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Unbreakable Code

Unbreakable Code

This book portrays the quiet pride of a Navajo code talker as he explains to his grandson how the Navajo language, faith and ingenuity helped win World War II.

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The Pueblo Revolt of 1680 changed the course of history. It was the only war that American Indians ever won against the Europeans.   The Pueblo people rose up to drive the Spanish military, colonists, and Franciscans all the way back to New Spain (today's Mexico).

In this new nonfiction account, Jake Page delves into the events leading up to the revolt, its aftermath, and the lesser-known second revolt. Experience the history, culture, and struggle for religious freedom from the perspective of the Pueblo people.

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During World War II, as the Japanese were breaking American codes as quickly as they could be devised, a small group of Navajo Indian Marines provided their country with its only totally secure cryptogram.

Racruited from the vast reaches of the Navajo reservation in Arizona and New Mexico, from solitary and traditional lives, the young Navajo men who made up the code talkers were present at some of the Pacific Theatre's bloodiest battles.  They spoke to each other in the Navajo language, relaying vital information between the fron lines and headquarters.  their contribution was immeasurable, their bravery unquestionable.

Seventy-five of the surviving Navajo code talkers are included in this book, their faces testaments to long and valiant lives.

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Whispers of the Wolf

Whispers of the Wolf

A young boy named Two Birds had found the abandoned wolf pup in a cave, and they had grown up together side by side. But now the wild wolves were calling, and the young wolf yearned to be free. Would Two Birds release his companion back into the wild? Set around 500 years ago among the Pueblo Indians of the desert Southwest, this heartwarming story teaches us the importance of letting go of our fears.

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Who Pooped on the Colorado Plateau

Who Pooped on the Colorado Plateau

Watch where you step! Sometimes the animals in the Colorado Plateau are hard to find but you can almost always find their poop! Come along with Michael, Emily, and their family as they find poop (scat) and footprints (tracks) and discover which animal made them!

An ideal tool for teaching young children about animal behavior, diet, and scat and tracks identification the perfect companion for in the car or in the field on your next trip to the Colorado Plateau of Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico.

Fun illustrations of the animals and their scat and tracks supplement the charming story, and a quick-reference chart at the back makes field identification a breeze!

For children ages 5 to 8

Colorful illustrations

Scat and track identification chart in the back

Featured animals: desert cottontail, black-tailed jackrabbit, mule deer, porcupine, antelope, ground squirrel, coyote, mountain lion, gray fox, gopher snake, golden eagle

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Wildflowers of Colorado

Wildflowers of Colorado

Learn to identify wildflowers in Colorado with this handy field guide, organized by color.

With this famous field guide by professional nature photographer Don Mammoser and award-winning author and naturalist Stan Tekiela, you can make wildflower identification simple, informative, and productive. There's no need to look through dozens of photos of wildflowers that don't grow in Colorado. Learn about 200 of the most common and important species found in the state. They're organized by color and then by size for ease of use. Fact-filled information contains the particulars that you want to know, while full-page photographs provide the visual detail needed for accurate identification.

Book Features

  • 200 species: Only Colorado wildflowers!
  • Simple color guide: See a purple flower? Go to the purple section
  • Fact-filled information and stunning professional photographs
  • Icons that make visual identification quick and easy
  • Nature Notes, including naturalist tidbits and facts
  • This new edition includes updated photographs, expanded information, and even more expert naturalist insights. Grab Wildflowers of Colorado Field Guide for your next outing--to help you positively identify the wildflowers that you see.

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    Wildflowers of Mesa Verde

    Wildflowers of Mesa Verde

    This book is a visitor's guide to some of the more commonly seen plants of Mesa Verde National Park.  It was inspired by Stephen Wenger's wonderful book, Flowers of Mesa Verde National Park, that was published over thirty years ago by the Mesa Verde Association.  To facilitate identification of the plants, both a close-up of the flower or cone as well as a photo of the entire plant are included for each of the featured wildflowers, tree, shrubs, cacti, and grasses.  Uses by Indians and ecological information have been incorporated into the book.  There is a place at the bottom of each page to record when and where each plant was first seen.  Invasive plants that have created problems in the area are discussed in a special section at the end of the book.

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    Windows of the Past

    Windows of the Past

    Windows of the Past is a stunning collection of nearly 200 photographs from the famous landmarks to the subtlest of intimate details of America's Southwest.  

    Florence C. Lister, whose evocative essay, "The Prehistoric Drama" is included in this title, has been active in Southwestern prehistoric and Spanish colonial archaeology for more than half a century.  A distinguished archaeologist and educator, she has authored many technical reports and books for the general public. 



    Spring has come to the muntains, and the bears have emerged from their winter's sleep -- all but the Great Bear, who sleeps on in his den.
    In the Ute village, a boy called Short Tail worries that the Geat Bear will starve if he doesn't waken. So Short Tail heads off into the mountains to rouse the Great Bear. But on the way to the Great Bear's den, Short Tail too falls asleep, and slips into a magical dream in which the Great Bear teaches him a wornderful secret to share with his people.
    Will Hobbs's lyrical text and Jill Kastner's rich, evoctive oil paintings bring the story of a Native American tradition ot vivid life.

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    zzColoring Book American Indian Paintings

    Coloring Book American Indian Paintings

    Have fun coloring and exploring with twenty-one drawings based on paintings created by Native American artists.  The artwork from the Apache, Hopi, Navajo, and Pueblo tribal artists presented here are both traditional and modern in style.  The artists’ original color paintings are shown as small pictures printed on the inside front and back covers. You can copy their colors or create your own color schemes. The last two pages of the book are blank so you can make pictures of your own. 

