By John Holiday
A bright 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 begun an apprenticeship along with his grandfather to profit the Blessingway rite, and as a formative years, he played rainmaking ceremonies and practiced healing.
vacation skilled the invasion of Monument Valley by means of whites and later participated within the early filmmaking undefined, operating with director John Ford and actor John Wayne. existence within the barren region was once rooted within the farm animals and infrequently supplied just a hand-to-mouth lifestyles. vacation used to be hired within the Thirties with the Civilian Conservation Corps, served a short stint within the army, mined uranium at the Navajo Reservation within the Fifties, and labored at the railroad.
Robert S. McPherson interviewed vacation largely to checklist his complete and engaging existence. vacation tells his grandparents tales of the lengthy stroll period, discusses attitudes concerning the land, relates Navajo non secular tales, and recounts his education as a drugs man. A Navajo Legacy displays the recommendations of a conventional practitioner who has present in lifestyles either attractiveness and classes for destiny generations.
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It was a time I had looked forward to with some reservation: I was to give a public program in Monument Valley on some of John’s teachings. ” I fully realized that in spite of my teaching and interviewing in the community, I was still very much an outsider 18 INTRODUCTlON to many Navajo people. ” The advertising was somewhat unorthodox, with flyers in trading posts, post offices, gas stations, and legal offices, and announcements by word of mouth, the latter being the most effective on the reservation.
There are certain parts of the ceremony where this is forbidden, so he told me to stay outside. I sneaked inside the crowded hogan anyway and sat behind a group of people to watch. After the washing, they did the marking ritual on the woman, who was probably of the Many Goats Clan. She was pretty and must have been of that clan, because on our way home Metal Teeth started teasing my father about her. Many people had come by wagon, horse, and on foot to attend the ceremony. Unlike today, the women and girls used to sing and fully participate.
OThey were all working at the trading post, came out to us, took hold of our arms, and led us into their back room, where we ate plenty of food. They gave hay to our horse, some more hay, and a bag of corn to take with us. Then Little Boy talked to my dad and his uncle, saying he wanted them to take about eleven white people to Navajo Mountain, and that they should be ready to leave in about four days. The group needed eight horses for the white men to ride and four packhorses or mules. Slim Woman was putting the travel plan together for them.