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

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With a simplicity as disarming as it is frank, Left Handed tells of his birth in the spring "when the cottonwood leaves were about the size of my thumbnail," of family chores such as guarding the sheep near the hogan, and of his sexual awakening. As he grows older, his account turns to life in the open: nomadic cattle-raising, farming, trading, communal enterprises, tribal dances and ceremonies, lovemaking, and marriage.
 
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Overview


With a simplicity as disarming as it is frank, Left Handed tells of his birth in the spring "when the cottonwood leaves were about the size of my thumbnail," of family chores such as guarding the sheep near the hogan, and of his sexual awakening. As he grows older, his account turns to life in the open: nomadic cattle-raising, farming, trading, communal enterprises, tribal dances and ceremonies, lovemaking, and marriage.
 
As Left Handed grows in understanding and stature, the accumulated wisdom of his people is made known to him. He learns the Navajo life founded upon principles: the necessity of honesty, foresightedness, self-discipline. The style of the narrative is almost biblical in its rhythms; but biblical, too, in many respects, is the traditional way of life it recounts.
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Editorial Reviews

New Republic

"A serious anthropological study that reads like a combination of Tobacco Road with two parts of Studs Lonigan."—New Republic
True West

"An entertaining and absorbing story about Indian life."—True West
The Roundup

"An extraordinarily vivid and detailed story, full of earthily realistic dialogue, told with an amazing story teller’s craft."—The Roundup
True West

"An entertaining and absorbing story about Indian life."—True West
New Republic

"A serious anthropological study that reads like a combination of Tobacco Road with two parts of Studs Lonigan."—New Republic

True West

"An entertaining and absorbing story about Indian life."—True West

The Roundup

"An extraordinarily vivid and detailed story, full of earthily realistic dialogue, told with an amazing story teller’s craft."—The Roundup

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803279582
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1967
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 378
  • Sales rank: 801,197
  • Product dimensions: 5.35 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author


Introducing this new edition is Luci Tapahonso, a professor of English at the University of Kansas. She is the author of A Breeze Swept Through and Saanii Dahataal—The Women Are Singing: Poems and Stories.
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