The rich culture and diversity of the High Road is part of the magic of this beautiful land and its people. Here is some information and links to find out more about the art, people and history.
New Mexico Art
The Collector's Guide—guide for collectors to artists and galleries throughout Northern New Mexico (not just in Santa Fe)
Santos and Santeros
Santos of New Mexico: A Four-Hundred-Year Tradition by Barbe Awalt and Paul Rhetts for The Collector's Guide
Visit the Woodcarvers: Artisans along the High Road to Taos Keep Spanish Traditions Alive—article for Sunset magazine
The Art of the Image Maker in New Mexico, text and images from The Wood Carvers of Córdova, New Mexico by Charles L. Briggs, Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press
High-Road-Artist.com - An artists' blog, a source of inspiration for artists, art lovers, and anyone seeking to find spiritual, personal, or artistic growth in their life.
Northern New Mexico Archive of Mountain Village Culture—information on folk arts & people of the High Road
Southwest Crossroads—This wonderful site has lots of primary source material and articles on every aspect of New Mexico culture, including poems, songs, stories, journals, chronicles, Hispanic and native culture, photos, and more.
Agriculture and Acequias
New Mexico Acequia Association has lots of information and even radio programs on the role of acequias (historic irrigation ditches) and water in the culture and history of Northern New Mexico
Native Hispanic Institute—home of the Chimayó Chile Project
Penitentes (New Mexico)—from Wikipedia
Penitentes—a "spotlight" article from Southwest Crossroads, a website full of information about the cultures and histories of the Southwest.
En Divina Luz: The Penitente Moradas of New Mexico by Michael Wallis (an excerpt from his book by the same name, with quotes from actual penitentes).
Calendar of Pueblo Indian Events from The Collector's Guide
Visiting Santa Fe—Things to Do: Eight Northern Indian Pueblos from the Santa Fe Tourist Information Bureau
Tewa Women United—an organization that promotes native culture and works to end violence.
Books & other Reading
Gaucho Blue Gallery’s list:
“Along the High Road (A Guide to New Mexico’s High Road to Taos)” - Margaret Nava – Sunstone Press
“High Road to Taos” - Mike Butler – Arcadia Publishing
“The High Road to Taos” – Frantz Laurie – New Mexico Tourism
“Historic New Mexico Churches” – Annie Lux, photos by Daniel Nadelbach - Gibbs Smith
“A Sense of Mission: Historic Churches of the Southwest” – Thomas A. Drain photos David Wakely – Chronicle Books
“Built Of Earth & Sky: Churches of Northern New Mexico” – Marie Romero, photos Jack Parsons – Red Crane Books
“We Fed Them Cactus” – Fabiola Cabeza de Baca –University of New Mexico (UNM) Press
“Mayordomo (Chronicle of an Acequia in Northern New Mexico) - Stanley Crawford - UNM Press
“Garlic Testament: Season On A Small New Mexico Farm” - Stanley Crawford - UNM Press
“Song of the Flute Player (Seasons of Life in the Southwest)”- Sharman Apt Russell – Addison Wesley
“Acequia Culture (Water, Land, & Community in the Southwest)” - Jose A. Rivera - UNM Press
“Acequia: Water Sharing, Sanctity, and Place” – Sylvia Rodriguez – A School for Advanced Research Press
“Enchantment and Exploitation (The Life & Times of a New Mexico Mountain Range)” – William de Buys - UNM Press
“A River of Traps (A Village Life)” – William de Buys & Alex Harris – In association with the Centre for Documentary Studies at Duke University
“Maxwell Land Grant" (Facsimile of 1942 Edition) – William A. Kelcher – Sunstone Press
“Spanish & Mexican Land Grants & The Law" – Edited by Malcolm Ebright – Sunflower University Press
“Cidermaster of Rio Oscuro” – Harvey Frauenglass – University of Utah Press
“Old Spanish Trail North Branch and its Travellers” – Ron Kessler – Sunstone Press
“Roots of Resistance (A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico)" – Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz University of Oklahoma Press
“Talking Ground” – Douglas Preston – UNM Press
“Cabeza de Vaca’s Adventures in the Unknown Interior of America" - Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca - UNM Press
“The Preservation of the Village: New Mexico’s Hispanics and the New Deal" – Suzanne Forrest – UNM Press
“The Contested Homeland (A Chicano History of New Mexico)” – edited by Gonzales-Berry & Maciel – UNM Press
“Mornings In New Mexico” – D.H. Lawrence – Freedonia Books
A New Mexico Trilogy: “Milagro Beanfield War”, “The Magic Journey”, “The Nirvana Blues” – John Nichols - Ballantine Books
A New Mexico Memoir Series: “If Mountains Die”, “The Last Beautiful Days of Autumn”, “On The Mesa” – John Nichols -?
“The Great Southwest: The Story of a Land and Its People” – Elna S Bakker, Richard G Lillard – Literary Licensing
“New Mexico Genetic Genealogy” (validating and comparing New Mexico genealogical lineages with DNA via the NM DNA Project) – Miguel A. Torrez - nmgeneticgenealogy.wordpress.com
"New Mexico Place Names - A Geographical Description" – Edited by T.M. Pearce, Published by New Mexico Paperbacks
"Historical Atlas of New Mexico" – Warren A. Beck - University of Oklahoma Press
"Captives & Cousins" – James F Brooks - The University of North Carolina Press
"Rio Arriba: A New Mexico County" compiled and edited by Robert J. Torrez & Robert Trapp - Rio Grande Books
"The Comanche Empire" – Pekka Hamalainen - Published by Yale University Press
Frank Waters: Book of The Hopi, The Man Who Killed The Deer, Masked Gods, Brave Are My People, and more…
“The Plaza del Cerro in Chimayo: Settlement and Function”
“Ancient Traditions Keep Desert Waters Flowing”
“Picuris Pueblo Photo Gallery”
- Something from Mesdames Carton (Chamisal):
"The Place Names of New Mexico" – Robert Julyan - University of New Mexico Press
"Historic Churches of New Mexico Today" – Frank Graziano - Oxford University Press
El Milagro del Santo Niño [The Miracle of the Santo Niño] by Edumenio "Ed" Lovato. There are many more stories at this website.
Michael Hearne composer of song on the "High Road to Taos."
Introduction to New Mexican Cuisine from Wikipedia, with definitions of all the New Mexico food words
Chimayó Chile Project—a project to encourage farmers to grown heirloom Chimayó chile
New Mexico Restaurants—excellent and informative site
Northern New Mexico in Depth: Cuisine—from Frommers