes, its rich Hispanic and Indian heritage, and the sense of discovery that so enchanted its early explorers.

    Published in Cooperation with the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University

    FIRST KOSHARE

    FIRST KOSHARE

    Author: OTIS, ALICIA
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    In many Indian tribes and pueblos of the American Southwest, the Koshare clown, a legendary figure, represents the humorous and mischievous as well as unpredictable aspect of the psyche. Koshare is like Rudyard the Fox of British folk tales and the trickster, Coyote, of Native American animal mythology. In dances and festivals, the black and white striped clown brings fear, and joy, to offset the serious side of various rituals with a sense of humor. One of Koshare's favorite antics is to chase the children with whips (no harm is done) and then turn around and bring gifts to the same victims. This modern Koshare story tells about the birth and beginning of this likable clown figure. * * * * * * Alicia Otis was first exposed to American Southwestern Native American culture by her grandfather who had an extensive collection of Indian artifacts. She was able to acquire first-hand knowledge of Indian mythology, lore and customs later when her family moved to the Southwest.

    GETAWAY GUIDE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST

    GETAWAY GUIDE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST

    Author: HARRIS R
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    Richard Harris takes readers on a tour of the Southwest, from Mesa Verde to the Grand Canyon. From national parks to the best restaurants in Santa Fe, and encompassing Las Vegas as well as Native American ruins, this is a guide to Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico.
    HEALING THE WEST: VOICES OF CULTURE & HABITAT

    HEALING THE WEST: VOICES OF CULTURE & HABITAT

    Author: LOEFFLER, JACK
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    A complex tapestry of multicultural viewpoints on the theme of homeland. This project developed out of interviews by Loeffler, started in the 1980s, of key figures (historians, environmentalists, lawyers, Native Americans, etc.) in the land usage rights movement. Contains a book and a CD.
    HIKING IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS

    HIKING IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS

    Author: LINDENMA
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    Encompassing Colorado, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, this guide provides information on all resorts, with tips on how to get around and a summary of what to do and what to see in the various national parks.
    HIKING TRAILS OF THE SANDIA & MANZ

    HIKING TRAILS OF THE SANDIA & MANZ

    Author: MATTHEWS
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    HOUSE OF RAIN: TRACKING A VANISHED CIVILIZATION ACROSS THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST

    HOUSE OF RAIN: TRACKING A VANISHED CIVILIZATION ACROSS THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST

    Author: CHILDS, CRAIG
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    A "beautifully written travelogue" that draws on the latest scholarly research as well as a lifetime of exploration to light on the extraordinary Anasazi culture of the American Southwest (Entertainment Weekly).

    The greatest "unsolved mystery" of the American Southwest is the fate of the Anasazi, the native peoples who in the eleventh century converged on Chaco Canyon (in today's southwestern New Mexico) and built what has been called the Las Vegas of its day, a flourishing cultural center that attracted pilgrims from far and wide, a vital crossroads of the prehistoric world. The Anasazis' accomplishments -- in agriculture, in art, in commerce, in architecture, and in engineering -- were astounding, rivaling those of the Mayans in distant Central America.

    By the thirteenth century, however, the Anasazi were gone from Chaco. Vanished. What was it that brought about the rapid collapse of their civilization? Was it drought? pestilence? war? forced migration? mass murder or suicide? For many years conflicting theories have abounded. Craig Childs draws on the latest scholarly research, as well as on a lifetime of adventure and exploration in the most forbidding landscapes of the American Southwest, to shed new light on this compelling mystery.

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    HUERFANO LIFE IN COUNTERCULTURE

    Author: PRICE RO
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    In the late 1960s, new age communes began springing up in the American Southwest with names like Drop City, New Buffalo, Lama Foundation, Morning Star, Reality Construction Company, and the Hog Farm. In the summer of 1969, Roberta Price, a recent college graduate, secured a grant to visit these communities and photograph them. When she and her lover David arrived at Libre in the Huerfano Valley of southern Colorado, they were so taken with what they found that they wanted to participate instead of observe. The following spring they married, dropped out of graduate school in upstate New York, packed their belongings into a 1947 Chrysler Windsor Coupe, and moved to Libre, leaving family and academia behind.

