Taos: A Topical History

Taos: A Topical History

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Taos: A Topical History by Corina A. Santistevan

In the 1950s Frank Waters wrote, “For a tiny hinterland community that has never heard of the whistle of a train, [Taos’s] impact has been exceeded by few metropolitan communities.” This book is a substantial new account of this northern New Mexico town where three cultures—Tiwa, Spanish, and Anglo—have shared land, water, and traditions for much of modern history. The book’s twenty-six chapters, written by scholars and writers who have special knowledge of their subjects, deliver Taos’s story in topical increments, beginning with a stirring chapter on the Taos Valley’s highly dynamic geologic history and concluding with surveys of artists and writers who have made Taos famous.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780890135976
Publisher: Museum of New Mexico Press
Publication date: 09/15/2014
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,255,260
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Corina A. Santistevan is a seventh-generation New Mexican who is a former educator and historian. She is a charter member of the Taos County Historical Society.



Julia Moore is a career book editor living in Taos, New Mexico.

Table of Contents

Foreword Marc Simmons 9

Acknowledgments Corina A. Santistevan 11

Introduction F. R. Bob Romero 13

No Place Like it On Earth 17

1 Formative Epochs: The Origins and Evolution of the Taos Landscape Paul W. Bauer 19

2 Archaeology and the Pre-European History of the Taos Valley Jeffrey L. Boyer 31

La Tierra: Struggle for Survival 49

3 Caminos Antiguos: Trails into the Taos Valley Charles C. Hawk 51

4 Taos' Early Trade Economy Elizabeth Cunningham Skip Keith Miller 63

5 Land Grants: Tierras De La Gente F. R. Bob Romero 79

6 Borregos Y Trigo: A Culture of Sheep and Wheat John O. Baxter 93

7 Taos Ciboleros: Hispanic Bison Hunters Jerry A. Padilla 105

Conflict: Warriors, Citizens, And Soldiers 113

8 Defiant Taos Robert J. Torrez 115

9 1847: Revolt or Resistance? Alberto Vidaurre 123

10 Taos, the Jicarilla Apache, and the Battle of Cieneguilla David M. Johnson Chris Adams Larry Ludwing Charles C. Hawk 137

11 A Mutiny in Taos, 1855 John B. Ramsay 153

12 Taos and the American Civil War Jerry A. Padilla 165

One Town: Multpile Perspectives 175

13 Taos Pueblo, Past and Recent John J. Bodine 177

14 Taos Pueblo: A Personal Journey Through Time Vernon G. Lujan 189

15 "Sin Agua, No Hay Vida": Acequia Culture John Nichols 201

16 The Tradition of Cooperation Oclides Quntana Tenorio 213

Spiritual Taos 225

17 Sacred Places Michael Miller 227

18 Padre Martínez and the Penitente Brotherhood Rev. Juan Romero 247

19 A Culture of Celebrations Oclides Quintana Tenorio 261

Taos, Catalyst for Creativity 277

20 Taos Art Colony and the Taos Arts Community Mildred Tolbert 279

21 When Nothing Was Store-Bought Dorothy Zopf 291

22 Four Centuries of Weavers and Weaving in Taos Juanita Jaramillo Lavadie 301

23 Writing About Taos Through Four Centuries Nita Murphy Arthur Bachrach 309

Resources for Taos History 325

About the Contributors 335

Index 343

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