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AMERICAN INDIAN CREATION MYTHS
By Teresa Pijoan, PhD

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Myths tell us much about a people. And all cultures have creation myths. The myths collected by the author in this book tell us about the rich and varied lives and imagination of the first Americans. They vary from simple to complex and all attempt to answer the question of human origin. Native Americans are of profound beginnings. Each Tribe, Group or Pueblo hold their beginning to be truths, unique from one another. The beliefs in this book are only a sampling of the many that still exist today.

“In collecting these tales,” the author says, “no tape recorder was used and no notes were taken during the telling. Immediately after the session copious notes were taken and later expanded into a recreation of the myth. Subjects were located through word of mouth and after a short time people started coming forward and volunteering their stories.

“The people hold the stories. May they continue to tell and share with their families, communities, and the outsiders. We have much to learn from Creation, from each other, and from the holders of the stories.”

TERESA PIJOAN was raised on the San Juan Pueblo Indian Reservation in New Mexico and later her family moved to the Nambe Indian Reservation. She is a national lecturer, storyteller, research writer, college professor, and teacher. She has lectured throughout Central Europe, Mexico, and the United States.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-471-6
116 pp.,$18.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-094-0
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THE AMERICAN RHYTHM
Studies and Reëxpressions of Amerindian Songs
By Mary Austin

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Mary Austin was one of the first to recognize that Native American myths and culture were in danger of being eroded and lost. She then took upon herself the duty of tracking down American Indian songs and poems, saying that she was not giving a translation of the original but what she preferred to call a “re-expression” which she referred to as “reëxpressions.” It was her belief that the life and environment of the person who made up the words was an important part of understanding the rhythm and meaning of the work. She considered tribal dancing an essential part of the sung or spoken words and her extensive research led first to lectures and later to the publication of The American Rhythm. It was her work in this field that resulted in Austin being named an Associate in Native American Literature by the School of American Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Mary Austin (nee Hunter) was born in Carlinville, Illinois in 1868 and died in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1934. After graduation from Blackburn College, she moved with her family to California. She later spent time in New York and eventually settled in Santa Fe. A prolific writer, she wrote novels, short stories, essays, plays and poetry. Austin became an early advocate for environmental issues as well as the rights of women and other minority groups. She was particularly interested in the preservation of American Indian culture.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-570-6
204 pp.,$24.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-082-7
204 pp.,$19.99


THE FAMILY AT SERPIENTE
First in The Serpent Trilogy
By Raymond Tolman

This first volume in The Serpent Trilogy follows Penny Anderson on her journey from East Tennessee to New Mexico to find mystery, adventure and an unusual family.

In this first volume in The Serpent Trilogy, Penny Anderson, a high school junior, escapes an untenable home situation and flees across the country to join her Uncle and Aunt in Serpiente, New Mexico. The Navajo Hidalgo, a detective, tries to warn Penny of the dangers of Serpiente but she persists and in the end wins the confidence and hearts of a unique family. Together they uncover the mysterious creatures that have, throughout history, enjoyed vexing and manipulating humans to evolve into warring creatures for their own evil reasons. Using the tools of science and Indian folklore, the detectives discover the secret to making peace with the serpents. Unfortunately, antiquity thieves discover and attack the serpents, sparking a war. The family conducts historical research that reveals the ultimate goals and truth about the serpents.

Raymond Tolman grew up in the multicultural South Valley of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He earned his Master's degree from the University of New Mexico and taught high school and college Science until his retirement. Moving to East Tennessee for family reasons, he built his own home while spending time working for SRA-McGraw-Hill during textbook adoptions. His retirement has afforded him time to paint southwestern art and pursue writing, his lifelong passions.

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-172-6
450 pp.,$24.95

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HEALERS ON THE MOUNTAIN
And Other Myths of Native American Medicine
By Teresa Pijoan, PhD

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A unique characteristic of Native American medicine is the belief that each patient holds a different spirit, and that the healing can only work when it affects the individual spirit. Mythology is essential to this healing process. The belief stories within these pages reflect a culture that holds both poignant and alarming lessons. Readers of this book will discover the intriguing past and knowledge of Native American history and beliefs which are more enlightening than they may have previously realized.

Teresa Pijoan was raised as a young child on San Juan Pueblo Reservation in New Mexico by her Barcelona born father and her New York born mother. When Teresa was twelve years old, her family moved to Nambe Indian Reservation. She also spent several summers with her adopted aunt at Hopi. As a University of New Mexico at Valencia history professor, Teresa Pijoan, PhD, is an internationally acclaimed author, storyteller, and lecturer. She has won many awards for her teaching and her publications.

