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Publications and Exhibits

Sabino's Map, quite simply, is the best history yet made of a northern New Mexico community. It is thorough, balanced, gracefully written, and blessed with an insider's access and affection.

~ William de Buys, Author, River of Traps


"Saving the Ortega Papers and Two Hundred Years of Chimayó History," a chapter in Cultural Convergence in New Mexico: Honoring William Wroth, in press, Museum of New Mexico Press, 2021.

¡Órale! Lowrider: Custom Made in New Mexico (with Kate Ware and Daniel Kosharek), Museum of New Mexico Press, 2016, ISBN# 978-0890136171.

Chasing Dichos Through Chimayó, University of New Mexico Press, 2014, ISBN# 978-0-8263-5523-2

Valles Caldera: A Vision for New Mexico’s National Preserve, by William deBuys and Don J. Usner, Museum of New Mexico Press, 2006, ISBN # 0890134936

Sabino’s Map: Life in Chimayó’s Old Plaza, Museum of New Mexico Press, 1995, ISBN # 0890132895 (cloth), 0890132909 (pbk.).

Benigna’s Chimayó: Cuentos from the Old Plaza, Museum of New Mexico Press, 2001, ISBN # 0890133816 (cloth), 0890133824 (pbk.).

New Mexico Route 66 On Tour: Legendary Architecture from Glenrio to Gallup, Museum of New Mexico Press, 2001, ISBN # 0890133867.

The Natural History of Big Sur, University of California Press, Los Angeles (1993), ISBN# 9780520205109 (cloth); 0520205103 (pbk.)

Other Recent Publications

"The Feather and the Cellphone" — an excerpt from "Valles Caldera: A New Vision for New Mexico’s National Preserve," New Mexico Magazine, February 2022.

“Hispano Plazas: A Perspective from a Chimayó Expatriate,” in The Plazas of New Mexico. San Antonio: Trinity University Press, 2011.

“White Space,” story and photos, New Mexico Magazine, January 2011.

“Saving History: Ortega Papers Trace Family’s Three Hundred Years in Chimayó,” June 2010, El Palacio.

New Mexico Treasures 2022 Engagement Calendar (editor), Museum of New Mexico Press, November 2021.

“Raising New Mexico,” twenty-four photos and a story in the annual magazine of Searchlight New Mexico, a nonprofit journalism organization in Santa Fe, New Mexico, December 2018.


"Dichos: Guideposts for Good Character," Land, Water, People Time, July 2018.

Machine Dreams: A Low, Slow Journey from Pachuco to Priceless,” El Palacio, Summer 2016

Lowriders Riding High,” New Mexico magazine, July 2016

“Dropping Out and Tuning In,” New Mexico magazine, November 2015

The Long and Winding Ditch,” Bienvenidos, 2014

On the Mary and Joseph Trail,” New Mexico magazine, December 2014

Finding the Right Words,” New Mexico magazine, January 2014

“Chimayó,” (a photo essay in the photography journal Lenswork)

Postcard from New Mexico,” in “Photo Booth” (an online blog of the New Yorker, July 16, 2012);

Lowriders Cruising El Norte,” Bienvenidos, Summer 2012.

Don Victor Ortega: A Chimayó Patrón Goes to the Constitutional Convention,” El Palacio, Spring 2012.



"Our Lives Now: A Photographic Journal of Life During the Pandemic, prints on exhibit at El Zaguan gallery at the Historic Santa Fe Foundation, September 3-24, 2021. (

“Portraits of Chimayosos,” from the Chimayó Museum Collection, 20 prints on exhibit at El Zaguan gallery at the Historic Santa Fe Foundation, May 17-June 30, 2018.

“Con Cariño: Artists Inspired by Lowriders” – fourteen prints in the exhibit at the New Mexico Museum of Art,  May 21, 2016 – Oct 10, 2016

“Lowriders, Hoppers, and Hot Rods: Car Culture of Northern New Mexico,” – fourteen prints in the exhibit at the New Mexico History Museum, May 1, 2016 through March 5, 2017.

“Chimayó: A Pilgrimage through Two Centuries,” five prints in the exhibit at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts, through April 2017.

“Chimayó Lowriders,” 17 prints on display at the Chimayó History Museum through October 2017.

“Los Chimayosos: Portrait of a Community: – Photographs by Don Usner at the Chimayó Museum, May 2014.

“Contemplative Landscape,” four pieces in the exhibit at the New Mexico History Museum, October 23, 2011 through December 30, 2012

“The Faces of Lannan: Fifteen Years of Literary Events in Santa Fe,” Lannan Foundation Gallery, Santa Fe, 2012

“A Chimayó Pilgrimage: Photographs by Don J. Usner,” Photography Exhibit, School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, 2011.

“Big Sur Revisited: Photos by Don J. Usner,” a retrospective show of photographs at the Henry Miller Library, Big Sur, 2009.

“Faces of the Santa Fe Youth Commission,” photographs of programs sponsored by the Santa Fe Youth Commission, City Hall, Santa Fe, 2009.

“Fine Arts for Children and Teens in Santa Fe,” photographs of the Fine Arts for Children and Teens program, Verve Gallery, Santa Fe, 2009

“Valles Caldera,” Randall Davey National Audubon Center, Santa Fe, 2006.

“Reverence: Photographs of the Valles Caldera,” New Mexico Museum of Natural History, Albuquerque, 2004.





Reviews, Interviews

Valles Caldera with William deBuys and Don Usner | ¡COLORES! NMPBS (

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