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Old New Mexico (1940)

The MGM short, part of James A. Fitzpatrick's Traveltalks series, takes the viewers on a tour of old New Mexico. Starting in Santa Fe, the oldest State capitol in the USA, the city existed ... See full summary »
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The MGM short, part of James A. Fitzpatrick's Traveltalks series, takes the viewers on a tour of old New Mexico. Starting in Santa Fe, the oldest State capitol in the USA, the city existed long before European migration. It's unique architecture is its most prominent feature. There are several archaeological sites trying to date when Indian first settled in the area. Seven percent of the population are of Indian origin. Near Taos is the onetime home of Kit Carson whose grave is one of the sacred shrines of New Mexico. The Navajo live on their 14 million acre reservation and continue their traditional way of life. Written by garykmcd

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26 October 1940 (USA)  »

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(RCA Recording)

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TravelTalks
13 May 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Old New Mexico (1940)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Another entry in James A. FitzPatrick's TravelTalks series, this one taking a trip to New Mexico where we start off in Santa Fe, the oldest capital in the U.S.. We learn how Indians were pretty much the founders of the land and see various other sites including famous churches, various ruins and prehistoric cities. As is to be expected, we get a lot of nice visuals in this episode, which once again features terrific sites via the Technicolor. This episode also features a lot of time talking about how the state is still populated by Indians (7% according to FitzPatrick) and how they are now adapting to today's times. We also get some interesting stories about their past and how they helped shape the state. Considering how many Westerns were showing Indians, all of this talk comes off rather refreshing.


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