Her other books from Sunstone Press are American Indian Creation Myths, Pueblo Indian Wisdom, Ways of Indian Magic, and Dead Kachina Man.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-764-9
222 pp.,$22.95

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HITS WITH HIS FIST GIVES A HELPING HAND
Mimbres Children Learn About Caring
By Carilyn Rae Alarid and Marilyn Fae Markel

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This exciting story introduces the use of the Native This touching story describes the use of the Native American “talking stick” to facilitate communication through the unique black and white painted pottery images created by the Mimbres Indians of southwest New Mexico. Centered on the theme of caring, it is the third in a series to help children learn how to develop good character traits.

In this story the Mimbres children discover the enduring power of caring for each other and the members of their pueblo. Innovative ideas along with daring and compassionate actions help them earn the respect of their elders. The children’s continuing adventures are brought to life through the illustrated scenes of every day activity as depicted on the pottery bowls by Mimbres artists of a thousand years ago. Teachers, librarians, parents and children of all ages will enjoy this pictorial narrative.

Twin sisters Carilyn Alarid and Marilyn Markel are dedicated to helping children learn how to have respect for individual and cultural differences of all people. Carilyn is a Behavior Consultant and synthesizes classroom instruction with behavioral techniques to emphasize the importance of character development in students. Marilyn teaches about the increasing need to preserve and protect southwest New Mexico’s cultural heritage. Born and raised in New Mexico, these sisters have the utmost respect for native cultures both past and present. Their previous books in the “Mimbres Children” series, Old Grandfather Teaches A Lesson and Talks All Day Has The Courage To Speak, were also published by Sunstone Press.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-508-9
114 pp.,$16.95


THE LEGEND OF LA LLORONA
By Ray John de Aragón

Cover illustration by Rosa María Calles

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The folklore of Spanish America is full of exciting accounts of a wandering, shrieking, tormented spirit called La Llorona, the “Wailing Woman.” Her eerie spine-chilling cry was said to be an omen of death. This is the first serious account of the frightening tale that has fascinated people for generations.

Ray John de Aragón, an expert on Spanish folklore, traditions and myths, traveled throughout the villages and byways of New Mexico searching out the roots of this very popular Spanish phantom. What he found was that every person he listened to had a different version. They sometimes placed her in their own towns as having been a local girl who had lived, loved, and then died a tragic death. She then arose, according to hearsay, and now she searches throughout the countryside for the children she lost in a watery grave. Some villagers even took him to a nearby river or arroyo to show him where La Llorona and her children drowned, but they always cautioned, “Don’t come here late at night because she will appear to you crying, and she will follow you as you try to get away.” The author then took the threads of the stories he heard and has woven them in a full length study of this famous ghost. Noted folklorist Pedro Ribera Ortega called this book in a review, “The tragic mythic love/ghost story laid out to scare even the bravest of readers.”

RAY JOHN de ARAGÓN has a Masters in American Studies and has been a keynote speaker at public and historical conferences. He is the recipient of numerous awards and is the author of Padre Martínez and Bishop Lamy, The Penitentes of New Mexico, and Recollections of the Life of the Priest Don Antonio Jose Martínez, all from Sunstone Press.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-505-8
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LIVING LEGENDS OF THE SANTA FE COUNTRY
A Collection of Southwestern Stories
By Alice Bullock

Map and Many Photographs!

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History buffs and the Southwest collection of every library should include this collection of fascinating legends gathered over many years by its renowned author.

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5 1/2 x 8 1/2
ISBN: 978-0-91327-006-6
124 pp.,$10.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-968-4
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LORETTO AND THE MIRACULOUS STAIRCASE
The History of the Staircase Built Without Hands
By Alice Bullock

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Who built the mysterious spiral staircase in the little chapel at Loretto Inn in Santa Fe, New Mexico? Was it a master craftsman or the work of good St. Joseph? Archbishop John B. Lamy had the chapel, patterned after the Sainte-Chapelle of Paris, built for the Sisters of Loretto and the young ladies of the academy. When the school closed after more than a century of outstanding service, the site was sold. Old and new owners agreed that the chapel, and the famous staircase, must be preserved for its beauty and peace—now and in the future.

Alice Bullock explored “the Land of Enchantment” in depth, ferreting out the legends and folklore of New Mexico. She spent almost three years collecting these stories, recording and thus saving many of them for posterity. An “almost-native” New Mexican (she arrived in the area at age eight) Alice grew up in Gardiner and graduated from Colfax County High School in Raton. She became a country school teacher and then a reporter and freelance writer. She is also the author of Living Legends of the Santa Fe Country, Mountain Villages of New Mexico, and Monumental Ghosts, all from Sunstone Press.

