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Taos Earthships

One notable feature of Taos is a willingness to embrace new ideas, "thinking outside the box." From one generation to the next, the community attracts people from all over...

Mescalero Apache

Mescalero Apache The Mescalero's call themselves Shis-Inday, “People of the Mountain Forests," or Mashgalénde / Mashgalé-neí / Mashgalé-õde, “People close to the mountains." Spanish settlers referred to them as the...

Apache Warrior Women | Gouyen, Lozen, Dahteste

Though gender roles and responsibilities were well defined in Apache culture, Apache women held prominent roles in Apache society. Women often accompanied warriors on raids, took up arms to...

Father Albert Braun and the St. Joseph Apache Mission

Unlike many of the missions in New Mexico, St. Joseph Apache Mission in Mescalero was a labor of love, built as a gift to the Mescalero Apache over the...

Lucien Maxwell | The Maxwell Land Grant

The allure and opportunities of the American west attracted countless adventurous souls in the 1800s. A host of larger than life characters populate the tall tales of small towns...

Clay Allison | “The Shootist”

Clay Allison | The “Shootist” The American West was a complicated place. It is often depicted in simplistic terms, the white hat vs. black hat paradigm of law man vs....

Charles Kennedy | Serial Killer on the Taos Trail

Like many of the raucous, unruly mining areas in New Mexico, the Moreno Valley had its share of disreputable characters and gruesome stories. However, of the many outlaws and...

The Hermit

The Organ Mountains are north of Las Cruces. They are stunning volcanic creations; peaking with fluted spires rising sharply from the surrounding plains. The spires look like something out...
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The Short Life & Legend of Billy the Kid

Hollywood westerns distill the old west into an assortment of good guys wearing white hats and bad guys wearing black hats. The reality was more nuanced. Some of the...

Esteban the Moor

For those miffed about the lack of diversity in Oscar nods, I have a story idea that would get the attention of the Academy. It is a story laden...

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