New Mexico Native American Lore: Skinwalkers, Kachinas, Spirits and Dark Omens

Arcadia Publishing

The Mysteries of the Mesas

Ancient Indian history and present Native American cultures are woven together in the Land of Enchantment. The threads of these tales stretch back to Mimbres burial grounds and prehistoric trade routes. Stories and traditions tie the land to its people, in spite of the cycles of slaughter and theft that have threatened to tear them apart.  

Descend into the kivas of Chaco Canyon or seek out the high mountains where the clouds mark the stones. From legends of the Salt Woman to the legacy of the Ghost Dance, Ray John de Aragón examines the astounding tapestry of New Mexico’s Native American heritage. 

About the Author: Ray John de Aragón is a recognized ethnohistorian. He has spent years studying the characteristics and origins of New Mexico’s native cultures. As a university student at the University of Albuquerque, the author was very actively involved in social justice issues. He often spoke about Native American and Chicano rights. After graduation, De Aragón worked as an outside advisor to the Multicultural Enrichment program of the university. After many years of research and studies, he decided to reveal hidden truths and legends to the world about the celebrated Indian tribes of New Mexico. 

About Arcadia Publishing: As the nation’s leading publisher of books of local history and local interest, Arcadia’s mission is to connect people with their past, with their communities and with one another. Arcadia is the home of unique hyper-local histories of countless hometowns across all fifty states, as well as books on local food, beer and wine; and stories of famous hauntings, all one American city and town at a time. Arcadia has an extraordinary catalog of 17,000 local titles and publishes 500 new books each year. Arcadia counts among its imprints Pelican Publishing, a 100-year old independent press based in New Orleans, and the critically acclaimed Wildsam Publishing, publisher of highly curated travel literature and guides. Using its proprietary Store Match system, Arcadia can create a highly customized hyper-local book assortment for any storefront in the nation. 


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