New Mexico Bibliography

This page includes all of the books, websites, music, and other resources used for the show. When applicable I have added my thoughts on each source.


Pueblo Peoples on the Pajarito Plateau: Archaeology and Efficiency – David E. Stuart

This was a great text for laying out the general trends of the archeological record in one location. It’s good if you’re looking for more information on areas on the Pajarito Plateau like Bandelier National Monument.

Anasazi America: Seventeen Centuries on the Road from Center Place – David E. Stuart

This was a more accessible general archeological history. It’s a little dated, obviously with the title of Anasazi. But it was a good overview of the Puebloans up to around 1500CE.

Prehistory of the Southwest- Linda S. Cordell

If you have a deep interest in the archeological prehistory of the Southwest this was a fantastic text. While a bit dated by now, it had extensive information on demographics, archeological records, and a deep dive into many of the subgroupings that I passed over in the course of writing the show. This one was somewhat technical and definitely more involved than some of the other texts I used to write the prehistory episodes. This text was still being suggested in some of the books I read that were published as recently as 2013.

The Puebloan Society of Chaco Canyon – Paul F. Reed

This book did a decent job looking at just Chaco Canyon. However other books that were more general in their exploration of the pueblos did an equal or better job exploring Chaco Canyon. This book did have a great timeline on the different major early archeological contributions to Chaco Canyon however.

The Mimbres People: Ancient Pueblo Painters of the American Southwest – Steven A. LeBlanc

This was the only good text I could get my hands on for the Mimbres or greater Mogollon as a whole. I liked this one a lot, while mostly focused on archeological preservation and pictures it was a fantastic book.

In Search of the Old Ones: Exploring the Anasazi World of the Southwest – David Roberts

This book was alright. Of the prehistory books I read though, this had the least useful information. This was mostly for a popular audience.

Clovis and Folsom Points: Clovis and Folsom Cultures.

Atlatl: Sarther, Kate. “What’S the Point? Atlatl Loops, the Rarest of the Rare.” Archaeology Southwest, 31 Mar. 2023,

Early Explorers

Adventures in the Unknown Interior of America – Alvar Nunez Cabeza De Vaca edited by Cyclone Covey

No one does a better job of telling the story of Álvar Núñez Cabeza De Vaca than the man himself. This was a fantastic translation that outlines some of the differences between Cabeza De Vaca’s La Relacion and the Joint Report without pulling too far away from the story that was written and reported by this intrepid explorer.


“The Route · Cabeza de Vaca · Cabeza de Vaca.”, Accessed 23 Mar. 2024.

“File:Expedition Cabeza de Vaca Karte.png – Wikipedia.”, 1 Jan. 2008, Accessed 23 Mar. 2024.

Coronado Knight or Pueblos and Plains – Herbert E. Bolton

This book is definitely dated by today’s standards. I know at least some books I used suggested it as recently as 2013. There are problems with how it portrays the expedition and its goals. Overall there are better more modern texts that have been released recently. This one did give me a good amount of the expedition’s documents translated into English.

No Settlement No Conquest: A History of the Coronado Entrada – Richard Flint

Of the two books books I read on the Coronado Entrada for the preparation for this show, I think this was the better of the two. It focuses less on the man himself and more on the reasons certain actions were taken on the expedition. This would be my suggestion for a book to read on Coronado.

The Rediscovery of New Mexico 1580-1594: The Explorations of Chamuscado, Espejo, Castaño de Sosa, Morlete and Leyva de Bonilla and Humaña – George P. Hammond & Agapito Rey

This book was kind of dense. It was mostly translations of every expedition document at the time of publishing. Very useful for laying out the episodes on this show, but unless reading old Spanish documents is your thing, this one is probably not for you.

Early Spanish Colonial

The Last Conquistador Juan De Oñate and the Settling of the Far Southwest – Marc Simmons

I found some problems with how this book portrayed Oñate and some of his actions. Overall it was a good account of the first Spanish colony in New Mexico, with some rough edges.

Pueblos, Spaniards, and the Kingdom of New Mexico – John L. Kessell

This book covered the entire early Spanish Colonial Period, as I’ve dubbed it from roughly 1600 to 1700. Special attention is paid to the Pueblo Revolt and the causes of that event. It does a good job of telling it through stories of those affected by these events.


Doña Tules Santa Fe’s Courtesan and Gambler – Mary J. Straw Cook

I was a little disappointed with the level of detail in this book. Maria Gertrudis Barcelo “Doña Tules” was an impressive woman for her time and while this book covers that, there just wasn’t as much to work with as I would hope. I think that is more a problem about what records are available though rather than a problem with the book itself.

General Histories

New Mexico: Past and Future – Thomas E. Chávez

This was a good general history of New Mexico. It’s rather short so it lacks a lot of the details that other general histories have. This book was more focused to a popular audience.

New Mexico: A History – Joseph P. Sanchez, Robert L. Spude, Author R. Gomez

This book formed the backbone of the timeline that I used when writing and choosing individual topics to talk about for the show. If you’re looking for a general history book on New Mexico, I think this would be a fantastic choice. This is focused towards a more history interested general audience.

Folklore, Religion, and Ghosts

Pueblo Gods and Myths – Hamilton A. Tyler

Very little from this book made it into the podcast as of this initial writing. It was a focus on the evolution of several different puebloan gods and myths across mostly the Hopi, Zuni, and Keres pueblos. It does a good job of the puebloan groups that it covers.

Mysterious New Mexico: Miracles, Magic, and Monsters in the Land of Enchantment – Benjamin Radford

I think that the scientific approach to several stories and mysteries surrounding New Mexico was an interesting choice and not one that I often see employed by such books. It covered some stories I’d heard about before and learned new things, some I hadn’t, and some that I didn’t enjoy. It was a solid title overall though.

Legend and Lore of the Guadalupe Mountains – W.C. Jameson

This title was a little more threadbare with each subject but provided a good overview of some of the folklore from this part of New Mexico.


Historical Atlas of New Mexico – Warren A. Beck, Ynez D. Haase

The biggest benefit I found in this book was the abundance of different maps that were available to reference when needed. Very little from this book made it into the final show.

Outro Music is NeoWestern from Incompetech CC-3


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