Nov 08, 2014
Author Sherry Robinson will talk about the Lipan Apaches, some of the least known people in the Southwest, during the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum’s monthly Culture Series on Nov. 13.
The presentation begins at 7 p.m. in the museum’s theater and admission is a suggested donation of $2. The program is being sponsored by the New Mexico Humanities Council.
The Lipans were plains buffalo hunters and traders. One of the first groups to acquire horses, they expanded from eastern New Mexico into Texas and Coahuila. For a small group, the Lipans had an outsized impact through three centuries. They were as clever, fearless, and resourceful as the better known Chiricahua Apaches. Their descendents live at the Mescalero Apache Reservation in southeastern New Mexico and in Texas, Oklahoma and Mexico.
Robinson’s book, “I Fought a Good Fight: A History of the Lipan Apaches,” received the Fray Francisco Atanasio Domínguez Award in 2014 from the Historical Society of New Mexico for “an outstanding publication or significant contribution to historic survey and research in New Mexico or Southwest borderlands history.” It was also winner of a 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, first place winner in history with the National Federation of Press Women and a finalist in Women Writing the West WILLA literary Awards for scholarly nonfiction.