Eric Sloane's Sketchbook of Roadside Americana
Author: Eric Sloane
Publisher: Courier Corporation
In an extraordinary book that is also a rare autobiographical work, Eric Sloane shares his travel experiences during two trips he made from New York to his beloved Taos--in 1925 and again in 1960. The first time around, as a young man, he worked his way across America in a rickety Model T Ford, painting signs on bridges and barns to pay expenses. The story of that journey is recounted here by the revered "cracker-barrel philosopher" as he weaves his reminiscences in with an account of his journey to the New Mexican town 35 years later. Sloane offers his wry, heartfelt, and incisive reflections on America's rapidly changing landscapes and regional cultures, noting in both his charming commentary and his delightful pen-and-ink illustrations the roadside monuments he passed along the way: covered bridges in New Jersey, a "barn bridge" in Pennsylvania, early gas stations and grain elevators in the Midwest, panoramic views of the western landscape, and ultimately, views of Taos Pueblo, happily unchanged after more than a quarter of a century since the author's last visit. An immensely entertaining book, Return to Taos will delight anyone who enjoys reading about America's past and sees its artifacts as part of a vast repository of national treasures.
A Twice Told Tale
Author: Eric Sloane
Publisher: Hastings House Pub
Describes the author's 1925 trip across the U.S. to Taos, New Mexico and how the same route had changed thirty-five years later
Author: Lois Gilbert
Publisher: Five Star (ME)
When Elena Waters discovers her estranged son, Johnny, has been murdered in Taos, she returns to New Mexico after a ten-year absence, determined to find his killer in spite of opposition from her family and friends. Before he was murdered, Johnny's career as a singer was taking off, thanks to the efforts of Elena's childhood friends, Jack and Maggie Dalton, a rich and powerful couple who run a production company in Taos. Elena's search for the truth about her son's death brings her into the luxurious world of the Daltons' compound, where she uncovers a web of lies that casts suspicion on the people closest to her. Everyone is a suspect, and everything Elena thinks she knows about her friends, her family and herself becomes uncertain as she explores her son's hidden life. Returning to Taos delivers a taut, contemporary novel of suspense about the unraveling secrets and lies that bind two families together.Lois Gilbert resides in New Mexico.
Author: R. C. Gordon-McCutchan
One of the few bright spots in the conduct of government toward the native people of North America.
The Fairweather Party and Montana's El Dorado
Author: Gary R. Forney
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
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A Biography of Place
Publisher: wild embers press
VOLUME ONE First in a series of books reflecting the lives and work of artists and writers from Taos, New Mexico, a biography of place. This volume is a mini artbook with 92 pages of photos, stories and artwork by Taosenos, the theme in vol. 1 is "place: the Mountain and Paseo" This black and white collection of photos, art and stories about the people and place of Taos range from the early Mable Dodge Luhan "Art Colony" days of the 1920s to current interview with Taos Pueblo artist and storyteller Robert Mirabal. Other famous artists and writers included in this volume are: Barbara and Frank Waters, John Nichols, Jaap Vanderplas, Amalio Madueno, John Nizalowski and Gail Russell. Subsequent volumes include two color books showcasing the photo/art of Jaap Vanderplas, his images from the "the 100 Taosenos Project". See www.lapuerta.blogspot.com for a complete list of Taosenos, their art and stories included in la Puerta, Taos, volume one.
Author: Francis Paul Prucha
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
The third edition of this landmark work adds forty new documents, which cover the significant developments in American Indian affairs since 1988. Among the topics dealt with are tribal self-governance, government-to-government relations, religious rights, repatriation of human remains, trust management, health and education, federal recognition of tribes, presidential policies, and Alaska Natives.
