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Gorman, an Arizona Navajo who made his home in Taos for mor e than 3 decades. indd 29 29 2 ART & ARCHITECTURE Nowhere else in the United States are you likely to see such extremes of architectural style as in New Mexico. The state’s distinctive ar chitecture r eflects the div ersity of cultures that have left their imprint on the region. The first people in the ar ea w ere the ancestral Puebloans, the Anasazi, who built stone and mud homes at the bottom of canyons and inside caves. Pueblo–style adobe ar chitecture ev olved and became the basis for traditional N ew M exican homes: sun-dried clay bricks mix ed with grass for str ength, mud-mor tared, and covered with additional pr otective lay ers of mud.
Corralling the r ogue Apaches of southwestern N ew M exico pr esented the territory with its biggest challenge. Led b y chiefs Victorio, Nana, and Geronimo, these bands wreaked havoc on the mining region around S ilver City . E ventually, ho wever, they succumbed, and the capture of Geronimo in 1886 was the final chapter in N ew Mexico’s long history of Indian wars. As the Native American threat decreased, more and more livestock and sheep ranchers established themselv es on the v ast plains east of the Rio G rande, in the S an Juan basin of the nor thwest, and in other equally inviting par ts of the territor y.
Today, the White S ands M issile Range is one of America’s most important 2 A LAND OF ART It’s all in the light—or at least that ’s what many artists claim drew them to New Mexico. I n tr uth, the light is only par t of the attraction: Nature in this part of the country, with its awe-inspiring thunderheads, endless expanse of blue skies, and r ugged desert, is itself a canv as. To r ecord the wonders of earth and sky , the early nativ es of the ar ea, the ancestral P uebloans, imprinted images (in the form of petroglyphs and pictographs) on the sides of caves and on stones, as well as on the sides of pots they shaped fr om clay dug in the hills.