Atarque is a glimpse into New Mexico's history. Settlements like Atarque dotted the landscape as New Mexico moved from territory to statehood. Unfortunately, many of these villages and settlements are now disappearing. Pauline Chávez Bent has helped to tell some of the stories of New Mexico's villages, sharing the joy and struggles of its people. She introduces us to some of the people who lived with the hardships of life in western New Mexico and celebrated the struggles and joys that make up the soul of New Mexico.