A Land So Remote: Wooden artifacts of frontier New Mexico

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Red Crane Books, 2001 - Art - 251 pages

Dedicated to the many people of New Mexico who created a rich and fascinating culture in a harsh land, A Land So Remote: Wooden Artifacts of Frontier New Mexico, 1708-1900s salutes the importance of these vital and pragmatic wooden objects. That the people who made them survived and thrived is a testament to their constancy and success. For over twelve thousand years, the indigenous people of the Southwest have fashioned tools, weapons, religious artifacts, furniture, toys, architectural details, and domestic utensils from wood. With the coming of the Spanish, new tools, technologies, and materials forever altered the indigenous inhabitants' traditional way of life. New Mexican wooden artifacts beautifully express the ingenuity and adaptability of this regional mestizo society. This volume is illustrated with hundreds of color photographs of works from eight museums and nine private collections.

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During the 19th century, the fervent gratitude New Mexicans felt for their deliverance from the difficulties of frontier life gave birth to a marvelous and exciting period of religious art, explored ... Read full review


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About the author (2001)

Larry Frank studied medieval art in Paris. Upon returning to the United States, he found that the counterpart that continued the tradition for him was the linear and stylized design of santos. He was a collector of santos for thirty-five years and was considered a leading authority on the subject.

Miller is an educator, archaeologist, museum professional, art historian, and potter.

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