By John Holiday
A bright portrait of the lifetime of a standard twentieth-century Navajo drugs man
For greater than 90 years, Navajo drugs guy John vacation has watched the sunlight upward push over the rock formations of his domestic in Monument Valley. At an early age, vacation begun an apprenticeship along with his grandfather to benefit the Blessingway rite, and as a adolescence, he played rainmaking ceremonies and practiced healing.
vacation skilled the invasion of Monument Valley by means of whites and later participated within the early filmmaking undefined, operating with director John Ford and actor John Wayne. lifestyles within the barren region was once rooted within the cattle and infrequently supplied just a hand-to-mouth lifestyles. vacation was once hired within the Nineteen Thirties with the Civilian Conservation Corps, served a quick stint within the army, mined uranium at the Navajo Reservation within the Fifties, and labored at the railroad.
Robert S. McPherson interviewed vacation commonly to list his complete and interesting lifestyles. vacation tells his grandparents tales of the lengthy stroll period, discusses attitudes in regards to the land, relates Navajo non secular tales, and recounts his education as a drugs man. A Navajo Legacy displays the strategies of a conventional practitioner who has present in existence either attractiveness and classes for destiny generations.
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John would say there were certain parts of the story that were sacred and should not be shared, and then he started talking right in the middle of it, and I wondered what preceded it. ” Later, he resumed the story and related back to some of those things which clarify what he was talking about, but it was still hard to find the words in English. ” John would continue the story to a certain point, and then say, ”All this pertains to this point, but I cannot go beyond. ” In Navajo tradition, a person can only say so much before getting into trouble.
And so the days went-four of them-with six hours of interview each time. This, added to a session conducted in 1991 and two later clarification interviews necessary to ensure accuracy on my part, form the basis of this book. MARILYN HOLIDAY THOUGHTS FROM A TRANSLATOR The collection of this oral history was just the beginning. The most timeconsuming and skilled part of the project lay with Marilyn Holiday, translator of the tapes. Five foot seven, with short permed hair, she is adroit in her ability 1NTRODUCTION 9 to span, through language, the traditional and modern world of the Navajo.
In those days, they practiced the ”hiding from your in-law” ritual (Aadaani doo jinii’fi’da), so my sister’s husband avoided seeing my mother, and vice versa. 21 A few days after we arrived, Slim Woman from Kayenta brought the tourists to the Oljato Trading Post for the trip to Navajo Mountain. The store was located where the current dam and some cottonwood trees are now, about three miles south of today’s Oljato Trading Post. There are still some rocks left from the original building. Father made this trip and many others to Rainbow Bridge, on the other side of Navajo Mountain, and eventually made a trade of being a tourist guide.