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.
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.
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: Andrew Jolivétte
Publisher: AltaMira Press
An edited volume that tackles the contemporary issues facing Native Americans through community activism, politics, economics, and legislation.
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: 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.
A Historian's Motorcycle Journeys in the American West
Author: James Whiteside
Publisher: University Press of Colorado
Finalist for the Colorado Book Award (History) In Old Blue’s Road, historian James Whiteside shares accounts of his motorcycle adventures across the American West. He details the places he has seen, the people he has met, and the personal musings those encounters prompted on his unique journeys of discovery. In 2005, Whiteside bought a Harley Davidson Heritage Softail, christened it “Old Blue,” and set off on a series of far-reaching motorcycle adventures. Over six years he traveled more than 15,000 miles. Part travelogue and part historical tour, this book takes the reader along for the ride. Whiteside’s travels to the Pacific Northwest, Yellowstone, Dodge City, Santa Fe, Wounded Knee, and many other locales prompt consideration of myriad topics—the ongoing struggle between Indian and mainstream American culture, the meaning of community, the sustainability of the West's hydraulic society, the creation of the national parks system, the Mormon experience in Utah, the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, and more. Delightfully funny and insightful, Old Blue’s Road links the colorful history and vibrant present from Whiteside’s unique vantage point, recognizing and reflecting on the processes of change that made the West what it is today. The book will interest the general reader and western historian alike, leading to new appreciation for the complex ways in which the American West's past and present come together.
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.
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: 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.
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.
with Taos and Albuquerque
Author: Fodor's Travel Guides
Publisher: Fodor's Travel
Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for 80 years. On a 7,000-foot-high plateau at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Santa Fe is one of the most visited small cities in the United States. The new Fodor's In Focus Santa Fe guide highlights the very best museums, one-of-a-kind cultural events, art galleries, and distinctive restaurants and shops that pack this small city. This travel guide includes: · Dozens of maps · An 8-page color insert with a brief introduction and spectacular photos that capture the top experiences and attractions throughout Santa Fe · Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks · Multiple itineraries to explore the top attractions and what’s off the beaten path · Major sights such as The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Railyard District, Turquoise Trail, Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe Plaza, Kasha Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, and Bandelier National Monument · Day Trips from Santa Fe with The Turquoise Trail, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, The Santa Fe Trail, Bandelier and Los Alamos, Georgia O'Keeffe Country, and The High Road to Taos · Coverage of Santa Fe, Taos, and Albuquerque
Wrestling with D. H. Lawrence
Author: Geoff Dyer
Publisher: North Point Press
Category: Literary Criticism
FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD "In the spirit of Julian Barnes's Flaubert's Parrot and Alain de Botton's How Proust Can Change Your Life, Mr. Dyer's Out of Sheer Rage keeps circling its subject in widening loops and then darting at it when you least expect it . . . a wild book."--Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times Geoff Dyer was a talented young writer, full of energy and reverence for the craft, and determined to write a study of D. H. Lawrence. But he was also thinking about a novel, and about leaving Paris, and maybe moving in with his girlfriend in Rome, or perhaps traveling around for a while. Out of Sheer Rage is Dyer's account of his struggle to write the Lawrence book--a portrait of a man tormented, exhilarated, and exhausted. Dyer travels all over the world, grappling not only with his fascinating subject but with all the glorious distractions and needling anxieties that define the life of a writer.
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: DeWitt C. Peters
Publisher: Digital Scanning Inc
Pioneer Life and Frontier Adventures is an authentic record of the life and times of Christopher “Kit” Carson and his companions in the American West. Derived from Carson’s own narrative, as well as the observations of the author and others, DeWitt C. Peters presents a sweeping view of the lands and peoples of the territories both east and west of the Rockies. He gives us a Carson stripped of the excesses of the dime novels; a sober, stalwart and truthful man who spoke French and Spanish, as well as several Indian dialects. He was an expert on native customs and habits. His early explorations paved the way for the westward expansion of the United States, and his abilities with a rifle created colorful legends. Peters also unfolds for the reader, the great interior wilderness of the territories belonging to the United States, their native tribes and the truths and superstitions they held dear and acts at home as well as on the warpath. Filled with illustrations, DeWitt C. Peters has written an enlightening biography of one of America’s most colorful figures
Author: Jim Campbell
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
“Bobcat” is a historically based action-frontier fiction, circa 1804. The main character is a Quapaw Native American whose life has been disrupted forever.... He journeys west, riding beside the Canadian River across the Great Plains to stand atop the tallest of the ‘white capped’ mountains, and consider his life. Along the way he meets the free-roaming hunting and gathering tribes whose ways are changing, as horses and French/American factory trade goods reach them. The pueblo tribes farther west trade only with Spain. Their homelands invaded some people fight, some hide and some change a little.
Society on the High Plains, 1832-1856
Author: Janet Lecompte
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Pueblo, Hardscrabble, and Greenhorn were among the very first white settlements in Colorado. In their time they were the most westerly settlements in American territory, and they attracted a lively and varied population of mavericks from more civilized parts of the world-from what became New Mexico to the south and from as far east as England. The inhabitants of these little walled towns thrived on the rigor and freedom of frontier life. Many were ex-trappers full already of frontier expertise. Others were enthusiastic neophytes happy to escape problems back home. They sought Mexican wives in Taos or Santa Fe or allied themselves with the native Indian tribes, or both. The fur trade and the illegal liquor trade with the Indians were at first the mainstays of their economy. As time went on they extended their activities to farming illegally on the land owned by the Indians and trading their crops and other trade articles. They enjoyed themselves hunting, gambling, trading, and with their women, freely mixing Spanish, Indian, and Anglo-American cultures in a community without laws or bigotry. This idyll was brought to a close by the Mexican War and the lure of the California Gold Rush of 1849. The expectation of a railroad on the Arkansas brought many of the settlers back, only to be scared away again by the massacre of Pueblo by the Utes in 1854 of which Mrs. Lecompte has reconstructed a very complete record. When the gold seekers rushed to Pikes Peak in 1858 and stayed to establish farms and towns, some of the pioneers of the early days returned with them, and shared their skills and knowledge to make possible the permanent settlements that resulted. Mrs. Lecompte has documented the history of the region from diaries, letters, and the reports of such distinguished passers-by as J. C. Fremont and Francis Parkman. The result is a complete and compelling account of a neglected part of American frontier life. It is illustrated with more than fifty photographs and contemporary drawings.
Transmitting, in Compliance with a Resolution of the House of Representatives, of the 10th Instant, Information Relative to the Arrest and Imprisonment of Certain American Citizens at Santa Fe, by Authority of the Government of Spain : April 15, 1818, Read and Ordered to Lie Upon the Table
Author: United States. Department of State
Category: Santa Fe (N.M.)
A Guide to Unique Places
Author: Patti DeLano,Sarah Smarsh
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Tired of the same old tourist traps? Whether you’re a visitor or a local looking for something different, let Kansas Off the Beaten Path show you the Sunflower State you never knew existed. Attend a “twine party” in Cawker City to make the world’s largest ball of twine (almost nine tons) even larger; go on a retreat to the Dominican Sisters’ Heartland Farm and try your hand at organic gardening and holistic healing; and sample some of the twenty-eight wines produced at Smoky Hill Vineyards and Winery in Salina. So if you’ve “been there, done that” one too many times, get off the main road and venture Off the Beaten Path.