By John Holiday
A vibrant portrait of the lifetime of a conventional twentieth-century Navajo medication man
For greater than 90 years, Navajo medication guy John vacation has watched the sunlight upward thrust over the rock formations of his domestic in Monument Valley. At an early age, vacation started an apprenticeship along with his grandfather to profit the Blessingway rite, and as a early life, he played rainmaking ceremonies and practiced healing.
vacation skilled the invasion of Monument Valley through whites and later participated within the early filmmaking undefined, operating with director John Ford and actor John Wayne. existence within the wasteland was once rooted within the farm animals and occasionally supplied just a hand-to-mouth life. vacation used to be hired within the Thirties with the Civilian Conservation Corps, served a quick 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 list his complete and engaging lifestyles. vacation tells his grandparents tales of the lengthy stroll period, discusses attitudes concerning the land, relates Navajo spiritual tales, and recounts his education as a medication man. A Navajo Legacy displays the techniques of a standard practitioner who has present in existence either good looks and classes for destiny generations.
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The Hopi priests sang and sang without stopping and said that this continued on and on. 13I can still remember all these experiences as part of my life with the Hopis. 14They said they were on their way to perform a ceremony farther south. Metal Teeth lived near Rocks Spread Out, a canyon below the Lukachukai Mountains. ” I was so excited and anxious to return with them, I could not sleep or eat for about eight days. But the time came and went, and they had not come back. They finally arrived, sitting side by side in a one-horse buggy the People [Navajos] (Dine) call Wagon that Runs Fast.
Agree? Looking at me, he would ask, “What are your beliefs concerning. . ” Always interested in learning, he seemed to be storing our replies in his philosophical locker. Soon I became “Big Mormon,” and again the giveand-take banter resumed, though I must admit, I was not as quick with a reply as I was with Baxter. More questions followed, along with commentary. I felt that he enjoyed the interviewing process-all six hours that day; he agreed to our next return. And so we did. This time Baxter and I met in the living room of John’s other home.
We are going in another direction. I do not know where the change came, but t h g s started turning another way. John’s teachings about the whip are a good example. Today we look at the use of a whip as abuse, but if one really thinks about John’s perspective, it is an object of love. The whip provides strength for living and growth in knowledge. There is no hate in this, and these kinds of ideas make me think. If our whole society changed its perspective, our minds would be turned around, and we would go back to the way it was in his younger days.