People of the Valley Author:Frank Waters "People of the Valley" is a moving story of one of the powerful spirits of the Southwest., that almost foreign land within the boundaries of the United States. In this case the spirit is that of the isolated Spanish-speaking peoples who confront a threatening world of change. — These are a valley people living high in the Sangre de Cris... more »to mountains. They are a people of the soil, living a happy life in their peaceful valley -- until the government would change their way of life.
The story is of many people, vivid in their special characters. But the dominant person is Maria de la Valle, the herb-woman. We see her as a young girl, free in her love; then in middle-age, shrewd, irascible, intuitive; and then as an old woman, independent of both state and church, and the leader of her whole community.
Frank Waters has captured with great beauty and understanding a life of the spirit threatened by the chrome-plated age of America.« less