    Huerfano is Price's captivating memoir of the seven years she spent in the Huerfano ("Orphan") Valley when it was a petrie dish of countercultural experiments. She and David joined with fellow baby boomers in learning to mix cement, strip logs, weave rugs, tan leather, grow marijuana, build houses, fix cars, give birth, and make cheese, beer, and furniture as well as poetry, art, music, and love. They built a house around a boulder high on a ridge overlooking the valley and made ends meet by growing their own food, selling homemade goods, and hiring themselves out as day laborers. Over time their collective ranks swelled to more than three hundred, only to diminish again as, for many participants, the dream of a life of unbridled possibility gradually yielded to the hard realities of a life of voluntary poverty.

    Price tells her story with a clear, distinctive voice, documenting her experiences with photos as well as words. Placing her story in the larger context of the times, she describes her participation in the antiwar movement, the advent of the women's movement, and her encounters with such icons as Ken Kesey, Gary Snyder, Abbie Hoffman, Stewart Brand, Allen Ginsburg, and Baba Ram Dass.

    At once comic, poignant, and above all honest, Huerfano recaptures the sense of affirmation and experimentation that fueled the counterculture without lapsing into nostalgic sentimentality on the one hand or cynicism on the other.

    IMAGINING INDIANS IN SOUTHWEST

    IMAGINING INDIANS IN SOUTHWEST

    Author: DILWORTH
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    Examining the creation and enduring potency of the early twentieth-century myth of the primitive Indian, Leah Dilworth shows how visions of Indians -- created by tour companies, anthropologists, collectors of Indian crafts, and modernist writers -- have reflected white anxieties about diverse racial and cultural issues.
    IN FEW WORDS EN POCAS PALABRAS

    IN FEW WORDS EN POCAS PALABRAS

    Author: BURCIAGA
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    A collection of Spanish proverbs, maxims, and adages from such sources as the Bible, indigenous lore, Don Quixote, and Shakespeare.
    IN THE COUNTRY OF EMPTY CROSSES: The Story of a Hispano Protestant Family in Catholic New Mexico

    IN THE COUNTRY OF EMPTY CROSSES: The Story of a Hispano Protestant Family in Catholic New Mexico

    Author: MADRID, ARTURO
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    Arturo Madrid's homeland is in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains in northern New Mexico, where each town seems a world apart from the next, and where family histories that extend back four centuries bind the people to the land and to one another.This New Mexico is a land of struggle and dispute, a place in which Madrid's ancestors predate those who landed at Plymouth Rock.

    In the Country of Empty Crosses is Madrid's complex yet affirming memoir about lands before the advent of passable roads--places such as Tierra Amarilla, San Augustín [insert "u" and note accent on I], and Los Fuertes that were once among the most remote in the nation. Madrid grew up in a family that was doubly removed from the community: as Hispanic Protestants, they were a minority among the region's politically dominant Anglo Protestants and a minority within the overwhelmingly Catholic Hispanic populace.

    Madrid writes affectingly of the tensions, rifts, and disputes that punctuated the lives of his family as they negotiated prejudice and racism, casual and institutional, to advance and even thrive as farmers, ranchers, and teachers. His story is affectionate as well, embracing generations of ancestors who found their querencias--their beloved home places--in that beautiful if sometimes unforgiving landscape. The result is an account of New Mexico unlike any other, one in which humor and heartache comfortably coexist. Complemented by stunning images by acclaimed photographer Miguel Gandert -- ranging from intimate pictures of unkempt rural cemeteries to New Mexico's small villages and stunning vistas -- In the Country of Empty Crosses is a memoir of loss and survival, of hope and redemption, and a lyrical celebration of an often misunderstood native land and its people.

