Left Handed, Son of Old Man Hat: A Navaho Autobiography by Left Handed,Edward Sapir,Luci Tapahonso

By Left Handed,Edward Sapir,Luci Tapahonso

With a simplicity as disarming because it is frank, Left passed tells of his beginning within the spring "when the cottonwood leaves have been concerning the measurement of my thumbnail," of kinfolk chores akin to guarding the sheep close to the hogan, and of his sexual awakening. As he grows older, his account turns to existence within the open: nomadic cattle-raising, farming, buying and selling, communal organizations, tribal dances and ceremonies, lovemaking, and marriage.
 
As Left passed grows in figuring out and stature, the gathered knowledge of his humans is made recognized to him. He learns the Navajo existence based upon ideas: the need of honesty, foresightedness, self-control. the fashion of the narrative is sort of biblical in its rhythms; yet biblical, too, in lots of respects, is the normal lifestyle it recounts.

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