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5 1/2 x 8 1/2
ISBN: 978-0-91327-080-6
18 pp.,$12.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-948-6
18 pp.,$2.99


LOS PENITENTES
A Brief History
By William Farrington

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One of the most fascinating, written about, and misunderstood religious groups in the world is Los Hermanos Penitentes, a Catholic brotherhood found only in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. As with all cultures, societies and organizations lacking a written literary tradition, the recorded history of the Penitentes is full of compounded errors and misinterpretations, Legends and folklore, handed down orally over the years, are open to interpretations that are, perhaps, wide of the mark. But the facts, such as they are, have come from outside observers, scholarly researchers and obvious detractors with a religious bias. Somewhere among all that has been written lies the truth, but since no hermano has ever told or written the true story, much is still left to conjecture. From the recorded facts this booklet has been compiled with, it is hoped, some measure of objectivity.

William Farrington was a professional librarian for twenty-five years in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and California. His non-fiction articles have appear in national magazines and he has served as a book reviewer for various periodicals. He is also the author of Prehistoric and Historic Pottery of the Southwest, A Bibliography, also published by Sunstone Press.

On the cover: “Three Black Shawls,” William Shuster (1893–1969), c. 1930. Etching with watercolor 3 x 3 7/8”


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5 1/1 x 8 1/2
ISBN: 978-0-913270-71-4
32 pp.,$12,95


LOWRIDER BLUES
Cantando, Gritando y Llorando, a Collection of Short Stories and Observations from My Inner Barrio
By Marie Romero Cash

Stories about contemporary life and customs in the largely Hispanic population of Northern New Mexico

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This collection of short stories and prose chronicles events observed by the author during her lifetime in Northern New Mexico. Family, relatives, friends and strangers (real or imaginary) are caught off guard in everyday occurrences that evoke laughter, tears, or memories of the past. The names have, of course, been changed, and much embellishment has been added to stories which may or may not be true. Stories of innocence, family dynamics, relationships and injustice combine to bring a tongue in cheek narrative to the reader. The author adds: “My inner barrio is full of observations, whether from the neighborhood where I grew up in Santa Fe or from watching ordinary people interact with each other. I try to see the humor in whatever life throws at us and hope some of these stories will bring a chuckle or a hearty laugh to anyone willing to let their guard down as they read on.”

Born in Santa Fe, Marie Romero Cash is an award-winning folk artist/santera who has been exhibiting her colorful works for over thirty years. She is also a writer, having authored several books on Northern New Mexican culture, shrines, saints and churches including: Built of Earth and Song: A guidebook to Northern New Mexico’s Village Churches; Living Shrines: Devotional Spaces in Northern New Mexico Homes; Santos, A Coloring Book of New Mexico Saints (also from Sunstone Press); and her memoir about growing up in Santa Fe, Tortilla Chronicles.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-704-5
128 pp.,$18.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-077-3
128 pp.,$9.99


MONUMENTAL GHOSTS
Spooks and Where They Hang Out
By Alice Bullock

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What do the Dorsey Mansion, Fort Union, the Vietnam Memorial Chapel, Quarai, White Sands, and Coronado State Monument in New Mexico have in common? They all have ghosts connected with their histories! Alice says, “The ghosts in this volume are all ‘residents’ of national or state monuments. But the ghosts in New Mexico, unlike those of say, the British Isles, are rarely vicious or frightening. They are gentle ghosts and more afraid of us, apparently, than we are of them.” Alice Bullock shares these and other ghostly tales with us in this collection of Southwestern legends, all explained in twenty stories that include the mysterious “Blue Lady” of Quarai National Monument.

Alice Bullock explored “the land of enchantment” in depth, ferreting out the legends and folklore of New Mexico. An “almost-native” New Mexican (she arrived in the area at age eight) Alice grew up in Gardiner and graduated from Colfax County High School in Raton. She became a country school teacher and then a reporter and freelance writer. She is also the author of Mountain Villages of New Mexico, Loretto and the Miraculous Staircase, and Living Legends of the Santa Fe Country, all from Sunstone Press.

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5 1/2 x 8 1/2
ISBN: 978-0-86534-029-9
42 pp.,$12.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-924-0
42 pp.,$4.99


MOUNTAIN VILLAGES
Stories of History and Hearsay
By Alice Bullock

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Done in her swift, story-telling style, Alice Bullock creates a fine mixture of history and hearsay so that we can never forget what once was . . . in our haste to be a part of what now is. The book tells of the small New Mexico villages with light-hearted charm, but also tells a great many unforgettable facts in a style that has won Mrs. Bullock a wide national readership.

