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I first met Wolfkiller in 1906 at Olj ato (Moonlight Water), in southeastern Utah. O lj ato, at that time, was one of the most remote places in the count r y. The nearest town was seve nty miles away, access to the area was difficult , and few outsiders ventured that way. The Navajos and P iutes who lived there still kept to their old customs, little affected by white society. None of them spoke English.
The residents of the Oljato region lived in hogans , which are conicalshaped houses made of poles covered with bark and mu d . The doorways face the sunrise, and a blanket is used as a door to keep out the blowing sand and cold. The only other opening is a smoke hole at the apex of the roof . Around the heart h , the packe d - dirt floor is carpeted with sheepskins and robes, making for a pleasant and cozy place to gather on cold evenings.