Forrest Wins New Mexico Award…

Last week Forrest was invited up to the Governor’s mansion to be honored by the Governor herself for his boundless advancement of the culture of the American West. As you know Forrest has authored several important books on American artists. He has also written extensively on the San Lazaro Pueblo,  Indian Dolls and other fascinating American topics.

At San Lazaro his remarkable findings have illuminated concepts of prehistoric culture and technology previously unknown to modern investigators. Further, he has annually invited kids to visit the pueblo for extended periods of time and allowed them to participate in supervised archeological digs to share in the adventure, fun and mystery of archeology and anthropology (the thrill of the chase). Sounds like great fun doesn’t it? The kids find tools, pots, animal remains, arrowheads, scrapers and prehistoric kitchen appliances like a metate and mano.

Forrest is not only a hider of precious treasure but also an enthusiastic protector and finder of all things historic and prehistoric.

Jeff Witte, the NM Secretary of Agriculture, The Governor, Susana Martinez, Forrest and Max Evans.

I was lucky enough to be in Santa Fe at the time and was invited by Forrest to attend the event. The weather was delightful, the sky was big, and the  wine was plentiful. Everyone was in a partying kind of mood and the relaxed event unfolded seamlessly on the back portico of the mansion overlooking about 180 degrees of beautiful southwest, Pinyon pine horizon.

As I moved close to the podium, I pulled out my camera and filmed Forrest, Max and the officials so you could share in the lovely moment.

You can view video clips from the award ceremony here:

The award is named after Max Evan’s humorous novel about cowboying and ranching called, The Rounders. The book was a best seller and was made into a movie in 1965 with Henry Fonda and Glenn Ford. One year later it was a TV series on CBS starring Ron Hayes and Patrick Wayne (John Wayne’s son). Max Evans was a genuine cowboy in New Mexico and a genuine infantryman in WWII who participated in the invasion of Europe and ended up with a genuine cracked skull the day after D-Day. After the war Max became a cowboy artist and then gave that up for cowboy writing. Prolific is a good adjective for Max. He has around 30 books still in print.

Peggy and Forrest leaving the Governor’s Mansion after the award ceremony.

The event at the Governor’s Mansion hosted about a hundred cowboys and cowgirls dressed as you’d imagine in Sunday best felt hats, dark wool vests, pressed jeans and fancy boots. These colorful ranchers traveled from all over the State to be there. Forrest seemed to know just about all of them. The Governor, Susana Martinez was there as well as Max and Forrest and writer Slim Randles who also received a Rounders Award this year.

The Rounders Award honors Forrest for a lifetime of work that has promoted and enhanced the culture of the American west.


15 thoughts on “Forrest Wins New Mexico Award…

  1. Greetings Dal, That was so dang nice of you to post those videos of Forrest. Your blog’s give a treasure hunter peace of mind. Thanks from me and my son for helping to tune our hunting skills.

    • Hello 23kachinas. Thank you for posting this. I’ll have to go back and listen to it once again. I wonder if Mr. Fenn will publish “Closet Stories of Taos.” I’ve heard him talk about the book in different interviews.

  2. Dal, re your link to video clips above:

    ????? I sure thought I had viewed those previously(mebbe I just dreamed it). 🙂

    At any rate they are not available now. I checked elsewhere and I can’t find them. Could you point me to which aisle I might find them on? Or, possibly restock them here? 🙂


    • Hey Loco,

      I tried it and it worked… lol but I used your posted link; same as above.
      What came up was a brown background and NM symbol and nothing else, untli I click on that and the first video popped up.

    • loco-
      They play for me…but maybe I scare them into playing..
      Try this:
      When you click on the page and it loads up, yell as loud as you can at your monitor, “You better play or I’ll terminate your code!”…
      That should do it…

      Those videos are old flash videos and Chris tells me that a lot of browsers have terminated flash I suppose because it is so vulnerable to security issues…

      Perhaps your browser has terminated flash…

      I’ll see if I moved them to Vimeo…

      By the way…Chris is going to move all the videos to YouTube and relink them in the next week or so and that should help immensely…as well as save me some money for Vimeo Pro fees… 🙂

  3. Congratulations to Mr. Fenn and to those who made the excellent choice to recognize him, well deserved.

  4. Wow, this is so cool! Thanks for posting and sharing Dal, what an amazing event to document. I feel blessed just be part of the chase, much less able to witness the effect it is having on the country. Forrest is a living legend in my eyes and will go down as the maverick that made fairy tales come back to life and pioneering relevant to so many! I’ve found the kid in me again and owe the credit to Forrest and folks like you that have pour so much time and dedication into this adventure and thrill of it all.

    Thank you

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