Left Handed, Son of Old Man Hat: A Navajo Autobiography

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8. The way of a man and a maid . . . Horse racing and wrestling . . . The last quarrel . . . He beats the Oraibi at running . . . How they find out you've been with a woman, and what to do about it.

EVERYTHING was ripe, peaches, corn, watermelons and other crops were all ripe at the village of the Oraibi. Two days after we camped my mother and father wanted to go to that place. They killed two goats, butchered and cut them up, and took over the meat and skins. They were gone all day and stayed one night. The next day they returned with two big sacks full of peaches, and some corn and a few watermelons. They said, "The pueblo people whom we visited were kind. They want us to visit them every once in a while. They'd like us to come again soon."

The day after they returned Lost His Moccasins and his children arrived at Cedar Standing. They found out that we'd moved to that place. A few days later another outfit moved there. That was Mexican Blanket; his clan was Red Clay. His wife was Bitahni; her name was Dlosh Woman. They camped against a hill across from us. We stayed there at that one place all the rest of the summer and all fall. By that time the horses and sheep were looking fine. I went out with the herd every day. I'd start out with my sheep in the morning and go to where the horses were. I'd catch a horse and then round up the others and start them towards the water. From there I'd herd on horseback.

Little Wife Beater had four grandchildren, three girls and

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