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5 1/2 x 8 1/2
ISBN: 978-0-91327-013-4
120 pp.,$16.95


MYTHS OF MAGICAL NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN INCLUDING SALT WOMAN STORIES
By Teresa Pijoan, PhD

Myths of Native American spiritual women found throughout the Americas retold by well known American Southwestern professor, lecturer and storyteller.

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Myths allow us to experience and find a meaning for life through different cultures. Myths resonate within us, bringing an experience of existing within a dissimilar reality. The Native American storytellers who shared their myths with the author were taught by their Elders who lived in a place and culture altered from that of today. These myths were told and recorded by the author with the understanding they would not be lost. Some of these myths were found to be almost lost, some to be very old, almost forgotten. The Salt Woman stories are difficult to find. They are very old and come from several cultures and diverse tellers. Other myths are from New Mexican Pueblos, Southeastern Creek, Lakota, Cheyenne, Hopi and Guiana cultures.

Teresa Pijoan was born in Espanola, New Mexico, and grew up in Indian communities where she learned the ways and legends of the Native People. Her father was a public health doctor from Barcelona and her mother was a school teacher from New York. Her grandfather was the famous Spanish author, Jose Pijoan. Teresa Pijoan is a lecturer, storyteller, research writer, and teacher. She has shared her storytelling throughout Central Europe, Mexico, and the United States. To storyteller Pijoan myths are “magic lenses” through which cultures can be viewed, understood, and deeply appreciated. Other books by Teresa Pijoan are Dead Kachina Man, American Indian Creation Myths, Native American Creation Stories of Family and Friendship, Granger’s Threat, Healers on the Mountain, Pueblo Indian Wisdom, and Ways of Indian Magic, all from Sunstone Press.

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-249-5
84 pp.,$16.95

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NEW MEXICO TRIPTYCH
By Fray Angélico Chávez

Three stories set in the American Southwest with illustrations by the author.

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A gentle wood carver whose santos are stolen; an old hunchback who, with the help of Our Lady, comes into her own; a horse thief innocent of wrong intents—theirs are the stories that Fray Angélico paints, framing them with exquisite art in the manner of the medieval triptych. Born and bred in the land of sunshine and silence, Fray Angélico Chávez has a threefold heritage and a threefold gift. Heir to the artistic tradition of Spanish New Mexico, steeped in the spirit of Franciscan mysticism, and word-perfect in the folklore of the adobe village, he interprets the ageless spirit of his people in story, poetry and painting.

Fray Angélico Chávez, in the decades following his ordination as a Franciscan priest in 1937, performed the difficult duties of an isolated backcountry pastor. His assignments included Hispanic villages and Indian pueblos. As an army chaplain in World War II, he accompanied troops in bloody landings on Pacific islands, claiming afterwards that because of his small stature, Japanese bullets always missed him. In time, despite heavy clerical duties, Fray Angélico managed to become an author of note, as well as something of an artist and muralist. Upon all of his endeavors, one finds, understandably, the imprint of his religious perspective. During nearly seventy years of writing, he published almost two dozen books. Among them were novels, essays, poetry, biographies, and histories, some of which are published by Sunstone Press.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-711-7
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OLD GRANDFATHER TEACHES A LESSON
Mimbres Children Learn Respect
By Carilyn Alarid and Marilyn Markel

"...a book to treasure for readers of all ages. It is best shared initially in the traditional read-aloud fashion, but also serves as a simple reference book on the Mimnbres people and other American Indians and their ways. Older children will want to reread it and refer to its instructions on creating a Talking Stick." --SUNDAY, THE NEW MEXICAN MAGAZINE

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This fascinating story brings together two Native American traditions: the age old practice of using a “talking stick” to encourage communication and avoid conflict; and the unique black and white painted pottery images used by the Mimbres Indians of southwest New Mexico. The story centers around four Mimbres children and a wise old Grandfather who helps them learn active listening skills, the value of sharing their individual talents, and the importance of respecting each other. The children are brought to life through the illustrated scenes of everyday activity as depicted on the pottery bowls by Mimbres artists of a thousand years ago.

This book, focusing on the theme of respect, is the first in a series to help children learn how to develop good character traits. Teachers, librarians and children of all ages will enjoy its pictorial narrative.

