Once upon a time in the Mora Valley of northern New Mexico there lived a farmer named Ponciano Gutierrez. On a trip through the mountains he was taken captive by Vicente Silva and his gang of bank robbers. This tale of Ponciano's quick-witted escape has been a bedtime story for generations in the Paiz family.
New Mexico authors at the turn of the last century published many accounts of the crimes of Vicente Silva. This book is the first to present a Silva legend that has been kept alive by families in Mora since the 1890s. The Paiz family version is presented in English with a Spanish translation by A. Gabriel Melendez.
A. Gabriel Melendez, professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico, is the author of The Biography of Casimiro Barela and many other books. He is also the coeditor of Santa Fe Nativa (UNM Press). Amy Cordova of Taos, New Mexico, is co-owner of Enger-Cordova Fine Art. She has illustrated many children's books, including The Santero's Miracle and The First Tortilla, and teaches art to elementary school children at the Yaxche Learning Center.