Book, Apache Legends & Lore of Southern New Mexico:|
From the Sacred Mountain
Author: Lynda A. Sanchez
Apache Legends & Lore of Southern New Mexico
Lynda Sánchez, author, historian and retired educator,
has lived close to the Mescalero Apache reservation for more than four decades. Mescalero
has incorporated part of the Lipan, Mescalero and Chiricahua bands into their beautiful mountain
homelands. The author served in the Peace Corps in South America and participated in
archaeological/historical research in the Blue Creek Maya country of Belize, in Mexico and
at Mesa Verde National Park. She also lived in our nation’s capitol for five years where
she worked in the Latino district of Washington D. C and at the historic Ford’s Theater
(where Lincoln was assassinated). Sánchez has written or co-authored five books and more
than 250 articles about the Southwest and Mexico for numerous publications including Arizona
Highways, New Mexico Magazine and other professional Journals.
Author and oral historian Eve Ball was her writing mentor.
She traveled often with Mrs. Ball to meetings, homes and special historical places to learn
firsthand the history of the region, and especially the Apache heritage. Sanchez is also an
advocate for Veterans’ Legacy projects and believes that a society that does not honor and
protect its past has no future.
Apache Legends and Lore is, according to reviews, “a wonderful
account and narrative written in part by a Lipan/Mescalero Apache, Percy Bigmouth. Percy’s mother
was Lipan. His father was a Scout and a tribal police officer during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.
This book describes the importance of storytelling as a vital and vivid tradition in Apache life.
Percy Bigmouth was a prominent oral historian of the Mescalero and Lipan Apaches. He realized in
the early twentieth century that the old ways were waning. He was bothered by the fact that tradition
was being destroyed... “too much of a white people’s way” he noted. Author Sánchez brings to light
these ancient legends and lore of those living in the shadow of Mescalero’s Sacred Mountain.
It also reveals Percy’s understanding of Lipan history and legends as told to him by his mother.
Seventy-five years in the making, this collection and general history is a living tribute to a way
of life nearly lost to history.”
For questions about the book contact author Sánchez at 575 653-4821 or
About the Author as cited from Wild West Magazine by Candy Moulton : A passion for people and places prompted Lynda Sánchez
to join the Peace Corps as a young woman.
She worked in Colombia and explored parts of Belize and Mexico’s Sierra Madre. Returning to Washington, D.C.,
where her father worked for the National Park Service, she participated in a program that helped people in the
Latino district of the city. Sánchez later taught and became an archaeologist, a role that took her to Mesa Verde
National Park to do research. She soon married and had a daughter, but then tragically lost her husband, a wildlife
biologist, when the plane he and three others were using to count bighorn sheep in Canyonlands National Park crashed.
Sánchez took her daughter to Texas [Big Bend] to be with family, and later to Lincoln, N.M., where she again taught and worked
on historic preservation efforts. There she remarried and was soon assisting historian Eve Ball, known for her
writings on the Mescalero and Chiricahua Apaches. Sánchez and Ball became friends and co-writers. They coauthored
Indeh: An Apache Odyssey with contributor Nora Henn. Sánchez also wrote Eve Ball, Woman Among Men: A Photo Essay.
Her latest book is Apache Legends & Lore of Southern New Mexico: From the Sacred Mountain (see review). Earlier
she wrote Fort Stanton, An Illustrated History: Legacy of Honor, Tradition of Healing after working for many
years to preserve that New Mexico post. Sánchez recently spoke to Wild West about her work.