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Corrales Historical Society – Speaker Series – “Faraon Apaches: Raiders of the Middle Rio Grande,”
March 24, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Journalist and Author Sherry Robinson will give a fascinating talk on the Faraon Apaches. Perhaps the least known of all the Apache bands, Faraon Apaches were an independent group who would appear in this area later than others. They were close allies of the Lipan Apaches and the southern Apache groups who would later merge as Mescaleros. Initially, Faraons were friendly to the Spanish, whose trade they valued. The Spanish called them Faraons because these Apaches reminded them of Egyptian pharaohs. They were also friends of the Pecos Pueblo people. But the Faraons became more aggressive, attacking Spanish villages in northern New Mexico. The Taos and Picuris pueblos regarded them as thieves. Moving further south, they lived in the Sandia Mountains and harried Rio Grande settlements. Don Diego de Vargas himself died in the Sandias pursuing Faraons.
Sherry Robinson is a long-time New Mexico journalist and the author of three books: I Fought a Good Fight: A History of the Lipan Apaches; Apache Voices; and El Malpais, Mt. Taylor and the Zuni Mountains: A Hiking Guide and History.
I Fought a Good Fight (University of North Texas Press, 2013) received HSNM’s Fray Francisco Atanasio Domínguez Award in 2014. It also won a 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, a first place in nonfiction history from the National Federation of Press Women, and was a finalist for a WILLA Award for scholarly nonfiction from Women Writing the West.
A presentation of the 2019 Corrales Historical Society Speaker Series and sponsored by New Mexico Humanities Council.