Twin sisters Carilyn Alarid and Marilyn Markel are dedicated to helping children learn how to have respect for the individual and cultural differences of all people. With a Master's degree in Special Education and pursuing a Master's degree in History respectively, Carilyn is a behavior consultant who designs and implements behavior interventions for students and Marilyn teaches about the increasing need to preserve our archaeological treasures through outreach programs. Born and raised in New Mexico, these sisters have the utmost respect for native cultures both past and present.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-418-1
116 pp.,$16.95


OLD SPAIN IN OUR SOUTHWEST
Facsimile of Original 1936 Edition
By Nina Otero-Warren

New Foreword by Charlotte T. Whaley

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Nina Otero-Warren's Spanish conquistador ancestors dramatically altered the social and political landscape in Santa Fe, New Mexico more than three hundred years before she herself made waves as a twentieth-century suffragist, educator, political leader, and businesswoman. Otero-Warren's contributions to her community were not just in the political realm. She headed efforts to preserve historic structures in Santa Fe and Taos and built close ties with the artists, writers, and intellectuals who congregated in the area during the 1930s and 1940s. She was instrumental in renewing interest in and respect for Hispanic and Indian culture, which had for a time faced scorn and ridicule.

Her book, Old Spain in Our Southwest (1936), recorded her memories of the family hacienda in Las Lunas. She continued her life at Las Dos as a businesswoman, educator, writer, and political activist until her death in 1965.

This new edition is a facsimile of the original edition with a forward by Charlotte T. Whaley, author of Nina Otero-Warren of Santa Fe.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-542-3
220 pp.,$22.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-232-6
220 pp.,$9.99


PECOS PUEBLO PEOPLE THROUGH THE AGES
Stories of Time and Place
By Carol Paradise Decker

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The once great Pecos Pueblo has deteriorated to a series of rock and earthen humps on a narrow ridge in the Upper Pecos Valley in New Mexico. The nearby mission church is reduced to roofless red walls eroding among the foundations of its larger predecessor. Now that they are under the care of the National Park Service, visitors stroll the Ruins Trail awed by the remains and eager to know more of their story.

Who were the people who called this place home over the centuries? What were their lives like in times of calm and crisis? Where did the people go when the Pueblo was abandoned? And how can their descendents claim that “we are still here!”? These ten stories range through the centuries from stone age hunters of the distant past to the return of the ancestors in 1999. Linked by an ancient bone bead each describes a particular event from the perspective of a young girl and her family.

A transplanted New Englander, Carol Paradise Decker moved to Santa Fe in 1980 with a background in Spanish and intercultural relations. Soon she began teaching Conversational Spanish in various venues and exploring the history and heritage of New Mexico. As a tour guide she roamed all over the northern part of the state sharing with visitors what she was learning. For eight years she planned informal gatherings of many kinds: conversations with key elders, visits to homes and relevant organizations, field trips to farms and villages, work projects and more—bringing together Santa Fe Anglos, local Hispanics and Pueblo Indians through her Vecinos del Norte program. Later (1998–2003) she volunteered at The Pecos National Historical Park, and more recently at El Rancho de las Golondrinas.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-823-3
222 pp.,$19.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-6
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THE PENITENTES OF THE SANGRE DE CRISTOS
By Bill Tate

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The Penitentes are a secret and sacred Spanish-American brotherhood who live in the mountains of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado who have pledged themselves to Christian devotions without completely withdrawing from the daily world. They have dedicated themselves in remembrance that Jesus Christ was condemned, crucified, and died on the cross for the salvation of mankind, and the expiation of his sins. Their devotions are observed usually in secret because the Penitentes believe that worship is a private matter and that one should not seek approbation for one’s sacred endeavors. They are the descendants of the vanguard of Spanish colonists who settled in the highlands of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado during the floodtide of Spanish colonization. The Penitente liturgy consists mainly of prayers called rosaries, rapturous songs called alabados, and processions. The author says, “I have no portfolio to be their apologist or oracle, but I have taken it upon myself to portray and to clarify in this book who the Penitentes are, what they do, and why, as lucidly and objectively as possible.”

Bill Tate was an artist and author who lived in the mountain village of Truchas, New Mexico where he owned and operated the Tate Gallery. His paintings hang in private collections in almost every state and many foreign countries. He served in the United States Navy and after World War II became a writer in Hollywood. After his move to New Mexico he served as a Justice of the Peace in Santa Fe and Rio Arribo counties. He has written several other books about New Mexico history and philosophy.


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ISBN: 978-1-63293-156-6
68 pp.,$16.95


PLÁTICAS
Conversations About and Among Friends and Neighbors in Cuba, New Mexico
By Esther V. Cordova May

Northern New Mexico regional Hispanic history and folklore.

