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by Robert Coles

  • ISBN: 0967952719
  • Category: Social Sciences
  • Subcategory: Politics
  • Author: Robert Coles
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Walker Publishers; Revised edition (September 28, 2007)
  • Pages: 100
  • ePub book: 1524 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1131 kb
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  • Rating: 4.4
  • Votes: 930


Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 1973

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Start by marking The Old Ones of New Mexico as Want to Read . This book was an excellent example of what I would call a definition of my culture.

Start by marking The Old Ones of New Mexico as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. It describes the simplicity and unexplainable virtues that have allowed generations of New Mexicans to hold on to a traditions in a world that makes it difficult. It is also a good example for humanity to live by, describing how many cultures have probably evolved. It brings pride yet in healthy humble way.

in the Spanish-speaking communities of New Mexico.

Dr Robert Coles, Alex Harris. These narratives by storytellers in New Mexico examine life’s big questions of what truly matters and why. The timeless wisdom and contemplations of these “old ones” will resonate with those studying literature, philosophy, or religion, as well as anyone who enjoys explorations of the human spirit.

The old ones of New Mexico: ISBN 9780826303011 (978-0-8263-0301-1) Hardcover, University of New Mexico Press, 1973

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The Old Ones of New Mexico. These villages represent the oldest non-Native communities in the US. For those who may never have the privilege of entering these spare homes, Alex has brought us inside and provided us both soulful and intimate portraits. Enchantment and Exploitation: The Life and Hard Times of a New Mexico Mountain Range. One person found this helpful.

Free fulltext PDF articles from hundreds of disciplines, all in one place. Coles: The Old Ones of New Mexico. Studies in Visual Communication, Dec 1975.

America, New Mexico is a book about land, sky, and hope by a writer whose passion and inspiring prose invite us to see the promise and possibilities of reconnecting with the natural world. It is unflinching in its depiction of the adversities facing New Mexicans and indeed all Americans.

Robert Coles (born October 12, 1929) is an American author, child psychiatrist, and professor emeritus at Harvard University

Robert Coles (born October 12, 1929) is an American author, child psychiatrist, and professor emeritus at Harvard University. Born Martin Robert Coles in Boston, Massachusetts on October 12, 1929, to Philip Coles, an immigrant from Leeds, England, United Kingdom, and Sandra Young Coles, originally from Sioux City, Iowa.

These narratives by storytellers in New Mexico examine life’s big questions of what truly matters and why. The timeless wisdom and contemplations of these “old ones” will resonate with those studying literature, philosophy, or religion, as well as anyone who enjoys explorations of the human spirit.


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I recently read and reviewed William DeBuys "River of Traps", which I gave "6-stars" to, my own scale for rating especially good books. From DeBuys work, I learn that he, along with photographer Alex Harris, initially came to northern New Mexico, in the early `70's, in order to do research work for Robert Coles, a Harvard Professor, who was working on "Children of Crisis" which would win the Pulitzer Prize. Like numerous others, they became "enchanted" with the "Land of Enchantment" and decided to stay. As an aside, they mention the "push" of fleeing "Nixon and the Vietnam War." A motivation that resonated with me.

Amazon, as we know, will suggest other books that might relate to one that has been purchased. And so it suggested this book to me, and I was stunned to find no other reviews of it. Harris's pictures (which I appreciated from "River of Traps" coupled with text from Robert Coles.) I had to hit the "Purchase" button.

A word of caution: this is a slender volume of 75 pages of text, and approximately 36 pages of black and white photos, one per page. The publisher made the mistake of trying to "fluff out" the offering with FIVE introductions and prefaces. I found them a real "turn off," so much so that I considered not finishing the work, something I rarely do. Consider Coles over-the-top "homage to the noble savage" from his 1984 preface: "These are people whose rough, worn, unadorned features become, collectively, a thickly textured landscape all its own: faces of honor and reverence and loving kindness and apprehension and, finally, grace earned, grace visible." Clearing that "low bar," at least the preface by Alex Harris was much better.

Fortunately I persevered. Coles admits to "cleaning up the conversation" a bit, with the Norteños that he interviews. But what is rendered appears to be part of their core beliefs and attitudes. Consider this critique of the consumer society: "Buying, that is a sickness. I have gone to the city and watched people. They are hungry, but nothing satisfies their hunger. They come to stores like flies to sticky paper: they are caught. I often wonder who is better off. The fly dies. The people have to pay to get out of the store, but soon they are back again, the same look in their eyes. I don't ask people to live on farms and make chairs and tables; but when I see them buying things they don't need, or even want, except to make a purchase, to get something - then I say there is a sickness."

There are some other insightful sections of the role of the elderly and the Catholic Church in their lives, including some meaningful discussions with a priest. And he also seems to debunk the "noble savage" concept by frankly listing the character deficiencies of some of the residents, starting with "Nor is she saintly..." Furthermore, he is insightful enough to look at his "own tribe" of academics who study others, with their own spirit-draining rituals, clichés, conferences, and notes that no one speaks of "our cultural disadvantages."

