Title: The Arrival of My Mother New Mexico Territory, 1906
Source(s): Lion’s Gate Selected Poems 1963-1986
Keith Wilson (Author)
Poem describing the authors mothers arrival in New Mexico territory at the age of 25.
She got off, according to her diary,
dressed in a lovely beaded gown, fresh
from Washington with sixteen trunks of ballgowns,
chemises, blouses (4 Middle), shoes and assorted
lingerie. She was at that time about 25, old
for an unmarried wom...
Title: Bailando en Sombras
María L. Leyba (Author)
A poet dreams of her lost mother.
I lay curled in a veil of luto
wide awake, eyelids that refuse to close
hungry for my Mother's Tongue
my restless soul drawn like magnets
to sacred grounds
donde bailo en sombras
buscando mi querida madrecita.
Mama's favorite rancheras
Source(s): Voices from the Rio Grande: Selections from the first Rio Grande Writers Conference
Leroy Quintana (Author)
A poet writes about his grandfather, who long ago walked barefoot to Wyoming to herd sheep.
Grandfather, who planted corn every year
walked to Wyoming to herd sheep
so many times he said he couldn't remember
I have been told that in his youth
it took two men to wrestle him off his feet
As an old man
Title: The Indian Traders
Frank McNitt (Author)
A description of typical goods for sale or barter at trading posts; the preface describes one trading post and merchant in Cabezon in the Rio Puerco area.
...flour, lard, sugar, green coffee in hundred pound sacks (customers roasting the beans in ovens at home and then grinding them), and canned goods. On their shelves were bolts of calico, fine muslins, Spanish lace, cards of fancy buttons, and spools...
Title: The Woman at Otowi Crossing
Frank Waters (Author)
An excerpt from a novel about the making of the first atomic bomb at Los Alamos and its detonation at White Sands.
This is it, thought Gaylord working in the blinding brilliance of the July sun. Trinity, when he first had heard it, was only a Top-Secret operational code name. Then, when more and more men began to leave Los Alamos and he himself accompanied them, ...
Title: Salt of the Earth
Michael Wilson (Author); Deborah S. Rosenfelt (Author); Michael Wilson (Author)
This script for a movie describes staging a strike by Mexican-American workers against the Empire Zinc Mine in Hanover, New Mexico, 1950-1952. The strike really happened, and the movie made it famous.
Medium shot: the first truck. The Anglo scabs standing in the back of the truck react in fear and consternation. But they stay where they are.
Medium long shot: miners on hillside. A group of them start coming down the hill. We can see Charley an...
Title: Desert Wife
Hilda Faunce (Author)
An Anglo woman writes about her life on a trading post on the Navajo reservation before WW I.
I was glad enough for an excuse to go into a hogan and especially the Old Lady’s. I started right after breakfast. Ken said any hour at all was visiting hour for Indians, so it could be for me too. I had studied the outside of the Navajo homes from...