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

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16. His mother marries him off.

WE stayed there all winter, and early in the spring we moved to Hill Across. Slim Man was living there, and a lot of other relative of ours. A few days after we located there my mother went around to visit them. When she returned she brought a double saddle-blanket back with her. She handed it to me and said, "I got you a saddle-blanket." "Where did you get it, mother?" I asked her. "I got it from a woman I never knew before. This was the first time I'd ever met her. When I started home she gave me this saddle- blanket and said, 'We'll be friends from now on.'" I said, "I wonder what she wants for it. Maybe she wants some sheep." My mother said, "I don't know what she wants. Maybe that's it."

One day, not long after that, I said to my mother, "I'd like to go to the store.""All right," she said, "that'll be fine, we'll get some grub. We've only got a little left." We sheared some sheep and got some wool and packed it up. While I was out after the horses she went around to the hogans where our relatives were living, and she went over where that woman lived, from whom we got the saddle- blanket. The woman said, "I'd like to go to the store; we haven't any grub either. But I've got no way to go. I haven't got a horse." When my mother came home she said, "The two fathers of yours want to go also." She meant Slim Man and Choclays Kinsman. "But they want you to wait until two days from now. Tomorrow and the day after they'll be shearing their sheep. And that woman does too, but she's got no way to go, so I want you to lend her a horse."

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