    IN THE RIVER PROVINCE

    IN THE RIVER PROVINCE

    Author: SANDLIN
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    JOHN BAEDER'S ROAD WELL TAKEN

    Author: WILLIAMS, JAY
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    A fascinating trip through the evocative remnants of a vanishing America, this book is also a portrait of an artist who has captured the nostalgic essence of what's been lost. In 1972, John Baeder (b. 1938) left a career on Madison Avenue to become a full-time painter, gambling his livelihood on art dealer Ivan Karp's evaluation of his first four canvases: a diner, a motel, a gas station, a tourist camp. Based on color postcards in his growing collection of roadside memorabilia, they launched a career that put him at the forefront of the growing photorealist movement. Baeder's paintings, particularly of classic diners, were an immediate success, and he scoured the country for prime examples to document before they disappeared. Here, Jay Williams recounts the inside story of Baeder's multifaceted career. With more than 300 illustrations of his highly collectible paintings, watercolors, vintage photographs, printed ephemera, and three-dimensional memorabilia, this is an artist's journey, traveled along the back highways of the United States.
    JOURNEY TO HOPI LAND

    JOURNEY TO HOPI LAND

    Author: SILAS AN
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    Welcome to Hopi Land: turquoise skies, sun-washed pueblos, traditional lifeways, and modern people.
    Visit the land, art, and culture of the Hopi people, with Anna Silas, director of the Hopi Cultural Center Museum, as your guide. Hopi Land, located in northern Arizona, encompasses three spectacular mesas surrounded by 1.6 million acres of tutsqua, or homeland. Here the Hopi people have lived continuously since A.D. 500, following a way of life based on humility, cooperation, respect, and earth stewardship. Throughout this beautifully illustrated book, historical and cultural information comes to life in vintage and contemporary photographs. Illustrations also showcase world-famous Hopi arts and crafts, including pottery, textiles, jewelry, basketry, architecture, painting, and woodcarvings of divine ancestral spirits called katsinam, 35 color & b/w photos.
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    KING OF THE ROAD

    Author: KING LES
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    Travelers today seek a deeper experience than what's offered by most travel guides and tour services. They want to feel like they're penetrating a culture or a place, thereby finding adventure and gaining new understanding of the world. That's what the book King of the Road accomplishes.

    It takes readers to Two Grey Hills to meet master weaver Clara Sherman, to the Gallup Flea Market to taste a mutton sandwich, and to Lake Roberts to hear the flutter of a hummingbird's heart. Lesley King cruises Raton's hidden historic district to find relics of railroad history and delves into villages on the edge of the San Pedro Wilderness in search of the ancient Gallina warriors. The travel essays arose from King's "King of the Road" column in New Mexico Magazine.

    LADY'S LIFE IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS

    LADY'S LIFE IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS

    Author: BIRD, ISABELLA L.
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    In 1872, Isabella Bird, daughter of a clergyman, set off alone to the Antipodes 'in search of health' and found she had embarked on a life of adventurous travel. In 1873, wearing Hawaiian riding dress, she rode her horse through the American Wild West, a terrain only newly opened to pioneer settlement. The letters that make up this volume were first published in 1879. They tell of magnificent, unspoiled landscapes and abundant wildlife, of encounters with rattlesnakes, wolves, pumas and grizzly bears, and her reactions to the volatile passions of the miners and pioneer settlers. A classic account of a truly astounding journey.