The community of Cuba, New Mexico, its institutions and economy are changing rapidly and radically. Our town is losing its former identity and its precious historical resources. Personally, I feel an urgent need to capture as much of our history as possible. I hope to share what I can from my perspective in the form of pláticas. In Spanish, pláticas means conversation, talk or chat, as well as discourse or a communication of ideas or information. Those of us who experienced Cuba before the age of electronic devices used to relate through pláticas. With our passing, the resources from the past will become less accessible unless they are written down. The stories and the fascinating people who once made our world special will fade away. The modern reader is invited to share our history and join in appreciating who we were as a community. Like any other place, Cuba’s history illustrates compassion and pain as well as conflict, cooperation and endurance. These stories and observations have relevance in this place and elsewhere, now and in the future.

Esther V. Cordova May was born in Cuba, New Mexico before World War II. As a child, she experienced the pre-industrial, rural life as prior generations of her family had done in Cuba and surrounding villages. Esther earned her Bachelor’s degree in history at Mills College in Oakland, California and a Masters degree in Folklore at the University of California, Berkeley. Since returning to Cuba nearly forty years ago, she has continued her research of verbal accounts of pre-World War II life and her collection of photographs started in 1972 as a student research scholar. Esther is the author of the highly acclaimed Antes: Stories from the Past, Rural Cuba New Mexico, 1769–1949, published by Sunstone Press in 2011.

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-209-9
190 pp.,$19.95


PUEBLO INDIAN WISDOM
Native American Legends and Mythology
By Teresa Pijoan

NEW MEXICO MAGAZINE says: "PUEBLO INDIAN WIDSOM will be of great interest to readers who care about myth, legend and tale--and the Pueblo Indians of the Southwest."

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Anyone interested in mythology and legends will enjoy these stories which have been passed down orally for generations by the pueblo Indians of the American Southwest. They reveal pueblo customs and traditions as well as the ceremonial aspects of Pueblo religion. A character called Grandfather, the fictional narrator of these stories, embodies the collective wisdom of the Pueblo Indians, the attitudes about universal dilemmas and conflicts in human life that developed through many generations.

Some of the stories are realistic; others involve the supernatural. Some evoke the initial contact between the pueblos and the Spanish conquistadors. There are also tales of the joy and bitterness of interactions between parents and children, husbands and wives, and humans and spirits. Rites of passage and "vision quests" often enter into the characters' attempts to live in harmony with nature, other humans, and spirits. Lessons on how to live, of growing up, marrying, parenting, and growing old sometimes emerge straightforwardly in these stories, but more often, readers are left to draw their own conclusions.

These stories, collected by Teresa Pijoan since she was eight years old, actually came from many different storytellers, some of them childhood friends of the author. She had heard several versions of each story before writing it down and she often used elements from one version to fill in the parts missing from other versions. She then showed her drafts of each story to members of several different pueblos and weighed their comments before putting each story in its present form. Ms. Pijoan grew up on the San Juan Pueblo reservation and the Nambe Indian reservation in New Mexico, even though she herself is not Native American. But her early experiences and bicultural background instilled in her a deep respect for and an understanding of pueblo life.

She is also the author of DEAD KACHINA MAN and WAYS OF INDIAN WISDOM, both published by Sunstone Press.

Includes Glossary.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-319-1
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READiscover NEW MEXICO
A Tri-Lingual Adventure in Literacy
By Kathy Barco with design and Illustrations by Mike Jaynes

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Tag along with Rosita the Roadrunner on her journey to learn about the Land of Enchantment. On the trail, meet Roja & Verde (the Chile Twins), Biscochita (a Smart Cookie), Piñon Jay, Dusty the Tumbleweed, and a town full of prairie dogs who love to read.

READiscover New Mexico, a recent theme for the Statewide Summer Reading Program sponsored by the New Mexico State Library, encourages the discovery of the vast cultural, natural, historical, and literary treasures found in our beautiful state. Children, adults and families experience some of these for the very first time by visiting Rosita's ultimate source for information: the library. Featured is a literal example of "poetic license," with an introduction by "Tag" the license plate.

Join the fun! Children will love coloring the cast of characters and sharing the adventure with their families. Among many classroom uses, teachers can present the fun story as a bi- or tri-lingual playlet. Enrichment material includes a compilation of the programs, activities, crafts, song parodies, celebrations, and bibliographies devised by the children’s librarians who brought READiscover New Mexico to life in public libraries throughout the state. Also featured are riddles, New Mexico trivia, relevant websites, an extensive booklist, several recipes for Biscochitos, instructions for making Star-O-Litos, and a large collection of reproducible artwork.

Rosita's Ramble is presented in English, Spanish, and Navajo.

Welcome! ¡Bienvenidos! Yá'át'ééh!

