Take a trip through a thousand years of the American West, from Anasazi Indians to the Atomic Age. Like the Indians and cowboys, the trappers and traders, we'll sing as we go because their songs tell a big part of the story. We'll visit the ancient ones, whose lives we can envision in places like Chaco Canyon. We'll see Coronado, with his padres and conquistadors, searching for the Seven Cities of Cibola. Lewis and Clark, guided by the Shoshone girl Sacagawea. The Alamo, Santa Fe Trail, and the forty-niners followed by thousands of settlers. We'll saddle up and ride through the cowboy era, and meet characters like Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Calamity Jane, Wild Bill Hickok, Geronimo, Billy the Kid, Buffalo Bill, Jesse James. And we'll ponder how atomic power, developed in our West, changed the world and often leads to a longing for a more innocent time. A longing that causes many of us to turn our faces to the West.
Ralph Estes is a troubadour singing and telling stories of the West. He is a member of the Western Music Association, Wild West History Association, and Western Writers of America; and he runs the Corrales Campfires series of house concerts.
NOTE: The Amphitheater is located 100 yards west of the Visitor Information Center parking lot. Attendees must be able to walk 100 yards on the sidewalk path then down concrete steps in order to access the amphitheater. The amphitheater offers concrete benches for seating. You are welcome to bring a seat cushion and/or your own chair. You are welcome to bring your own non-alcoholic beverages. *Please note: The amphitheater is wheelchair accessible.
This performance was made possible by New Mexico Humanities Council, which is supported by grants from National Endowment for the Humanities.