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Tall Woman: The Life Story of Rose Mitchell, a Navajo Woman c. 1874-1977 / Edition 1
     

Tall Woman: The Life Story of Rose Mitchell, a Navajo Woman c. 1874-1977 / Edition 1

by Rose Mitchell, Charlotte J. Frisbie
 

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ISBN-10: 0826322034

ISBN-13: 9780826322036

Pub. Date: 01/28/2001

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press

Translated from her own words, this story of a Navajo woman who lived for more than 102 years is a vivid account of traditional lifeways in a harsh and challenging environment. Tall Woman was raised in a family of foragers and herders: "we never lived in one spot for any length of time; we just roamed about from place to place, and from time to time." Forbidden to

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Translated from her own words, this story of a Navajo woman who lived for more than 102 years is a vivid account of traditional lifeways in a harsh and challenging environment. Tall Woman was raised in a family of foragers and herders: "we never lived in one spot for any length of time; we just roamed about from place to place, and from time to time." Forbidden to go to school, she learned traditional skills and knowledge from her elders, growing up to be a well-known weaver and an expert on the uses of traditional plants as food and medicine. She was also in demand as a midwife. Despite her reputation and that of her husband, Frank Mitchell, a well-known political leader, judge, and Blessingway singer, Tall Woman lived the unassuming life of a traditional Navajo woman, focusing on the hogan, her twelve children, the sheep and goats, and the farm.

Edited and annotated by a distinguished anthropologist who has worked with the Mitchell family since 1963, this book was written to fulfill Tall Woman's desire to share her story not just with her descendants but with others. In addition to her own life history, Tall Woman tells ancestral stories and offers wise advice to future generations. Both Navajo and non-Navajo readers will be fascinated by the courage and ingenuity evoked in her account of the People's survival during a period of immeasurable change.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826322036
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
606
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrationsix
Acknowledgmentsxi
Introductionxvii
I.Narratives of Forebears, Infancy, and Childhood1
1.Stories from the Old People3
2.My Mother's Early Times14
3.In My Very Early Days27
4.Starting to Get Older41
5.Late Girlhood and End of Childhood52
II.Young Adulthood, Early Married Years69
6.Getting Together with My Husband71
7.Starting Out Together86
8.Houses Standing in a Line97
9.Place of the Reeds107
10.The Flu128
11.My Father Comes to His End140
III.Middle Years, The Rest of My Childbearing Years: Supporting and Raising Our Children155
12.The Flats and Settling in Chinle157
13.Marriages, Births, Deaths, and Ceremonies172
14.Frank as a Traveling Man185
15.My Mother200
16.We Lose My Mother210
IV.Grandparent Years, Late Adulthood219
17.Going on Alone221
18.Daily Round and Expanding the Farm236
19.The War Years253
20.Frank's Judge Job and Its Effects261
V.Old Age271
21.Old Age Catches Us and We Lose Frank273
22.Words to the Future Generations293
VI.Epilogue: 1971-77 and Concluding Reflections of Tall Woman's Family307
Appendixes325
A.Genealogy: Introduction327
A-1Tall Woman's Forebears330
A-2Tall Woman's Natal Family333
A-3Conjugal Family of Tall Woman and Frank Mitchell340
A-4Descendants of Children of Tall Woman and Frank Mitchell (as of June 1, 1997)343
B.Chronology352
C.Schooling378
Notes379
References489
Index517

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