Author KATHY BARCO was Youth Services Coordinator at the New Mexico State Library from 2001-2006. Currently a children’s librarian with the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Public Library, she received the 2006 Leadership Award from the New Mexico Library Association. She is co-author (with Valerie Nye) of Breakfast Santa Fe Style – A Dining Guide to Fancy, Funky and Family Friendly Restaurants. Designer/Illustrator MIKE JAYNES, a Seattle-based graphic artist, has designed and illustrated six summer reading programs for the New Mexico State Library. Both Kathy and Mike grew up in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

Royalties from the sale of this publication will go to the New Mexico State Library Fund at the New Mexico Community Foundation.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-544-7
188 pp.,$24.95


SEVEN CAROLS, SEVEN GIFTS
Christmas Stories for All Ages
By Drew Bacigalupa

"It would be a mistake to assume that these stories should be read only in December, for their message transcends the seasons." They..."touch the human and divine in all of us." SOUTHWEST BOOKVIEWS

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Collected for the first time, these prize-winning Christmas tales (carols) of Drew Bacigalupa range in time and place from mid-20th century to the new millennium, from remote mountain villages in New Mexico to the sophisticated neighborhoods of Rome, from children in country fields or on city streets to young soldiers at combat areas, to parents and grandparents at home or abroad. Whether in the United States, Mexico, England, France or Italy, the diverse peoples of these brief but luminous stories share the joy--and sometimes apprehension--we’ve all known as winter solstice heralds the approach of Christmas. Uniting all is the theme of renewal, the promise of longer days and return of the sun, and our uniquely individual gifts which brighten The Child in each of us.

The illustrations are from original works by Bacigalupa--his paintings, drawings, ceramics and sculptures, testament to the artist/writer’s work in many media, his conviction that all the arts are essentially communication. Heavily influenced by Renaissance Man following graduate studies at L’Accademia di Belli Arti in Florence, he frequently refers to the journals and poems of sculptor/painter Michelangelo and the notebooks and dissertations of painter/sculptor/inventor Leonardo as examples of men who employed whatever medium was best suited to communicate differing concepts demanding expression.

Though a resident of Santa Fe since 1954 and one who loves the American Southwest, Drew Bacigalupa is an inveterate traveler whose works have doggedly resisted regionalism. His published books include the World War II novel And Come to Dust, set in Belgium and Germany; Since My Last Confession, a spiritual journey and love story which follows the protagonist throughout the U.S. and across Europe; Journal of an Itinerant Artist, essays which roam the globe and embrace peoples of ethnic diversity. His stories, features and articles have appeared in numerous national newspapers and periodicals in this country and--in translation--in Italy. He first gained encouragement as a writer at the age of ten by winning a prize with an adventure story submitted to a writing contest in his hometown’s newspaper The Baltimore Sun.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-368-9
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SPIDERWOMAN'S DREAM
American Indian Legends
By Alicia Otis

Illustrated by the author. A TRIBUTE TO THE NATIVE AMERICAN TRADITION

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Using traditional characters from Southwestern Indian mythology, Alicia Otis has written original poetic interpretations for our modern times. Spiderwoman, Crow-mother and Coyote are reincarnated in contemporary language and settings. These new myths have also been illustrated in unique and creative drawings by the author.

Alicia Otis was first exposed to Southwestern Native American culture by her grandfather who had an extensive collection of Indian artifacts. She soon was able to acquire first-hand knowledge of Indian mythology, lore and customs when her family moved to the Southwest. Later she spent summers in the area.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-099-2
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TALKS ALL DAY HAS THE COURAGE TO SPEAK
Mimbres Children Learn Citizenship
By Carilyn Rae Alarid and Marilyn Fae Markel

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This exciting story introduces the use of the Native American "talking stick" and the "lightening stick" through the unique, black and white painted pottery images used by the Mimbres Indians of southwest New Mexico.

The story centers on five Mimbres children who empower themselves to become active, contributing citizens of their village. Their life experiences teach them courage, empathy, tolerance and determination on their journey toward adulthood. The children are brought to life through the illustrated scenes of everyday activity as depicted on the pottery bowls by Mimbres artists of a thousand years ago.

This book, focusing on the theme of citizenship, is the second in a series to help children learn how to develop good character traits. Teachers, librarians and children of all ages will enjoy this pictorial narrative.

