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Ancient Peoples of the American Southwest
by Stephen Plog, Amy Elizabeth Grey (Illustrator)
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.
Mary Colter: Architect of the Southwest
by Arnold Berke (Author), Alexander Vertikoff (Photographer)
This extraordinary book about an extraordinary woman weaves together three stories-the remarkable career of a woman in a man's profession during the late 19th century; the creation of a building and interior style drawn from regional history and landscape; and the exploitation, largely at the hands of the railroads, of the American Southwest for leisure travel.
Edge of Taos Desert, An Escape to Reality
by Mabel Dodge Luhan
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.
Foods of the Southwest Indian Nations: Traditional and Contemporary Native American Recipes
by Dr. Lois Ellen Frank
In this gloriously photographed book, renowned photographer and Native American–food expert Dr. Lois Ellen Frank, herself part Kiowa, presents more than 80 recipes that are rich in natural flavors and perfectly in tune with today's healthy eating habits. Frank spent four years visiting reservations in the Southwest, documenting time-honored techniques and recipes. With the help of culinary adviser and Navajo Nation tribesman Walter Whitewater, a chef in Santa Fe, Frank has adapted the traditional recipes to modern palates and kitchens. Inside you'll find such dishes as Stuffed Tempura Chiles with Fiery Bean Sauce, Zuni Sunflower Cakes, and Prickly Pear Ice. With its wealth of information, this book makes it easy to prepare and celebrate authentic Native American cooking.
Radical Compassion: Learning to Love Yourself and Your World with the Practice of RAIN
by Tara Brach
In this heartfelt and deeply practical book, Tara Brach offers an antidote to today's ever-increasing onslaught of news, conflict, demands, and anxieties--stresses: an easy-to-learn four-step meditation that quickly loosens the grip of difficult emotions and limiting beliefs.
Spider Woman's Granddaughters: Traditional Tales and Contemporary Writing by Native American Women
by Allen, Paula Gunn
A powerful collection of traditional tales, biographical writings, and contemporary short stories, many by the most accomplished Native American women writing today, including: Louise Erdrich, Mary TallMountain, Linda Hogan, and many others.
The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound (video)
by Katrina Parks
This documentary tells the story of how over 100,000 railroad station waitresses opened up the doors of the American West and the workplace to women and change history. A James Beard Award finalist.
https://vimeo.com/ondemand/23102 (fees may be associated for a download)
OM Yoga, A Guide to Daily Practice
by Cyndi Lee
Clear and concise, Cindi Lee's superb guide uses easy-to-follow illustrations to show poses.
Garden in the Dunes
by Leslie Marmon Silko
Our narrator, a precocious girl named Indigo from a nearly extinct Native American tribe, is adopted by a well-intentioned rich naturalist and his depressed wife. A thematically rich novel that illuminates the ways the two cultures interact with nature.
A Thousand Voices (video)
by David Aubrey
From the proverb, “It takes a thousand voices to tell a single story,” this is a documentary that builds from thousands of voices to present one universal story of New Mexico’s Native American women.
A History of Spirituality in Santa Fe: The City of Holy Faith
by Ana Pacheco
Santa Fe city historian Ana Pacheco documents the rich religious and spiritual history of this high-mountain metaphysical community.
Georgia O'Keeffe and New Mexico: A Sense of Place
by Buhler Lynes/Poling-Kempes/Turner
Georgia O'Keeffe and New Mexico is the first book to analyze the artist's famous depictions of Southwestern landscapes.