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    LARIAT AND OTHER WRITINGS

    Author: ANGULO, JAIME DE
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    One of the most colorful and captivating writers of the twentieth century, Jaime de Angulo came to America to become a cowboy, not an author. And he did become a cowboy -- and a doctor, and a psychologist, and a highly regarded anthropologist. However, it was as a writer that he ultimately found his true calling. His stories uniquely represented the bohemian sensibility of the time, and he was known for infusing intellectualism into his coyote tales and shamanic mysticism. So vivid were his tales that Ezra Pound called him "the American Ovid," and William Carlos Williams claimed that de Angulo was "one of the most outstanding writers I have ever encountered."
    The Lariat, which may well be his most important piece of fiction, is highlighted in this prize collection, along with other writings that have long been unavailable.
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    LAST OF THE MENU GIRLS

    Author: CHAVEZ D
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    Rocío Esquibel is a girl growing up in a Southern New Mexico town with her mother and sister. She defines her neighborhood by its trees--the willow, the apricot and the one they call the marking-off tree. Rocio knows she was born in the closet where she and her sister now take turns looking at the picture of Jesus whose eyes light up in the dark. But at night she enters a magical realm, and in her imaginary Blue Room, she can fly. At first she is a mesmerized observer of the lives of older girls and their boyfriends, but as she finds a job at the local hospital, and discovers a passion for drama and stories, Rocio begins to make her own choices in love and work.

    Alive with the taste of tamales and the lyrical tang of the Esquibels' talk, The Last of the Menu Girls becomes a rich celebration of Chicano culture, and a universal story of finding one's way in the world.

    LIZARDS OF THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST

    LIZARDS OF THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST

    Author: JONES, LAWRENCE
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    Lizards of the American Southwest covers all 96 species found in California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, and Texas west of the Pecos River. Learn where to find lizards and how to identify them. Includes detailed information on habitat, natural history, taxonomy, viewing tips, plus hundreds of photos, illustrations, and maps.
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    LOST WORLD OF THE OLD ONES: DISCOVERIES IN THE ANCIENT SOUTHWEST

    Author: ROBERTS, DAVID
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    In this thrilling story of intellectual and archaeological discovery, David Roberts recounts his last twenty years of far-flung exploits in search of spectacular prehistoric ruins and rock art panels known to very few modern travelers. His adventures range across Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and southwestern Colorado, and illuminate the mysteries of the Ancestral Puebloans and their contemporary neighbors the Mogollon and Fremont, as well as of the more recent Navajo and Comanche.

    LOVING PEDRO INFANTE

    LOVING PEDRO INFANTE

    Author: CHAVEZ D
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    In the soothing darkness of her local theater, thirty-something teacher's aide and divorcée Teresina "Tere" Ávila looks straight into the smoldering eyes of Pedro Infante and wonders where her life has gone. The impossibly handsome Mexican singer and movie icon died in 1957, but to Tere -- secretary of the Pedro Infante fan club chapter 256 -- he remains an everlasting symbol of the possibility of passion beyond her New Mexico town. Tere's passions are wasted on Lucio, the married lover who plies her with sweet kisses and false promises. Comfort comes in her adoration for Infante and in the companionship of her best friend, Irma "La Wirma" Granados. Then, one night at the Border Cowboy Truck Stop, Tere is forced to confront reality -- and the choices she must make to reclaim her life.
    MARK OF ZORRO

    MARK OF ZORRO

    Author: MCCULLEY
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    Originally titled "The Curse of Capistrano" in its 1919 debut, this exciting tale achieved immortal fame thanks to Douglas Fairbanks's 1920 blockbuster film, "The Mark of Zorro"?a cinematic triumph that inspired Johnston McCulley to retitle his novel and dedicate it to Fairbanks. Set in Mexican California during the 1820s, the story follows the career of Don Diego Vega, by all appearances an effete and foppish aristocrat. But Vega's timorous reputation is nothing more than a mask to conceal his alter ego: a California Robin Hood known as Zorro, whose swift blade strikes down those who exploit the poor and oppressed. The inspiration for dozens of film and television adaptations, "The Mark of Zorro" remains a paradigm of swashbuckling adventure.
    MATACHINES DANCE

