Sage to Meadow Shalakos and a little more news

Shalakos and Mudheads, Pop Chalee, Taos Pueblo, Ca. 1930. Exhibit at Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, New Mexico. Photo by Jack Matthews.

Pop Chalee’s Shalakos and Mudheads is a large painting, about eight feet in length. I saw this painting a few months ago. I’m not for sure it is still on exhibit. You need to email or call to find out if it is still displayed. I am currently in Taos and may go to the museum today.

I retired from teaching in 2015 at Cisco College. I had been teaching college students since 1965, starting as graduate assistant at Texas A&M.

Currently, I am conducting research and writing historical monographs relating to acequias and Old Spanish metrics of measurement in the 16th and 17th centuries as applied to explorations in New Mexico.

I am also writing fiction and have an accumulation of finished short stories as well as some longer pieces.

I spend a lot of time writing and conducting research in Fort Worth, Texas, and Taos, New Mexico.

When I can I will post photographs and posts on Sage to Meadow.

Several ceremonies are scheduled at Taos Pueblo over the next few weeks. Consult their website for more information.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!



Filed under Acequias New Mexico, Christmas, Dancing, Life in Balance, New Mexico, Taos

7 responses to “Sage to Meadow Shalakos and a little more news

  1. Donnie RENO

    Merry Christmas to you and yours as well


  2. Gwen Hall

    Thank you for your posts. I appreciate receiving them. Merry Christmas!

  3. It’s always a delight to see a bulletin from you. That research sounds interesting and engaging; what better way for a historian to pass the time?
    Best wishes for a joyous holiday season and a satisfying new year. As my great-aunt Rilla was wont to say, “Tempus fidgets!” So it does: make the best of each day.

  4. Jack, I’ve purchased three wonderful books from Copano Bay Publishing. They’re dedicated to bringing back out-of-print books on Texas history. They also do maps and such, and the quality’s superb. When I saw this imaginative poster, I thought of you immediately, since the Taos/Texas connection’s so dear to you.

  5. Linda, what an imaginative poster–yes. Thank you for referring it to me. When I used to lecture on the Compromise of 1850, I would mention that Texas gave up ski valleys in New Mexico, but I never followed the map up into Colorado to ski places. Thank you for thinking of me. I just got back from Taos last Wednesday and then it snowed like crazy up there and still is coming down. I don’t ski anymore, but I love to be up at the Bavarian Inn looking at others ski while I have a glass or two of German beer.

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