Indians of the Southwest

Indians of the Southwest

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...for every grain which he has planted, and when the crows are not in sight, some stray flock of sheep or a burro puts in its appearance. But centuries of watching have taught the Hopi a lesson, and for the crows he erects wonderful scarecrows, while for his own greater comfort he builds a commodious field shelter in which he passes many hours of the hot summer days, his time being spent in the spinning of a tale to some friend or in the spinning Dress Weaving. of yarn to be used later in the year in the manufacture of garments. Likewise the Hopi must protect his melon patches and even his young peach trees from the ravages of the sandstorms, and from the depredations of the sheep of his own people or those of the Navaho. When not otherwise engaged the Hopi man takes his rude axe and burro and goes to the distant mesa north of Oraibi, where he brings in great bundles of fagots of pifion and cedar. As he goes up and down the trail to the village, he passes the women of his family as they trudge back and forth from the lofty mesa to the distant spring at its foot, in their daily quest for water, or as they seek clay in the pits, to be used either in the manufacture of pottery or in the building of houses, for the Hopi woman is the house-builder and the house-owner. Can any town in the world, with a similar number of people, produce a greater number of sober, industrious, patient toilers than are to be found on the summit of this West Mesa? Transport the other six Hopi villages, abolish the Government agent over in Ream's Canyon, remove the trader's post at the foot of the mesa, and the home of the missionary, take away the Navaho, and let all the remainder of America be laid waste, and the people of Oraibi could, and probably would, continue more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236513126
  • 9781236513120