By John Holiday
A vibrant portrait of the lifetime of a standard twentieth-century Navajo medication man
For greater than 90 years, Navajo medication guy John vacation has watched the sunlight upward push over the rock formations of his domestic in Monument Valley. At an early age, vacation all started an apprenticeship together with his grandfather to profit the Blessingway rite, and as a early life, he played rainmaking ceremonies and practiced healing.
vacation skilled the invasion of Monument Valley via whites and later participated within the early filmmaking undefined, operating with director John Ford and actor John Wayne. lifestyles within the barren region used to be rooted within the farm animals and occasionally supplied just a hand-to-mouth life. vacation was once hired within the 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 greatly to checklist his complete and interesting existence. 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 innovations of a standard practitioner who has present in existence either good looks and classes for destiny generations.
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He is hungry for students and wants to be heard. People respect that. When you start talking to him, he tells you a lot, but there are some things that are very serious and should not be joked about. For instance, one time he talked to me about my ancestry. My grandmother on my mother’s side had ancestors who came from the Paiute. This happened when the tribes were warring amongst themselves, and they used to steal little children. Great-Great-Grandmother was taken, grew up in the Paiute Tribe, and as a young teenager, married and became pregnant.
A single person did the cooking. One day while playing outside, I noticed some smoke coming from the little huts in the sagebrush. I was curious, so I investigated. I slowly peeked over the bushes and saw a Hopi lady cooking some piki, the paper-thin corn bread. She sat close to a mud and rock wall and was so busy with her batter that she did not see me. Behind her was a basket 28 A NAVAJOLEGACY heaped full with bread. I slowly crept along the wall and came within reach of the basket. Very slowly and quietly, I grabbed an armful of bread, ran home, came through the back door of the house, then to the trading post where my aunt’s husband worked.
Just below that home, at a place called Dark Water, there was another hogan and sheep corral, which used to be my father's homestead until the white men started coming through there. My family was afraid of the Anglos, so they moved back to Monument Valley. I think they should have stayed across the river, like Mister Sakizzie and men like Bitter Water, Mister Jelly (Hastiin Jelii), and Old Eddie (Eddie Sini), who lived by the windmill. These men refused to move off their land. "We were born here," they said, and stayed even when the white men came to chase them off.
A Navajo Legacy: The Life and Teachings of John Holiday by John Holiday