Winter of the Metal People
The Untold Story of
America's First Indian War
Historical Society of New Mexico
book award nominee for 2014
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Read about an Indian war you've never heard of. The historical novel, Winter of the Metal People, is the only book devoted to the Tiguex War (pronounced TEE-wesh). Coronado's expedition and its 2,000 Mexican Indian allies fought the Tiguex War against the Pueblo Indians in 1540-41, mostly between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. It was America's first named Indian war. And this novel is written from the Puebloan point of view instead of the traditional conquistadors' perspective.
Winter of the Metal People follows a young Tiwa Pueblo warrior who reluctantly takes leadership of his people in a time of crisis, overcoming self-doubt to lead Puebloans in successful guerilla warfare against the Spaniards.
It has been published by Sunbury Press, a trade publisher that is selective about the books it accepts. Sunbury Press then edits, designs a cover, prints, and distributes books at no cost to the author.
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History of Santiago Pueblo, which Coronado commandeered for his military headquarters during the Tiguex War. The original Tiwa name was Ghufoor. Spaniards renamed the pueblo as Coofor and as Alcanfor. It has been known as Santiago Pueblo since at least 1602.
Account written in 1539 by Friar Marcos de Niza on the discovery of Cíbola. This report of the exploration by a Franciscan friar and the African explorer Esteban is what led to Coronado's expedition into the present-day American Southwest in 1540.
Excerpts about the Tiguex War (in original Spanish) from Libro Segundo de la Crónica Miscelánea written by Friar Antonio Tello around 1650. Although his account contains errors, Tello's account is nevertheless valuable because he had access to many original documents of the Coronado expedition that are no longer known to exist.
Book cover illustration is by Persingula Tafoya of Kewa Pueblo
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