New Mexico: A Guide for the Eyes

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Visually focused, packed with cultural insight, and sized for portability, Guides for the Eyes celebrate the local traditions and visual vernacular that surrounds us. Operating at the intersection of art and anthropology, each edition in the series explores place through 100 of the most notable features of a region. Vivid photography and informative text provide insight into the significance of each topic, covering regional architecture, design, flora, fauna, food, crafts, folklore, landscape, and other facets of local identity and style. Ranging from the obvious to the obscure, these distinguishing elements define a locale as somewhere as opposed to anywhere.

As one of the most unique and colorful regions of North America, New Mexico is the first subject of the series. Throughout thousands of years, the state s striking landscape has inspired the art, design and traditions of its three dominant cultures: Native American, Hispanic and Anglo/Western. These distinct groups continue to blend and evolve, infusing the rustic land with a compelling vibrancy, unrivaled in its beauty.

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A cultural anthropologist at heart and by trade, Elisa Parhad is passionate about exploring place, space, design, and culture. She was first introduced to New Mexico as a child, when her family moved to Albuquerque from Seattle, Washington. After completing Bachelors degrees in Cultural Anthropology and International Business at the University of Texas at Austin, she spent eight years studying American subcultures and communities to inform marketing messaging and advertising campaigns. She and her husband make their home in Los Angeles, California.

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What a great way to introduce guests to the beauty and allure of this place, as well as serve as a resource for those of us who have lived in and loved New Mexico for many years--a fun and thought provoking read. --Cathy L. Wright, Director of the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History

I highly recommend this 'blue corn, blue door, blue sky' delight, not only as a guide for travelers, but as a book on teachers' desks, here at home and around the world. Somehow this writer takes us across centuries of landscape while leaving that green chile taste on our lips and that vast blue sky in our hearts. --Marth Becktell, Interim Museum Director of Albuquerque's Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Like a secret decoder ring for the state--Parhad's approach is a genius way of sharing New Mexico's unique culture. No guidebook (not even mine) is both so focused and so informed. --Zora O'Neill, Author of Moon New Mexico

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