Twin sisters CARILYN ALARID and MARILYN MARKEL are dedicated to helping children learn how to have respect for the individual and cultural differences of all people. With a Master’s degree in Special Education and pursuing a Master’s degree in History respectively, Carilyn synthesizes classroom instruction to emphasize the importance of character development and Marilyn teaches about the increasing need to preserve our archaeological treasures. Born and raised in New Mexico, these sisters have the utmost respect for native cultures both past and present. Their first book in the “talking stick” series, Old Grandfather Teaches a Lesson, was also published by Sunstone Press.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-470-9
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WATER STORIES OF NATIVE AMERICAN AND ASIAN INDIANS
Legends of Rain, Rivers and Lakes
By Teresa Pijoan, PhD and Arun Chintaman Prabhune, PhD

The water legends in this book are from nomadic and settled groups of Native American and Asian Indians of rural India and have marked similarities. There are stories with local mythological and legendary themes covering historical as well as relatively recent periods. Each story highlights man’s life-threatening struggle with nature and, in particular, the water element. Readers will enjoy the similar stories and cultural references of two different native peoples and learn the different types of characters, personalities, traditional dresses, traditional foods, emotions, wishes, views, moral values, rituals, faiths, and beliefs from these two cultures. Everyone has their own legends and myths that help create an awareness of their own purpose, their own life and their personal character. These are stories for all ages to explore, believe and experience.

Teresa Pijoan, PhD, was born in Española, New Mexico, and grew up in Indian communities where she learned the ways and legends of the Native People. Her father was a public health doctor from Barcelona, Spain and her mother was a school teacher from New York. Her grandfather was the famous Spanish author, Jose Pijoan. Teresa Pijoan is a lecturer, storyteller, research writer, and teacher. She has shared her storytelling throughout Central Europe, Mexico, and the United States. She feels myths are “magic lenses” through which cultures can be viewed, understood, and deeply appreciated. Other books by Teresa Pijoan are Dead Kachina Man, American Indian Creation Myths, Native American Creation Stories of Family and Friendship, Granger’s Threat, Healers on the Mountain, Pueblo Indian Wisdom, Myths of Magical Native American Women Including Salt Woman Stories and Ways of Indian Magic, all from Sunstone Press.

Arun Chintaman Prabhune,PhD, was born in Maharashtra, India. Prabhune was inspired by history, mythology, and cultural study because of his father, a doctor who cared for rural people on horseback. He was professor of Marathi literature in Maharashtra and has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University. He is also a researcher, critic, writer, and a student of comparative folk literature, theatre and drama. Prabhune has published many Marathi language books in India, most recently Kitab-e-Navras. His books Mythological Marathi Drama: New Interpretations and Bear Folktales of American Indians have received awards from the state government of Maharashtra. Prabhune is an advisor to the prestigious Marathi literary periodical Akshar Wangmay and was a member of the editorial board of the Marathi literary periodical Pratishthan for two and half decades and the editor of Marathi literary periodical Akshar Yatra. He has published critical articles on comparative folk literature and drama literature.


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ISBN: 978-1-63293-297-6
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WAYS OF INDIAN MAGIC
Indian Legends from the Tewa
By Teresa VanEtten Pijoan

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Pueblo Indian legends translated from the Tewa. Based on first-hand experience and research. Praised by reviewers and readers for its authenticity. Illustrated with drawings that set the tone for each story.

BOOKLIST reports: "This addition to an excellent series of books about Native American Culture and people presents new renderings of traditional Indian folktales.... These stories of imagination, of creativity, and of morality will strike a deep and resonant chord within readers of folktales and Native American legendry."

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY said: "An old pueblo woman's daily visit to (Pijoan's) store to tell these tales provides a comfortable narrative framework, and the translations read flawlessly."

Teresa Pijoan is also the author of several other Sunstone Press books: AMERICAN INDIAN CREATION MYTHS, PUEBLO INDIAN WISDOM, and DEAD KACHINA MAN, a mystery.

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WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BILLY THE KID
Did He Really Die? Maybe Not!
By Helen L. Airy

Many Historic Photographs

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It’s possible that Billy the Kid escaped the gunfire from Pat Garrett’s pistol. And, under the name of John Miller, he could have lived the rest of his life as a cattle rancher and horse breeder in the Zuni mountains of Western New Mexico, and as a farm worker in Buckeye, Arizona. His adopted son, Max Miller, said so. So do most of the Indians and the Mormon pioneers who knew John Miller. Could this be? Our book presents some convincing evidence. You decide.

Helen Airy graduated from Yreka High School, Siskiyon County, California, and the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in English literature. She was a columnist for the "San Francisco Examiner" for five years until the outbreak of World War II when she joined the American Red Cross in December, 1942, and was sent to England. She served as an aero club director on a B-26 bomber base at Rougham, in East Anglia, and later as a London-based reporter writing about the American Red Cross. She is the author of "Doughnut Dollies, American Red Cross Girls During World War II," also published by Sunstone Press.

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-185-2
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