    MATACHINES DANCE

    Author: RODRIGUE
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    The Matachines dance derives from a genre of medieval European folk dramas symbolising conflict between Christians and Moors. Spaniards brought it to the Americas as a vehicle for Christianising the Indians. In this book, Rodriguez explores the colourful, complex, and often enigmatic Matachines dance as it is performed today by Pueblo Indians and Hispanos in New Mexico. Previous studies of the Matachines dance dealt mainly with its origins, distribution, and descriptive details. Rodriguez's work instead focuses on the larger socio-cultural, ecological, historical, and political-economic setting within which each community's performance is organised. She analyses observed behaviour, incorporates native explanation, and interprets the dance's symbols in attempting to discover what the dance means to those who perform it and what its performance reveals about the people who do it. For both Indians and Hispanos in New Mexico, the dance is not merely an archaic survival but an ongoing way of coping with and commenting on the history of ethnic domination as it continues to unfold in the upper Rio Grande valley.
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    MEMORIES OF ALHAMBRA

    Author: CANDELAR
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    One of Chicano literature's most celebrated novels, this tale is must reading for those interested in the American Southwest, its history, and its people.
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    MILAGRO BEANFIELD WAR

    Author: NICHOLS, JOHN
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    Joe Mondragon, a feisty hustler with a talent for trouble, slammed his battered pickup to a stop, tugged on his gumboots, and marched into the arid patch of ground. Carefully (and also illegally), he tapped into the main irrigation channel. And so began-though few knew it at the time-the Milagro beanfield war. But like everything else in the dirt-poor town of Milagro, it would be a patchwork war, fought more by tactical retreats than by battlefield victories. Gradually, the small farmers and sheepmen begin to rally to Joe's beanfield as the symbol of their lost rights and their lost lands. And downstate in the capital, the Anglo water barons and power brokers huddle in urgent conference, intent on destroying that symbol before it destroys their multimillion-dollar land-development schemes. The tale of Milagro's rising is wildly comic and lovingly tender, a vivid portrayal of a town that, half-stumbling and partly prodded, gropes its way toward its own stubborn salvation.

    MOUNTAIN BIKING DURANGO

    MOUNTAIN BIKING DURANGO

    Author: PEEL
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    Features 39 rides in southwestern Colorado.
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    MUSHROOMS DEMYSTIFIED

    Author: ARORA, DAVID
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    Simply the best and most complete mushroom field guide and reference book, MUSHROOMS DEMYSTIFIED includes descriptions and keys to more than 2,000 species of mushrooms, with more than 950 photographs. Mushroom authority David Arora provides a beginner's checklist of the 70 most distinctive and common mushrooms, plus detailed chapters on terminology, classification, habitats, mushroom cookery, mushroom toxins, and the meanings of scientific mushroom names. Beginning and experienced mushroom hunters everywhere will find MUSHROOMS DEMYSTIFIED a delightful, informative, and indispensible companion.
    MYSTIC HEALERS & MEDICINE SHOW

    MYSTIC HEALERS & MEDICINE SHOW

    Author: FOWLER
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    Most of the histories of the West are obsessed with the shoot-em-ups. But what about the patch-em-ups? Who had to deal with all that famous carnage? With all the bloodletting depicted by pop culture historians, it almost seems a miracle anyone survived to settle the West. Prior to World War II regular, or allopathic, physicians trained in mainstream medicine were often outnumbered by alternative practitioners--folk curers, herbalists, faith healers, homeopaths, patent medicine promoters, and medicine showmen. Mystic Healers and Medicine Shows profiles many of the most significant of these healers as well as a few other colorful regular doctors.
    NAT'L GEOGRAPHIC BIRDING ESSENTIAL

