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

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18. Two girls accept his challenge . . . He has someone under him again . . . His mother makes a had bargain . . . He hears of his real mother's death . . . He hides his stuff in a treetop on the mountain, and they move to the cornfield.

IN the morning she put them in the sun to dry. "We'll have dried peaches this winter," she said. While she was doing that she said, "I missed three horses, the tame ones; all the rest are here. They all came and got water, but the day after you left I missed those three. I looked for them every time I went out with my herd, but I didn't see them anywhere. Somebody must have taken them away. If they were around here they'd come for water, but they're not around close by, I think." The horses were just coming to water. I got my rope and bridle and went out and roped one there and rode all around looking for those three, but I didn't find them. From then on I went out every day. Whenever I saw a fellow I'd ask him, but nobody ever saw my horses.

One day as I was riding along I came across some herds. I thought, "I'll go over and ask that herder. Maybe he's seen them around here some place." But there was nobody around. Close by was a little hill with a rocky wall around it. I looked up the hill, and there were three girls sitting on a rock. I went over and asked them if they'd seen my horses, but they said, "We haven't seen any around here." I took the bridle off my horse and let him eat some grass, and I was there, talking with

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