Heritage, Volume 8, Number 2, Spring 1990 Page: 26
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The Capture of
Billy the Kid
EditedbyJames H. Earle
Maybe the last firsthand account of the capture of Billy the Kid that will
Cal Polk's version of how he assisted Pat Garrett and his posse in
capturing William H. Bonney has recently been obtained from his
family for inclusion in this book. Louis Bousman's account, another
member of the posse, is given for the first time also.
Other previously published firsthand accounts of this major event--
by Charlie Siringo, Jim East, and Pat Garrett-- are included to provide
a composite view in the words of those who were there and told and
wrote about it.
A must for fans of the documented historical facts surrounding one
of the legendary figures of the Old West, Billy the Kid!
Hardcover with dust jacket, 157 pp., index, photographs, and maps.
Also included is a free copy of a facsimile map of 1881 Fort Sumner, New
Mexico, suitable for framing ........................ $21.95
THE EARLY WEST
Box 9292, Ph. 409-775-6047 EARLY WEST
College Station, TX 77842
J. Walter Fewkes, University of New Mexico
Press. Paper $16.95.
Just last year the New Mexico
legislature passed House Bill 5 7 protecting
human burials on private as well as public
lands. While the law isn't a guarantee
against continued looting, the Dark Ages
of site destruction may be coming to an
Of course, there aren't many sites left
in the country like in the Mimbres River
valley in southwestern New Mexico where
pueblo roomblocks have been churned up
by pothunters for the last century in
search of the elegant pottery left by the
Puebloan farmers of the tenth to the
fourteenth centuries AD.
It's hard not to feel rage when you drive
along the Mimbres River and see bulldozers
crunching human bones.
In the month before House Bill 57 took
effect in June of 1989 the graverobbers
were out en masse, despoiling what they
couldn't steal. Strong words? Perhaps. But
one pothunter around Reserve, New
Mexico, was a minister. Bet he wouldn't
condone digging round his parish
cemetery. Another was a soap star who
bought up land around Apache Creek.
After he gutted all the sites on his land, he
preached archaeological awareness. A little
In any event, since you can't find much
of it anymore in the ground, you might pick
up this reprint by the University of New
Mexico Press. Fewkes was one of the
earliest to document the extraordinary
artistic expression and other material
culture of the Mimbres River Puebloans.
Though the black and white etchings
of the pottery motifs are not as brilliant as
the color photography of J.J. Brody's fine
volume on Mimbres pottery, there is
tremendous diversity represented here.
Anyone with an interest in Southwest
peoples will find pleasure and discovery in
John Peterson is a professional archaeologist who
works in Texas and the Southwest. John is book
review editor for Heritage.
26 HERITAGE * SPRING 1990
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