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We Became as Mountains
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Saints and Sinners: An Esoteric Collection of Poetry and Photographs from of New Mexico
By Melanie Lamb Faithful and Sally Nelson Cruse

 64 pages
 7" x 8"

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Saints and Sinners

Saints and Sinners

"...Sentimental and sarcastic, serious and silly, with beautiful full-color photography and art, accompanied by accessible poetry reflecting a sense of place. New Mexico centric, but with appeal beyond state borders. Perfect for gift giving or for anyone with an interest in multi-cultural perspectives. Topics cover every subject, but focuses include environmental issues, feminist issues, experiences of faith and observations on aging. With an iconic building from northern New Mexico on the cover, New Mexico readers (or those who love New Mexico) will be quick to recognize, pick up, browse, and buy.


Rancho de Valentino
by Nancy Marsh Price

Our hearts sank when we saw the scene: the fence on our ranchland along the Tecolote River had not just been cut in one spot. Every one of 
the five strands was cut, top to bottom,
between every fencepost 

as far as the eye could see. 


Price: $19.95
Add $4 postage first book, $.50 each additional copy
ISBN 13: 978-1-889921-55-6
120 pages, paper, photographs

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Rancho de Valentina

Rancho de Valentino

...Thus opens Nancy Marsh Price’s story of how she and her husband, Ted, and son, Jay, bought some ranchland near Santa Fe, New Mexico, to use as a getaway from their busy lives in the state’s capital. Having arrived in Santa Fe from Michigan in 1970, they quickly embraced their new surroundings, including the much-touted tri-cultural ambience and the exotic Southwestern landscape. Price’s story of establishing their rural retreat acquaints us with the rewards and challenges of pursuing a traditional lifestyle in a region whose way of life was beginning to crack under the strain of poverty, a shifting population, and cultural clashes.





El Hermano
A novel by Carmen Baca

El Hermano is an excellent addition to New Mexico literature. Congratulations!                    —Rudolfo Anaya, author Bless Me Ultima

Between the world wars in the remote mountain hamlets and villages of New Mexico, their religious well-being was looked after by a Cofraidía, a brotherhood, also known as Penitentes for their austere rituals and practices, some of which were done in secret.

Price: $16.95
ISBN  1-889921-54-8     
ISBN 13:  978-1-889921-54-9
236 pages, 6 x 9”  6 photographs

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El Hermano

. . . takes place during the forty days of Lent in 1928 as José and his cousins conspire to spy on one of the Brotherhood’s secret rituals to see what lies ahead for them as novices. José knows his time to join the Cofradía (of which his own father is Hermano Mayor) is near, but having seen Hermanos who appear to be in pain after a night spent at the Morada, a meeting house and chapel, and having heard stories about those who even died in the past because of whatever went on within the sacred structure, his fear guides him to join his cousins in their clandestine scheme.





Backpackers’ Ultra Food

by Cinny Green

Dehydrate your own lightweight, tasty, nutrituous power meals!

Price: $16.95
Spot illustrations, Recipes, References, Notes, Index Available Summer 2013 Western Edge Press distributed by Mountain Press or order directly from the publisher Foreign rights: Nigel Wentworth

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Backpackers’ Ultra Food


On the Trail
The Body and Backpacking
The Lightweight Camp Kitchen
Ultra Foods for Backpackers
Ultra Meals for the Trail
Backpackers’ Pantry
Trail Snacks
Backcountry Breakfasts
Backcountry Lunches
Backcountry Dinners
Delectable Desserts
Packaging Food for a Hike
Trail’s End





Trail Writer's Guide

by Cinny Green
illustrations by Maureen Burdock

Price: $16.95
ISBN: 1-978-1-889921-50-1

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Trail Writer's Guide

Write in the Wilderness,
or the Wilderness of Your Imagination

The beautifully illustrated Trail Writers Guide links elements of writing to your moments of inspiration crossing forest paths, mountain creeks, or alpine tundra.

These Writer's Trails lead to:

Myths and more...




We Became As Mountains

Poems of the Pueblo Conquest


Item #: 1088   Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-889921-22-8
Pages: 96   Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

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..a tour de force
of narrative poetry.
In the tradition of Stephen Vincent Benet
and Derek Walcott, Nancy Wood tells
the story of the Pueblo Indians from the time of creation to the building of the first atomic
bomb. Influenced by thirty years of listening
to the stories of tribal elders, Wood's
searing language and impeccable structure
present a highly charged account of pain and triumph, of loss and survival.



Brujas, Bultos, Y Brasas:
Tales Of the Witchcraft and the Supernatural in the Pecos Valley

by Nasario Garcia


"As a child I heard many of these cuentos about witches... Some  were scary enough to make us behave.  This book not only entertains, it helps preserve a very important element of Nuevo Mexican culture."