French-Indian Ethnoculture of the Trans-Mississippi West
Author: Hugh M. Lewis
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
Robidoux Chronicles treats with comprehensive documentary detail the factual history of the Robidoux lineage in North America from the first progenitor who arrived in Quebec in about 1665, through the famous six brothers who distinguished themselves as Mountain Men, up until even recent times on reservations in the US. Many members of the Robidoux family were intimately connected to the entire history of the North American fur trade. The six brothers, born in St. Louis before the coming of Lewis & Clark, were important fur-traders during the classical Rendezvous era of the North American fur trade. They became key players in the organization & articulation of the Overland Trail, only to die soon afterward in relative obscurity upon the plains of Kansas & Nebraska. By the 1950's, the story of the Robidoux had been almost entirely forgotten. Subsequent historians had lost all but a scant & fragmentary knowledge of the true role & exploits of the Robidoux & their French-Indian compatriots upon the frontiers of the old west. Antoine Robidoux was the first to establish permanent trading settlements west of the Rockies in the Inter-Montane corridor, & his brother Michel was one of the first expeditions to traverse the length of the Grand Canyon. The eldest brother Joseph became one of the earliest established traders on the upper Missouri & founded St. Joseph, Missouri, which was later to be the primary starting point of the Overland Trail. His younger brother Louis became one of the earliest ranch owners in California, becoming Don of the Jurupa, that encompassed the areas known today as Riverside, San Bernardino, San Jacinto & San Timoteo. An entire inter-tribal French-Indian ethnocultural orientation had developed upon the plains, prairies & mountains of the Trans-Mississippi west a good fifty years before the coming of the Iron Horse & the Pony Express, & has been carried on today in proximity to the reservations of Kansas & Oklahoma, South Dakota & Wyoming.
Author: Paul Eisenberg
Detailed and timely information on accommodations, restaurants, and local attractions highlight these updated travel guides, which feature all-new covers, a two-color interior design, symbols to indicate budget options, must-see ratings, multi-day itineraries, Smart Travel Tips, helpful bulleted maps, tips on transportation, guidelines for shopping excursions, and other valuable features. Original.
UFO's, Religious Miracles, Cattle Mutilation, and Other Unexplained Phenomena in the San Luis Valley
Author: Christopher O'Brien
An investigative journalist and renowned UFO expert reveals the bizarre occurrences in and around the San Luis Valley, including alien abductions, animal mutilations, underground bases, the hunt for an Indian treasure, and more. Original.
Author: Lewis Garrard
Publisher: Applewood Books
Author: Julia Cameron
Category: Biography & Autobiography
An unflinching memoir by the woman who has helped thousands of people uncover their creative inspiration. In Floor Sample, the author of the international bestseller The Artist's Way weaves an honest and moving portrayal of her life. From her early career as a writer for Rolling Stone magazine and her marriage to Martin Scorsese, to her tortured experiences with alcohol and Hollywood, Julia Cameron reflects in this engaging memoir on the experiences in her life that have fueled her own art as well as her ability to help others realize their creative dreams. She also describes the fascinating circumstances that led her to emerge as a central figure in the creative recovery movement-a movement that she inaugurated and defined with the publication of her seminal work, The Artist's Way. Julia Cameron is a passionate and wry observer of the world, and her account of her life as a self-described "floor sample" for all she teaches in her brilliant books on creativity will surprise, entertain, and inspire all her many fans as well as anyone interested in an absorbing literary memoir.
Author: Terry C. Johnston
Crack in the Sky continues the development of the young Titus Bass as he gradually learns the lore of the mountain man. From a raucous rendezvous of trappers to a searing fight with Comanche, from a frigid winter's chill to the angry heat of a chase with horse thieves, Titus Bass's West comes alive in the pages of this remarkable novel--and in its final scene, Titus Bass will meet young Josiah Paddock and form the deep friendship explored in the pagers of Carry the Wind. From the Paperback edition.
Twenty Years of Terror in Taos
Author: Bill Whaley
Category: Biography & Autobiography
"Gringo Lessons: Twenty Years of Terror in Taos" is a tale of modern adventure about a young man, who experienced the local culture from 1966 to 1987. There he met the community: skiers, La Gente, los vato locos, Chicano activists and their Spanish contemporaries, the artists, drug dealers, fellow soldiers, tempting sirens, the occasional movie star, and a host of con artists. Though they burned him out and tried to break his will, he survived, he said, and was just trying to get it right. Finally the pendejo or fool abandoned Taos and returned to the university. But the gringo returns in a sequel, "Taos Redux: The Horse Fly Years," which is even more dramatic and revealing as the pesky insect analyzes the doings of Los Politicos de Taos.
