Suggested Reading List
American Indian Myths and Legends
Author: Richard Erdoes, Alfonso Ortiz
Description: An illustrated collection of 180 traditoonal stories from all over North America.
Ancient Peoples of the American Southwest
Author: Stephen Plog, Amy Elizabeth Grey (Illustrator)
Description: This illustrated introduction provides an in-depth look at the ancient cultures that first inhabited the pueblos and cliff dwellings of the American Southwest. Organized chronologically, it features hundreds of maps, mostly black-and-white photographs and site diagrams.
Dark Beauty, Photographs of New Mexico
Author: Jack Parsons
Description: Some of the best work of Jack Parsons, a longtime and accomplished Southwest photographer, is compiled in this full-color coffee table book. Parsons presents the rugged landscapes and the people of New Mexico, exploring religious iconography, far-flung ranches, small towns and wide open spaces.
Edge of Taos Desert, An Escape to Reality
Author: Mabel Dodge Luhan
Description: First published in 1937, this story reveals the spiritual awakening the New York socialite experienced through Taos, the Pueblo Indians and Indian Tony Luhan, whom she later married.
If Mountains Die, A New Mexico Memoir
Author: John Treadwell Nichols, William Davis (Photographer)
Description: A visual survey of Taos old from the perspective of a 30-year Taos resident, who's still as in love with the land now as he was when the book was first published in 1979.
Indian Arts of the Southwest
Author: Susanne Page
Description: Featuring color photographs of the basketry, pottery, weaving, jewelry, and carvings of 200 noted artists, this book is both a collector's guide and cultural history of the Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, Pueblo peoples and other native peoples.
Moon Handbook Santa Fe, Taos & Albuquerque
Author: Zora O'Neill
Description: A comprehensive, no-nonsense guide in the popular series, with good background information about history, culture and popular attractions.
New Mexico, A History
Author: Joseph P. Sanchez
Description: This cooperative effort between three native New Mexicans is the first complete history of New Mexico. It charts the state’s development from 16th-century Spanish colony to frontier province, from its 1912 American statehood to a hub of (often classified) scientific research. A vital source for anyone seeking to understand the complex history of the West.
Pueblo Nations: Eight Centuries of Pueblo Indian History
Author: Joe Sando
Description: An expansive history of the Indian Pueblos of New Mexico from a Native American perspective. The book explores the origins of the tribe to its current struggles to maintain sovereignty, land and water rights.
Runner in the Sun
Author: D'Arcy McNickle
Description: Nickles combined his anthropology background with all the suspense of a mystery to craft this novel about pre-Hispanic Indian life in the American Southwest.
Santa Fe Map
Description: A plastic-coated, fold-up map of Santa Fe, including Taos and Albuquerque.
Santa Fe, History of an Ancient City
Author: David Grant Noble (Editor)
Description: A revised edition of of this classic history of Santa Fe to the mid-nineteenth century, featuring essays by ten scholars and hundreds of archival photographs, drawings and maps.
Talking With the Clay, The Art of Pueblo Pottery
Author: Stephen Trimble, Tom Ireland (Photographer)
Description: With color photographs throughout, this 20th anniversary edition of Trmible's portrait of the Pueblo people as revealed through pottery traditions includes interviews with a new generation of artists.
The Art of New Mexico: How the West Is One
Author: Traugott, Joseph
Description: An illustrated compendium of New Mexico art from the 1880s to the present that considers historical and cultural significance with a wealth of information about the artists and their pieces. Written for a broad audience.
The Great Taos Bank Robbery
Author: Tony Hillerman
Description: Nine indelible tales of life in New Mexico by the great newspaperman and author of the terrific series of mysteries set on the Navajo Nation.
The Myth of Santa Fe, Creating a Modern Regional Tradition
Author: Chris Wilson
Description: By exploring Santa Fe's architectural style, public ceremonies, historic preservation movement and cultural traditions, Eilson unravels the complex interactions of ethnic identity and tourist image making.
The Spell of New Mexico
Author: Tony Hillerman (Editor)
Description: A selection of 12 thoughtful essays on the New Mexico state of mind by great writers, including C.G. Jung, Mary Austin, D.H. Lawrence and Lawrence Clark Powell. Hillerman succeeds in communicating the lure of the desert Southwest in this wonderful, literate introduction to the state.