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Title: The Utes

Author(s): Southwest Crossroads Spotlight

A brief history of the Utes.

The Utes call themselves Nunt’z, “the people.” In former times, the Utes roamed in eleven bands across much of Colorado, Utah, and parts of Arizona and New Mexico. Today they live on reservations in southern Colorado and eastern Utah. As many a...

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Title: Reies López Tijerina and the Tierra Amarilla Courthouse Raid

Author(s): Southwest Crossroads Spotlight

A description of conflicts over land ownership in northern New Mexico. In the 1960s, Reies Lopez Tijerina organized the descendants of the original land grantees in a series of protests and demonstrations to recover their lands.

When the Spaniards claimed northern New Mexico as Spanish land in the 1600s, settlers from Spain and present-day Mexico formed ranching and farming communities on land long occupied by Native Americans. The Spanish authorities awarded land grants to ...

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Title: Trading Posts in the American Southwest

Author(s): Southwest Crossroads Spotlight

An overall description of trading posts in the American Southwest.

For hundreds of years, people of the American Southwest traded among themselves. They used a system of barter to exchange everything from furs, bison hides, foods, woven material, and clothing to pottery, beads, feathers, and turquoise. The establish...

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Title: Silver City

Author(s): Southwest Crossroads Spotlight

A brief history of Silver City.

In the middle 1800s, Silver City was a marsh known by its Spanish name, La Ciénaga de San Vicente (St. Vincent’s Marsh). Gila and Mimbres Apaches who had long lived in the valley resisted fiercely the arrival of growing numbers of white settle...

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Title: The Indian Traders

Author(s): 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...

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Title: Bead Springs

Source(s): Five Deer on Loco Mountain Road: People and Places on the Northern Edge of the Gila Wilderness

Author(s): Blanche M. Irving (Author)

Poem about a spring in the Gila wilderness that Apaches used to visit.

It is a spiritual experience to climb the trail and find this blue cup of water waiting. Apache warriors stopped far down the slope and laid aside their war gear; then climbed on to drop their ceremonial beads in this sun- ...

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Title: Ranch Widow

Source(s): Five Deer on Loco Mountain Road: People and Places on the Northern Edge of the Gila Wilderness

Author(s): Blanche M. Irving (Author)

Poem describing a ranch woman in the Gila wilderness area.

The wrinkles are hand-tooled in the brown leather of her face. Seventy, she can pull a calf, brand, ride all day with leathered grace.

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Title: The Saga of a Mountain Man

Source(s): Five Deer on Loco Mountain Road: People and Places on the Northern Edge of the Gila Wilderness

Author(s): Blanche M. Irving (Author)

Poem about Ben Lilly, mountain man in The Black Range area.

Old Ben Lilly was a mountain man a MOUNTAIN kind of a mountain man. He walked the Heel-er with his dogs, hunted bear and lion and sat on logs when he got tired. (in town he'd rather sit on his haunches and smell his own leat...

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Title: Retired Rancher From The Niggereet

Source(s): Five Deer on Loco Mountain Road: People and Places on the Northern Edge of the Gila Wilderness

Author(s): Blanche M. Irving (Author)

Poem about the canyons, mountains and rivers of the Gila Wilderness, and a man’s rough life there.

He has grown old with Gila country; knew it as well as any man could know it. Brought wild cattle in, took them down to winter on the Blue. Covered it all: Milligan Mountain Eagles’ Peak ...

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Title: La Tierra Amarilla: Its History, Architecture, and Cultural Landscape

Author(s): Chris Wilson (Author); David Kammer (Author)

A brief history of the Tierra Amarilla land grant.

Two events in the early 1880s marked a turning point in the development of the region. The effects of the first, the arrival of the railroad in 1880, were quickly felt; the effects of the second, the final confirmation of the Tierra Amarilla Grant in...

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