Southwest

Rock Art Images of Northern New Mexico

By Dennis Slifer

This guide draws on Dennis Slifer’s thirty years of Southwest rock art exploration to explain the significance of rock art in areas of New Mexico.

An Atlas of Historic New Mexico Maps, 1550–1941

By Peter L. Eidenbach

Eidenbach has compiled a collection of New Mexico’s historic maps, navigating through a varied terrain of research and discovery, even securing permissions for colonial-era maps held in special collections with limited public access. This collection, featuring beautifully rendered diagrams of New Mexico’s landscape, allows exploration of the past as seen by that past’s inhabitants.

John Gaw Meem at Acoma

The Restoration of San Esteban del Rey Mission
By Kate Wingert-Playdon

Kate Wingert-Playdon’s narrative of the restoration of San Esteban del Rey Mission and the process behind it is the only detailed account of this milestone example of historic preservation, in which New Mexico’s most famous architect, John Gaw Meem, played a major role.

Tía's Tamales

By Ana Baca
Illustrations by Noël Chilton

Ana Baca's bilingual tale of how two children from different generations learn to make their family recipe for tamales will delight readers of her earlier picture books that combine folklore and traditional cuisine.

Gila

The Life and Death of an American River
Updated and Expanded Edition
By Gregory McNamee

This richly documented cautionary tale narrates the Gila River’s natural and human history. Now updated, McNamee’s study traces recent efforts to resuscitate portions of this important riparian corridor.

Landscape Dreams, A New Mexico Portrait

Photographs by Craig Varjabedian

This collection of elegantly composed black-and-white images by one of New Mexico’s most accomplished photographers, celebrates the state’s captivating physical variety and enduring allure.

Gus Blaisdell Collected

Edited by William PetersonNicole Blaisdell Ivey

This long-awaited collection of Blaisdell’s critical writings includes essays on literature, art, and film, along with moving tributes by some of the distinguished writers who numbered Blaisdell among their friends.

The Suppressed Memoirs of Mabel Dodge Luhan

Sex, Syphilis, and Psychoanalysis in the Making of Modern American Culture
Edited by Lois Palken Rudnick

Restricted at the behest of her family until the year 2000, Rudnick’s edition of these remarkable documents represents the culmination of more than thirty-five years of study of Luhan’s life, writings, lovers, friends, and Luhan’s social and cultural milieus in Italy, New York, and New Mexico.

Fray Angélico Chávez

Poet, Priest, and Artist
Edited by Ellen McCracken

A well-balanced summary of Fray Angélico Chávez's contributions to New Mexico literature and art.

A Harvest of Reluctant Souls

Fray Alonso de Benavides's History of New Mexico, 1630
By Alonso de Benavides
Edited and Translated by Baker H. Morrow

The most thorough account ever written of southwestern life in the early seventeenth century, this engaging book was first published in 1630 as an official report to the king of Spain by Fray Alonso de Benavides, a Portuguese Franciscan who was the third head of the mission churches of New Mexico.

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