Untold New Mexico: Stories from a Hidden Past

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Sunstone Press, 2006 - History - 186 pages
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This entertaining collection explores some of the forgotten moments and people who have defined New Mexico--and America. From Dennis Hopper to Hispanic civil rights hero Dennis Chavez, Buddy Holly to Martha Graham, Native American artists to Spanish conquistadores, basketball to boxing, volcano experts to Pueblo activists, and from Roswell's alien party to Santa Fe's Indian Market, Untold New Mexico offers a relevant and fascinating tour through New Mexico's history. With its stories of mavericks and innovators--Igor Stravinsky, Pancho Villa, and Wile E. Coyote all make appearances--"Untold New Mexico" will surprise and move you, revealing some of the many ways New Mexico has carved its special place in American culture and history. Also included are commentaries and contributions from Leonard Maltin, Peter Fonda, Jon Bowman, Kathryn Flynn, Steve Terrell, Quintina Deschenie and Larry Crumpler. Bill Richardson (Foreword) was elected Governor of New Mexico in 2002. He served for fifteen years as New Mexico's Representative in the Third Congressional District, as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations in 1997-8 and as Secretary of the Department of Energy from 1998-2001. Governor Richardson has been nominated several times for the Nobel Peace Prize. Jason Silverman (author) is an award-winning journalist who has written for "Wired" magazine, the "Austin Chronicle," "The Santa Fean," "Time Out New York," "Southwest Art" and "Utne Reader" and in books including "The Critical Guide to Contemporary North American Directors" and "The World Is a Text" (Longman). His articles have been translated into eight languages. He also is an independent film curator."
 

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Page 18 - To recognize the Indian ownership of the limitless prairies and forests of this continent — that is, to consider the dozen squalid savages who hunted at long intervals over a territory of a thousand square miles as owning it outright — necessarily implies a similar recognition of the claims of every white hunter, squatter, horse-thief, or wandering cattle-man.
Page 15 - Curious as it may sound, it was New Mexico that liberated me from the present era of civilization, the great era of material and mechanical development.
Page 19 - You have beautiful statues, beautiful figures of representative scenes which we now worship, you and I together. We don't have 418 beautiful structures and we don't have gold temples in this lake, but we have a sign of a living God to who we pray— the living trees, the evergreen and spruce and the beautiful flowers and the beautiful rocks and the lake itself. We have this proof of sacred things we deeply love, deeply believe.
Page 21 - [If] our land is not returned to us, if it is turned over to the government for its use, then it is the end of Indian life. Our people will scatter as the people of other nations have scattered. It is our religion that holds us together" (http://www .sacredland.org/taos_blue_lake.html).

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Jason Silverman is a contributing writer for Wired News and has written for Wired Magazine, the Austin Chronicle, Time Out New York and his writings appears in books including The Critical Guide to Contemporary North American Directors (Wallflower Press), North of Everything: English-Canadian Cinema (University of Alberta Press), and The World Is a Text (Longman). His articles have been translated into six languages and have won national awards. As a film and video curator, he has worked with Santa Fes Center for Contemporary Arts, the Telluride Film Festival, Taos Talking Pictures, and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

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