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The Santa Fe Entrada Exits

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  Don Diego de Vargas has been banished from the Fiestas de Santa Fe. What does this mean, actually?

The Significance of the Purse

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  Today, August 14, is the 73rd anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II. It’s time to return to childhood’s wisdom.  

Four Square Leagues–and More

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“. . . the government has simply given us the papers, but the land was always ours.”   Pablo Abeita, testifying before Congress, 1923  

Trails’ End

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  Compassion for the Cherokee on The Trail of Tears briefly turned me into a composer.

Another Tragic Trail/Tale

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  Sometimes it’s a little uncomfortable living in a state with so many historic sites.

The Voice in the Woods

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As I sat down to write, I wondered, “How can I frame the contemporary value of shamanism?”

The Kentucky Derby Moment

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  For your pleasure, here is Secretariat’s great moment in history, plus the recipe for the fabulous Kentucky Derby Pie to enjoy on the 144th running on Saturday, May 5.

The Petroglyphic Challenge

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  All I wanted to do was learn more about petroglyphs. I didn’t know that I would end up with a quandary.

Chaco Canyon and The Gambler

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”  . . . I follow numerous scholars by arguing in favor of combining oral traditions with archaeology to develop a fuller understanding of the past.” Robert S. Weiner  

The Spirit of Cowgirl Endures through Art

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  As I trailed Cathy Smith and her art work through the Nambe Trading Post, at one point I exclaimed, “You’re a frigging genius!” “No,” she responded calmly. “I have a niche.”

The Roadside Oracle

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  Coyote is “up” because coyote is going down.

Virtues of the Indian Way

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“Is there a people more deeply misunderstood?” Natalie Curtis, author