More than the text though, it is the photographs of Alex Harris that make this book truly worthwhile. 5-stars.
Dilkree Dilkree
A friend that lives in New Mexico recommended this book for me since I am interested in the early years of history for New Mexico. What a wonderful look into the lives of these noble and hard working individuals that survived with such tenacity and faith. Loved the book.
Urtte Urtte
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Fordrellador Fordrellador
Grate shots of history.
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Perhaps the saddest development in American society over my life span (the past 67 years) has been the shunting aside and sequestration of the elderly. (I too am guilty as regards my relationship with my own parents.) In truth, the elderly have so much wisdom about life to offer.

THE OLD ONES OF NEW MEXICO is a prime example of that. It is a semi-classic book, the centerpiece of which is forty pages of photographs of elderly Hispanos (or Mexican-Americans, or Chicanos, or Norteños, which are just some of the carousel of names that have been in ascendance over the past half century). Bodies may be bowed, faces may be wrinkled, but these are men and women who have lived long and worked hard yet still comport themselves with dignity and grace. And the five profiles that form the principal text of the book (and the only text worth reading) demonstrate that, in addition to dignity and grace, these elderly Hispanos also possess wisdom.

One of the profiles, "Una Anciamas", was published as an article in "The New Yorker" back in 1973. Unusual fare for "The New Yorker", it generated quite a stir. After forty-plus years, it still is worth reading. The subject is Dolores Garcia, from Cordova, New Mexico, a mountain hamlet about a ninety-minute drive north from where I live in Santa Fe. Señora Garcia was then eighty-three, and she had never been to Santa Fe. Was she Chicano, or Mexican American, or Mexicano, or what? "Spanish, we are Spanish. Many of us may have some Indian blood, too. But I will tell you: I am a woman and a mother and Domingo a man and a father, and both of us belong to this country and no other, and we owe allegiance to the state of New Mexico. Should we give ourselves one name or another, or should we get each day's job done?" As for her role in life at age eighty-three, this is what she says:

"I am here to care for my husband, to care for this house, to be here when my sons and my grandchildren come. The young have to see what is ahead. They have to know that there is youth and middle age and old age. My grandson Domingo asked a while ago what it is like to be one hundred. He is ten. I told him to be one hundred is to live ten of his lifetimes. He seemed puzzled, so I knew I had been thoughtless. I took him around. I put my hand besides his and we compared skins. I said it is good to be young and it is good to be old. * * * He [then] said when you're young you have a lot of years before you, but when you're old you have your children and your grandchildren and you love them and you're proud of them. I took him around again and hugged him tightly, and in a second he was out there with his father and his grandfather looking at the cows."

In the other profiles, four other elderly Hispanos from northern New Mexico speak about their lives and what they have learned. When the grandson of one of them, a seventy-nine-year-old, brags that he will go to the university, abuelo comments that although he had had little schooling, he did have a teacher all his life -- necessity. "Enseña mas la necesidad, que un año de universidad." Necessity teaches more than one year of university study.

THE OLD ONES OF NEW MEXICO was originally published in 1984. Two more editions followed, 1989 and 2000 (which is what I have). Each edition was ushered in by one or more introductions by Robert Coles or by photographer Alex Harris. I think you should ignore the assorted introductions; they are too smug, precious, and self-congratulatory (although in the interest of full disclosure I should admit that I am mildly allergic to Robert Coles).

The book is not readily available, but you certainly do not have to pay the outrageously unconscionable prices charged by the Amazon resellers as of the date I am posting this review (between $72 and $200). I bought a new shrink-wrapped copy a couple years ago at the bookstore at St. Johns College here in Santa Fe for $29.95. And the American Book Exchange site currently lists 55 copies (several new) for less money than I paid for mine.
Sha Sha
This book is very helpful in the understanding and feeling of people, as it calls on one's insight as to the culture and aspirations of Northern New Mexico's elders of Spanish decent during the forties and fifties. This is an era which I remember rather vividly having been born and raised Southeastern New Mexico during those times. My personal background and the reading of this book has helped me make a comparison; a comparison which gave me a lasting feeling of pride and respect for the way of life in both cases. The people of the "North" were somewhat isolated from Mexican and Anglo influence than those of the "Southeast" ... consequently, the former seemed more independent and self-assured than the latter which found progressiveness and suppression as major factors leading to more reliance and in many cases somewhat less self-assurance. This is not to say that things are that way now. Currently both parties have in a great sense embraced the American competitive economic way of life. Culture, values, morals and way of life are elements that change, but I find them very similar in both regards... and to those of the Old Ones, for they worked and lived with what they had. The Old Ones Of New Mexico is a valued book.
Gaeuney Gaeuney
Love it. The house where my mother spent her best days as a child and her aunt and uncle are in the book.