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RITA TODACHEENE, RAISED IN TOHATCHI, is a forensic photographer working for the Albuquerque police. She also sees dead people. Both skills come in handy when she’s called to the scene of a grisly…

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Discover a Santo Wonderland

SEPARATED FROM THEIR NEAREST SUPPLY points in Mexico, Spanish colonial–era artists in New Mexico made do with the materials they found here. Cottonwood branches and roots became bultos, or statues…

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The Life and Art of Gary Niblett

GLOSSY NEW MEXICO LIGHT SHINES through sprawling bay windows at artist Gary Niblett’s home, in the northern foothills of Santa Fe. His American West oil paintings in gilded frames fill the space. His…

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Become a Jewelry Rock Star

BEHIND A STRIP-MALL DOOR, A SMALL brigade of makers has blowtorches blazing, tiny hammers swinging, and buffing stones whirling. At Albuquerque Silver & Stone Academy, beginners and pros alike learn…

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Try Your Hand at Jewelry Making

Decide what you want to make. Then find who teaches it. Albuquerque’s Meltdown Studio offers specialized classes in specific styles of jewelry, including corset and spinner rings, cuff bracelets, and…

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Earn Your Spurs in Silversmithing

OUT WHERE THE HIGH PLAINS meet Route 66, people from all over the world are drawn to the Cowboy Arts/Western Silversmithing associate’s degree program at Mesalands Community College, in Tucumcari…

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Piecing Together Mimbres History

THE COW PASTURE’S RAIN-DAMPENED soil bucks and falls in irregular patterns, evidence of past archaeological digs on the NAN Ranch, near Silver City. Chest-high sacaton grass, interspersed with native…

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