• Tradiciones – Leyendas 2018

Stories from this issue
Allied Forces land on Attu Island, May 11, 1943    "There was nothing fancy about this meal prepared by sailors in the Holtz Bay on May 19, but the food was hot. Note the ski standing upright in the foreground. Snow can be found year-round on Attu Island." states the original caption.
In this week's paper

Leyendas: The deep breadth of Taos' history

Whether it be an 1865 murder gone unpunished; a young fur trapper captured by Mexican troops, in-prisoned and then banished only to return to New Mexico as a territorial governor; a pair of seemingly out-of-place stone pillars with possible ties to the Knights Templar...
Egg tempera on panel painting of Padre Martínez by Conrad Cooper. Martínez was the spiritual advisor to Los Hermanos Penitentes.
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El Honor de su Patria

Ask an ordinary Catholic around the world to name the first book of the Bible and he’s likely to say, “Genesis; the story of Creation.” Now, ask an ordinary Taoseño to name …
The graves of the "three brujas" as they look today in Kit Carson Memorial Cemetery.
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‘Doomed to an eternity of anonymity’

If only the tombstones at Kit Carson Cemetery could talk, Taos area residents might be able to solve a mystery that has contributed to the collection of local folklore. 
The Taos movie theater on the Plaza saw many movies, cast of regular moviegoers and employees come and go over its lifetime.
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Tales of the Taos Plaza Theatre

Tales of the Taos Plaza Theater is excerpted from “Those Were the Days,” a memoir by Phaedra Greenwood and Jim Levy about life and love in Taos in the 1970s.
Ralph Meyers standing with his horse outside his first shop, the Curio Store, ready to leave on a trip to trade with Plains Indians in 1911.
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‘One of the most eccentric of them all’

The Taos Pueblo Council met to decide what to do with the strange white man who spent so many hours sitting on the bank of the river in their village. What was he doing there? What was he putting on …
"Taking a Break," Taos, circa 1967-1971. The hippies and their free-love and drug-heavy lifestyle was not greeted with open arms.
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¿Paradise lost?

¿Paradise Lost? is an excerpt of an article that first appeared in Hakol, the news magazine of the Taos Jewish Center.
From left, Territorial mountain man and trapper Dick Wootton; entrepreneur, soldier and politician Ceran St. Vrain; and Territorial legislator José Maria Valdez, circa 1865. This image is believed to be the only known photo of St. Vrain, a close associate of Territorial Gov. Charles Bent and frontiersman Kit Carson.
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Black Beard

Northern New Mexico pioneer Ceran St. Vrain was a leader of his time. Those who lived and worked with St. Vrain said he was a kind gentleman, a worthy and intelligent commander — polite but, …
Large kiva, in Chetro Ketl at Chaco Culture National Historic Park.

Sipapú: 'The Place of Emergence'

Many cultures around the world teach stories of creation. These are traditional tales of just how a people came to be formed by the gods.
The old mill in Twining

Northside nirvana

O.E. Pattison left his mark on the Taos Ski Valley long before the first skier arrived. A loop road bears his name. His family still owns more than 1,200 acres in the high country that includes …
Spanish Capt. Juan Bautista de Anza portrait dated 1774. The original painting is attributed to Fray Orci in Mexico City.

Frontier fights

The mid-1700s brought Spain face to face with all the challenges of controlling its frontier empire in the Americas from the natives — especially in Nuevo Mexico. The Pueblo Revolt of 1680 …
Standing at front left is Jack Bidwell who allegedly shot and killed William Fraser standing at center front in black hat.

Gold, copper, land and a bullet: William Fraser, the untold story

Perhaps you’ve heard stories about William Fraser, the legendary early miner and owner of the Fraser Mountain Copper Company in the Taos Ski Valley (TSV) area. Some historical annals report …
Jim Levy and his steed for the day.
Leyendas 2017

A home to return to

The following piece is an excerpt from the chapter “Crack of thunder, first drops of rain” in Jim Levy’s memoir, “Rowdy’s Boy,” about his childhood and adolescence. To get from Los Angeles to Taos, my mother took Route 66, driven in the blazing heat of five summers, 1948-‘52, east in June and back again in August, the first time in a green Hudson when our mother was 40, Bunny was 9, I was 7 and infant Mary.
To the Taos Pueblo community, buffalo are a symbolic and important part of life.
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Big, woolly creatures

Long before people settled North America and centuries before Taos Pueblo had its own herd, millions of bison once roamed the grasslands of the American West.     Weighing up to …
The last known photograph taken of Arthur Manby.
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Taos' unsolved mystery

On July 3, 1929, the bloated, fly- and maggot-infested, headless corpse of 70-year-old Arthur Rochford Manby (allegedly the body of Manby, that is) was discovered by two lawmen on a cot in his …

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