Facsimile of Original 1935 Edition
Author: Mabel Dodge Luhan
Publisher: Sunstone Press
"Winter in Taos" starkly contrasts Luhan's memoirs, published in four volumes and inspired by Marcel Proust's "Remembrances of Things Past." They follow her life through three failed marriages, numerous affairs, and ultimately a feeling of "being nobody in myself," despite years of psychoanalysis and a luxurious lifestyle on two continents among the leading literary, art and intellectual personalities of the day. "Winter in Taos" unfolds in an entirely different pattern, uncluttered with noteworthy names and ornate details. With no chapters dividing the narrative, Luhan describes her simple life in Taos, New Mexico, this "new world" she called it, from season to season, following a thread that spools out from her consciousness as if she's recording her thoughts in a journal. "My pleasure is in being very still and sensing things," she writes, sharing that pleasure with the reader by describing the joys of adobe rooms warmed in winter by aromatic cedar fires; fragrant in spring with flowers; and scented with homegrown fruits and vegetables being preserved and pickled in summer. Having wandered the world, Luhan found her home at last in Taos. "Winter in Taos" celebrates the spiritual connection she established with the "deep living earth" as well as the bonds she forged with Tony Luhan, her "mountain." This moving tribute to a land and the people who eked a life from it reminds readers that in northern New Mexico, where the seasons can be harshly beautiful, one can bathe in the sunshine until "'untied are the knots in the heart,' for there is nothing like the sun for smoothing out all difficulties." Born in 1879 to a wealthy Buffalo family, Mabel Dodge Luhan earned fame for her friendships with American and European artists, writers and intellectuals and for her influential salons held in her Italian villa and Greenwich Village apartments. In 1917, weary of society and wary of a world steeped in war, she set down roots in remote Taos, New Mexico, then publicized the tiny town's inspirational beauty to the world, drawing a steady stream of significant guests to her adobe estate, including artist Georgia O'Keeffe, poet Robinson Jeffers, and authors D.H. Lawrence and Willa Cather. Luhan could be difficult, complex and often cruel, yet she was also generous and supportive, establishing a solid reputation as a patron of the arts and as an author of widely read autobiographies. She died in Taos in 1962.
Author: Kit Carson
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
The legendary nineteenth-century figure relates his experiences as a scout, soldier, trapper, Indian fighter, explorer, and government agent.
Tibet, Yoga, and American Religious Life
Author: Paul G. Hackett
Publisher: Columbia University Press
In 1937, Theos Casimir Bernard (1908–1947), the self-proclaimed "White Lama," became the third American in history to reach Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. During his stay, he amassed the largest collection of Tibetan texts, art, and artifacts in the Western hemisphere at that time. He also documented, in both still photography and 16mm film, the age-old civilization of Tibet on the eve of its destruction by Chinese Communists. Based on thousands of primary sources and rare archival materials, Theos Bernard, the White Lama recounts the real story behind the purported adventures of this iconic figure and his role in the growth of America's religious counterculture. Over the course of his brief life, Bernard met, associated, and corresponded with the major social, political, and cultural leaders of his day, from the Regent and high politicians of Tibet to saints, scholars, and diplomats of British India, from Charles Lindbergh and Franklin Delano Roosevelt to Gandhi and Nehru. Although hailed as a brilliant pioneer by the media, Bernard also had his flaws. He was an entrepreneur propelled by grandiose schemes, a handsome man who shamelessly used his looks to bounce from rich wife to rich wife in support of his activities, and a master manipulator who concocted his own interpretation of Eastern wisdom to suit his ends. Bernard had a bright future before him, but disappeared in India during the communal violence of the 1947 Partition, never to be seen again. Through diaries, interviews, and previously unstudied documents, Paul G. Hackett shares Bernard's compelling life story, along with his efforts to awaken America's religious counterculture to the unfolding events in India, the Himalayas, and Tibet. Hackett concludes with a detailed geographical and cultural trace of Bernard's Indian and Tibetan journeys, which shed rare light on the explorer's mysterious disappearance.
Author: Max Evans
Publisher: UNM Press
Part Taos Indian and part Italian, Bluefeather Fellini walked in two worlds, with occasional direction from an enigmatic spirit guide. His search for life's greatest gifts takes the reader from the mines of the American Southwest to the trenches of World War II Europe in this magical, savage and passionate novel.