- Rudolpho A. Anaya, Bless Me, Ultima

232 Pages
5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
35 b/w photos,
Spanish/English, witchcraft glossary,
ISBN 1-889921-03-3

Hispanic Woman
of the Rio Puerco Valley

Collected and edited by Nasario Garcia

Preface by Demetria Martinez

A celebration of a generation of women and their contribution to New Mexican  history and culture.  Twelve women pay tribute to Hispana experiences during the first decades of statehood.  Branding cows. birthing children, washing sheets, and building walls.  The hands of these women shaped the world in which they lived; their stories make an ongoing legacy of culture and life ways.

"caution is advised.  If you are English-speaking, an overwhelming desire to learn Spanish will consume you."  - Pat Quade, Denver Westerners Roundup

260 Pages
5-1/2" x 8-1/2",
25  photos, Spanish/English, 
ISBN 1-889921-15-7


Hunting Sacred - Everything Listens:
A Pueblo Indian Man's Oral Tradition Legacy

By Larry Littlebird

"Thirty-five years ago Larry Littlebird let me hear a song, a singing of being, seeing and healing.  It stayed wit me ever after.  Now here he is sharing it!  These songs and tellings, this little teaching book, deceptive in it's slimness and grace, tells of how to be, in the deepest ways."

- Gary Snyder, Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet and Essayist

128 Pages,  5-3/8" x 8"
 Illustrated, ISBN 1-889921-11-4

Healing Herbs of the Upper Rio Grande: Traditional Medicine of the Southwest
By L.M.S. Curtin.
Revised by Michael Moore

This book is the seminal work on traditional home remedies of the Southwest. Beautifully illustrated by Mimi Kamp.

"...considered a bible among many Curanderas..."
Book Talk

248 Pages, 5-1/2" x 8- 1/4"
93 drawings, ISBN 1-889921-01-7


Saints and Saintmakers
of New Mexico

By E. Boyd
Revised by Robin Farwell Gavin

A thorough-going charmer for anyone delighted with santos and interested in tracing the development of our knowledge of the Hispanic art of the colonial period.

-Center for Latin American Ar and Archeology, Denver Art Museum"

paper, 144 Pages text,  7" x 10"
 24  pages in color
 ISBN 1-889921-02-5

Reflections in the
Lizard's Eye: 

Notes from the High Desert

By John Brandi

Brandi has reached into his soul and extracted some wondrous and pertinent truths about our high desert.  Acquire the book and accompany him on an indelible tour.
-Max Evans, The Rounders & The Hi Lo Countr

$14.95, 208 Pages
5-3/8" x 8"
 6 b/w  photos
 ISBN 1-889921-08-4


Warrior, Shield, and Star: 
Imagery and Ideology of Pueblo Warfare
By Polly Schaafsma

"...demolishes the 'peaceful farmer' model of the Pueblos and the idea that Pueblo Indians developed in isolation from the Mesoamerica...a significant contribution to the literature of the Southwest...An excellent book, well focused and tightly written."

--Carroll L. Riley, Origins of Civilization

216 Pages, 7" x  10",  180 b/w  photos,
22 color photos, 
16 drawings and maps
ISBN 1-889921-06-8

Augustus W. Dunbier 
Paint for the Love of Color

Lonnie Pierson Dunbier
Marcia Kmack

Augustus Dunbier, one of the Midwest's best-known artists in the early to mid-twentieth century, was the first Nebraska-born painter to earn his living solely from his art. Lonnie Pierson Dunbier and Marcia Kmack detail the life story of this colorist and impressionist painter, from his early artistic development to his travels in search of vivid landscapes.
Dunbier's assertive, contrasting colors and bold brushwork captured the intangible features of season, temperature, and weather. Dunbier frequently traveled across North America, painting the mountains of Montana and Colorado, the coasts and harbors of Massachusetts, Maine, Oregon, and Alaska, and the deserts of New Mexico and Arizona.

88 pages, 10 x 8-1/2,
107 color plates, 15 b&w photos
ISBN 1-889921-09-2


Out of the West
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
By Suzan Campbell, PhD

In 2002 the Gund Family gave their collection to the Eiteljorg Museum. The collection contributes a handsome addition to artistic portrayals of the American West, and also serves as a lasting tribute to the passion, connoisseurship and generosity of the George Gund Family.
The book presents the entire Gund collection of Western art in beautiful, full color illustrations and colorful biographies of the featured artists including: Thomas Moran, Friedric Remington, Charles Russell, Charles Bird King, Alfred Jacob Miller, Frank Tenney Johnson and others.
About the Author:
Suzan Campbell is the Gund Curator of Western Art, History and Culture for the Eiteljorg Museum of  American Indians and Western Art.
Suzan is the author of other books including: The American West, People Places and Ideas and Taos Artists and their Patron

10 1/2 x 8
ISBN 1-889921-21-1

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