Along Navajo Trails: Recollections of a Trader 1898-1948 [NOOK Book]

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Will Evans's writings should find a special niche in the small but significant body of literature from and about traders to the Navajos. Evans was the proprietor of the Shiprock Trading Company. Probably more than most of his fellow traders, he had a strong interest in Navajo culture. The effort he made to record and share what he learned certainly was unusual. He published in the Farmington and New Mexico newspapers and other periodicals, compiling many of his pieces into a book manuscript. His subjects were ...
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Along Navajo Trails: Recollections of a Trader 1898-1948

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Overview

Will Evans's writings should find a special niche in the small but significant body of literature from and about traders to the Navajos. Evans was the proprietor of the Shiprock Trading Company. Probably more than most of his fellow traders, he had a strong interest in Navajo culture. The effort he made to record and share what he learned certainly was unusual. He published in the Farmington and New Mexico newspapers and other periodicals, compiling many of his pieces into a book manuscript. His subjects were Navajos he knew and traded with, their stories of historic events such as the Long Walk, and descriptions of their culture as he, an outsider without academic training, understood it. Evans's writings were colored by his fondness for, uncommon access to, and friendships with Navajos, and by who he was: a trader, folk artist, and Mormon. He accurately portrayed the operations of a trading post and knew both the material and artistic value of Navajo crafts. His art was mainly inspired by Navajo sandpainting. He appropriated and, no doubt, sometimes misappropriated that sacred art to paint surfaces and objects of all kinds. As a Mormon, he had particular views of who the Navajos were and what they believed and was representative of a large class of often-overlooked traders. Much of the Navajo trade in the Four Corners region and farther west was operated by Mormons. They had a significant historical role as intermediaries, or brokers, between Native and European American peoples in this part of the West. Well connected at the center of that world, Evans was a good spokesperson.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874215236
  • Publisher: Utah State University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 270
  • Sales rank: 1,350,447
  • File size: 6 MB

Table of Contents

Contents Acknowledgments 000 Will Evans, Trader to the Navajos 000 Starting Along the Trail 000 Views of History: Events around the Four Corners Agapito Remembers the Old Days 000 Yellow Horse and the Long Walk 000 The Establishment of Trading Posts 000 Harry Baldwin and the Hogback Post 000 Redrock Trading Post 000 Little Singer and the Beautiful Mountain Uprising 000 Prosperity in Reverse 000 Oil and Gas on Navajo Land 000 A Christmas Eve in Navajo Land 000 Navajo Personalities: The People I Have Known Costiano 000 Black Horse 000 Bizh--sh' 000 Ugly Man 000 Fat One and Son of Fat One 000 Faith, an Episode 000 Tragedies in Navajo Land 000 Sandoval 000 Slim Policeman 000 A Dedicated Medicine Man 000 Dan Pete 000 Living with the People: Daily Life and Customs of the Navajo Daily Life in a Hogan 000 Navajo Hospitality 000 Trading with the Navajos 000 Navajo Blankets 000 Silversmithing 000 Cleanliness, Clothes, and Manners 000 Hairstyles 000 Tobacco, Alcohol, and Morality 000 Navajo Marriage Customs and Family Life 000 Divorce 000 Tribal Traditions and Lore 000 Sandpaintings 000 My First Fire Dance 000 Squaw Dance (Enemyway) 000 Death, Witchcraft, and Skinwalkers 000 Navajos and Animals 000 Postscript: The Death of a Man, the End of an Era 000 Appendix: Publications by William Evans 000 Notes 000
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