    NAT'L GEOGRAPHIC BIRDING ESSENTIAL

    Author: ALDERFER
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    Birding is the fastest growing wildlife-related outdoor activity in the U.S., with at least a million new birders a year estimated to join an already robust group some 80 million strong. For these beginning and intermediate enthusiasts, National Geographic Birding Essentials is a must. Comprehensive and authoritative, yet engaging and user-friendly, it teaches readers how to begin and improve their birding... what to look and listen for... and how to make sense of what they see and hear. A unique visual component shows actual field guide pages and how to read them, while another compares the same bird in photography versus artwork and explains how to use both for species identification. National Geographic's quality photography is a major highlight of the book, supplemented by pencil drawings and full-color maps to give the novice and intermediate birder a full range of visual information. Field Ornithologists Jonathan Alderfer and Jon Dunn have crafted a masterful guide, striking just the right balance of practical information and reader-friendly tone. Chapters discuss the pleasures of birding, equipment needed, how to read range maps, birds' physical features, how to identify birds, identification challenges, bird classification and suggested books and journals for building a fine birding library. National Geographic has established a stellar reputation among birders with our blockbuster Field Guide to the Birds of North America. The tradition continues as we serve an entry-level market that continually needs the helpful, up-to-the-minute information found in National Geographic Birding Essentials.
    NEW MEXICO & ARIZONA STATE PARKS

    NEW MEXICO & ARIZONA STATE PARKS

    Author: LAINE D
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    Snow-capped mountains, dense forests, rocky canyons, rolling prairies, and painted deserts provide a varied and exquisite backdrop for outdoor visitors to the Southwest.

    Showcasing 64 of the best state parks in the region, Don and Barbara Lathe direct readers to some of the finest biking, skiing, climbing, boating, and desert exploration opportunities available In the region. Each description highlights the park's location, facilities, and history as well as activities for everyone from young adventurers to families to retired travelers.

    The guide also offers cultural and wilderness etiquette suggestions for the treatment of the fragile desert environment and ancient artifacts.

    NEW MEXICO: A GUIDE FOR THE EYES

    NEW MEXICO: A GUIDE FOR THE EYES

    Author: PARHAD, ELISA
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    Visually focused, packed with cultural insight, and sized for portability, Guides for the Eyes celebrate the local traditions and visual vernacular that surround us. This new series arrives just as cultural and heritage tourism in the United States becomes the largest growing sector of the tourism market. While traditional travel guidebooks focus on where to eat, sleep, and visit (setting up the travel experience as a mere checklist of things to see and do), Guides for the Eyes introduce, explore, and beautifully illustrate the details that create the magical sense of place that travelers seek. As one of the most unique and colorful regions of North America, New Mexico is the first subject of the series. For thousands of years, the state's striking landscape has inspired the art, design, and traditions of its three dominant cultures: Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo/Western. This visual glossary of 100 New Mexico icons is a celebratory chronicle of these natural and cultural legacies. Original photography and informative text provide insight into the significance of each topic, covering regional architecture, design, flora, fauna, food, crafts, folklore, landscape, and other facets of local identity and style. "New Mexico: A Guide for the Eyes" is a valuable resource of Southwestern culture that will tickle the fancy of the art lover, design fanatic, anthropologist, historian, and travel enthusiast. With an evocative format and impeccable sense of style, this book will be just as handy on the road as it is a reminder of a beautiful place on the coffee table.
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    NIGHT AT THE FIESTAS: STORIES

    Author: QUADE, KIRSTIN VALDEZ
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    With intensity and emotional precision, Kirstin Valdez Quade's unforgettable stories plunge us into the fierce, troubled hearts of characters defined by the desire to escape the past or else to plumb its depths. The deadbeat father of a pregnant teenager tries to transform his life by playing the role of Jesus in a bloody penitential Passion. A young man discovers that his estranged father and a boa constrictor have been squatting in his grandmother's empty house. A lonely retiree new to Santa Fe becomes obsessed with her housekeeper. One girl attempts to uncover the mystery of her cousin's violent past, while another young woman finds herself at an impasse when she is asked to hear her priest's confession.

    Always hopeful, these stories chart the passions and obligations of family life, exploring themes of race, class, and coming-of-age, as Quade's characters protect, betray, wound, undermine, bolster, define, and, ultimately, save each other.