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    zzDance Hall of the Dead

    Dance Hall of the Dead

    Don't miss the TV series, Dark Winds, based on the Leaphorn, Chee, & Manuelito novels, now on AMC and AMC+!

    The Edgar-Award winning second novel in New York Times bestselling author Tony Hillerman's bestselling and highly acclaimed Leaphorn and Chee series

    "Hillerman is a wonderful storyteller."--New York Times Book Review

    Two Native American boys have vanished into thin air, leaving a pool of blood behind them. Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Tribal Police has no choice but to suspect the very worst, since the blood that stains the parched New Mexico ground once flowed through the veins of one of the missing, a young Zuñi. But his investigation into a terrible crime is being complicated by an important archaeological dig . . . and a steel hypodermic needle. And the unique laws and sacred religious rites of the Zuñi people are throwing impassable roadblocks in Leaphorn's already twisted path, enabling a craven murderer to elude justice or, worse still, kill again.

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    zzLeaving Mesa Verde

    Leaving Mesa Verde

    It is one of the great mysteries in the archaeology of the Americas: the depopulation of the northern Southwest in the late thirteenth-century AD. Considering the numbers of people affected, the distances moved, the permanence of the departures, the severity of the surrounding conditions, and the human suffering and culture change that accompanied them, the abrupt conclusion to the farming way of life in this region is one of the greatest disruptions in recorded history.

    Emerging from the paleoenvironmental and archaeological investigations of fifteen scientists is a highly pertinent story of conflict and disruption influenced by climate change, environmental degradation, and social rigidity. The overall picture that results from these scientific contributions recognizes an era having witnessed a competition between differing social and economic organizations, in which selective migration was considerably hastened by severe climatic, environmental, and social upheaval.

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    zzListening Woman

    Listening Woman

    Don't miss the TV series, Dark Winds, based on the Leaphorn, Chee, & Manuelito novels, now on AMC and AMC+!

    "Hillerman's mysteries are special . . . Listening Woman is among the best."-- Washington Post

    The third novel in New York Times bestselling author Tony Hillerman's highly acclaimed Leaphorn and Chee series.

    The blind shaman called Listening Woman speaks of witches and restless spirits, of supernatural evil unleashed. But Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Tribal Police is sure the monster who savagely slaughtered an old man and a teenage girl was human.

    Now the solution to a horrific crime is buried somewhere in a dead man's secrets--and in the shocking events of a hundred years past. To ignore the warnings of a venerable seer, however, might be reckless foolishness when Leaphorn's investigation leads him farther away from the comprehensible . . . and closer to the most brutally violent confrontation of his career.

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    zzMarietta Wetherill

    Marietta Wetherill

    First published in 1992 and now available only from the University of New Mexico Press, this is a firsthand account of life at a famous archaeological ruin. Married to Richard Wetherill, the rancher and amateur archaeologist who ran a trading post in Chaco Canyon from 1896 until he was murdered by a Navajo in 1910, Marietta Wetherill got to know her Navajo neighbors as intimately as an Anglo could. While Richard was excavating at Pueblo Bonito, Marietta managed the trading post. She befriended a singer who adopted her into his clan and gave her a close-up view of Navajo medicine and religion.

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    zzPocket Guide Colorado Wildlife

    Pocket Guide Colorado Wildlife

    This is the long, catalog/marketing description of the product.Colorado has a broad assortment of ecosystems, including shortgrass prairie, canyons, riverbeds, sagebrush steppe, and alpine meadows. These support a unique assemblage of wildlife, including iconic species like Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goats, Elk, Pronghorns, Bald Eagles, American Dippers, Mountain Plovers, and Lark Buntings. In total, the Centennial state hosts 14 native mammal species, almost 500 regularly occurring birds, 17 amphibians, and over 50 reptiles. There are also dazzling butterflies like Monarchs, Variegated Fritillaries, and Black Swallowtails. There's lots to learn across Colorado's rugged terrain, and it helps to have a portable reference like Colorado Wildlife to cut through the clutter and get to know the most common and familiar animals. This beautifully illustrated collection features140 species as well as an ecoregion map showing over 20 wildlife-viewing hotspots. Laminated for durability, this 12-panel pocket folding guide is the perfect companion for educators, learners, naturalists, and wildlife enthusiasts who wish to identify and deepen their connection with Colorado's fascinating wildlife. Made in the USA.

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    zzWetherills Friends of Mesa Verde

    Wetherills Friends of Mesa Verde

    Following in the wake of what one noted scientist called 'transients who neither revered nor cared for the ruins as symbols of the past, ' the Wetherill family became the earliest students of Mesa Verde. Their careful excavations and record-keeping helped preserve key information, leading to a deeper understanding of the people who built and occupied the cliff dwellings. As devout Quakers, they felt they were predestined to protect the historic sites from wanton destruction - a role that would not be assumed by the government or other institutions until years later. Based on decades of meticulous research, author Fred Blackburn sets the record straight on these early protectors of Mesa Verde.

    zzWild Plants & Native People

    Wild Plants & Native People

    This book emphasizes prehistoric uses of plants in the Four Corners area, focusing on Mesa Verde National Park, Chaco Canyon, Canyon de Chelly, Aztec Ruins, Hovenweep, and other major sites of the region once occupied by the Navajo, Ute, Paiute, Hopi, and Apache peoples. Dunmire and Tierney are able to eloquently illustrate the importance of the people-plant relationship that has existed throughout the ages among Native peoples and how ancient traditional uses of these plants inform contemporary uses today. Through vignettes of background information drawn from lore and cultural traditions and interviews with tribal elders, Wild Plants and Native Peoples of the Four Corners describes uses for edible, medicinal, and dye plants, as well as plants used for making baskets, tools, and shelters. Complementing these essays are profiles of fifty new trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, and grasses common to traditional Native America.

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