True Westerners
Sacred Ground

Sacred Ground

Ernest Marquez can remember back eight decades of joyfully playing in his family’s cemetery. “I remember looking at the old wooden statue of San...

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Lynda A. Sanchez

Lynda A. Sanchez

  The Lincoln County War comes alive at Fort Stanton through the ghosts that roam the nearby hills and the buildings on the parade ground. The...

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Caleb Fox

Caleb Fox

"Redskin on one side of the mountain, redskin on the other" is what my aunts told me when I was a teen. My Cherokee family came to Arkansas on what...

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Gary Ernest Smith

Gary Ernest Smith

I grew up on a ranch in northeastern Oregon. Each season brought with it its designated work responsibilities. The work seemed endless. As a boy, it...

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The Apache Cupid

The Apache Cupid

It sounds so romantic: An Apache violin is meant to lure a young woman to the young man playing it. This courtship tool, most effective in the...

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R.W. Hampton

R.W. Hampton

I will always be a cowboy at heart. I worked hard to “earn my spurs”; I feel proud knowing that I rode with that special tribe, and they called me...

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Ken Spurgeon

Ken Spurgeon

William Quantrill makes me angry and curious. A part of me roots against him and wishes for his demise. Another part of me is incredibly curious as...

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Vince Murray

Vince Murray

The problem with Arizona is most of the people who live here are from somewhere else. They don’t feel connected to the place and compare what we...

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