Chautauqua focuses on life of N.M. mountain man

The Daily Times staff
Stephen Dixon brings to life a famed New Mexico mountain man in his Chautauqua 'Tracking and Treking with James Ohio Pattie' this weekend at San Juan College.

FARMINGTON – The hardships and unforeseen dangers of life in early 19th century New Mexico will be portrayed by Stephen Dixon in his “Tracking and Trekking with James Ohio Pattie” Chautauqua this weekend at San Juan College.

Pattie, a Kentucky native who lived from 1804 to 1850, came to New Mexico in the fall of 1824 and embarked on a career as a fur trader, later establishing an overland route from New Mexico to the eastern edge of California south of the Old Spanish Trail. He kept a diary of his adventures as a mountain man who traveled in New Mexico and throughout the Rocky Mountains, a work that eventually was published in 1831 as “The Personal Narrative of James Ohio Pattie.” The book remains in print today and is widely regarded as the most accurate depiction of the life of mountain men in the Southwest.

Dixon’s presentation covers Pattie’s encounters with the native plants, animals and people of New Mexico, as well as its prairies, deserts, mountains and valleys. The Albuquerque native, who serves as a volunteer at El Rancho De Las Golondrinas Living Museum in Santa Fe, participates regularly in historical re-enactments throughout New Mexico and the Southwest and has been exploring the state for many years.

The college’s Chautauqua performances are sponsored by the SJC Foundation, the New Mexico Humanities Council and the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.


If you go

What: “Tracking and Trekking with James Ohio Pattie” Chautauqua presentation by Stephen Dixon

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13

Where: The Little Theatre on the San Juan College campus, 4601 College Blvd. in Farmington

Admission: Free

For more information: Call 505-566-3430