History and New Mexico

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Telling New Mexico: A New History

Edited by Marta Weigle
Edited by Frances Levine
Edited by Louise Stiver

This extensive volume presents New Mexico history from its prehistoric beginnings to the present in essays and articles by fifty prominent historians and scholars representing various disciplines including history, anthropology, Native American studies, and Chicano studies. Contributors include Rick Hendricks, John L. Kessell, Peter Iverson, Rina Swentzell, Sylvia Rodriguez, William deBuys, Robert J. Tórrez, Malcolm Ebright, Herman Agoyo, and Paula Gunn Allen, among many others.


Marta Weigle is a former University Regents Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. In 2005 she received the inaugural State Historian’s Award for Excellence in New Mexico Heritage Scholarship from the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division. Among her numerous New Mexico books are Alluring New Mexico: Engineered Enchantment, 18212001 and Spanish New Mexico: The Spanish Colonial Arts Society Collection (both Museum of New Mexico Press) and the coauthored The Lore of New Mexico (UNM Press).

Frances Levine is the director of the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors.

Louise Stiver is the former senior curator of the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors.


"Though no book can ever tell the entire story of any state or satisfy every student, scholar, or history buff, Telling New Mexico: A New History comes close. The work includes narratives of places, people, and events, as well as personal reflections. The book achieves a standard of excellence in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history that makes the past more meaningful to all people. The scholarship represented in this work is hard to fault. . . . Native contributors offer a perspective to New Mexico history that is often missing in other collections. . . . I highly recommend Telling New Mexico: A New History for both the casual reader and the scholar of New Mexico history and culture."


New Mexico Historical Review

"(A)n anthology of historical items which cover the entire spectrum of New Mexico history from the landscape itself through the Indian people, arrival of the Spanish, the Mexican Period, and the coming of the Americans . . . this one belongs on every bookshelf."


New Mexico Historical Notebook

"The history of New Mexico is long indeed. Telling New Mexico: A New History attempts to reveal New Mexico's long and complex story from its earliest days, when Native Americans first set foot on the soil of the future state, to a more modern look at its history in today's world. The braintrust of forty-five scholars and historians, Telling New Mexico brims with exquisite detail concerning the state's major events, legendary figures, and more. Telling New Mexico is a fine read for anyone who wants to understand how New Mexico became what it is today."


Midwest Book Review

Published By Museum of New Mexico Press

7 x 10 in. 480 pages 56 black-and-white photographs