A Place to Be Navajo: Rough Rock and the Struggle for by WITH Teresa L. McCarty, Teresa L. McCarty

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If someone else should go after the sheep, then [you were told] to prepare some food . . There was also carding wool, spinning, and weaving . . You followed instructions . Though you didn't know how to weave, . . you learned by helping to finish a rug . . You could also try to do one yourself ifyou wanted to. You set up a loom and weave. It might come out lopsided at first, but eventually you got better . . This is how we were taught . , Bennett, 1964; Dyk, 1938, p. 9) . As Mae Hatathli's account indicates, girls also learned to weave and care for the home.

2. Indian school at Fort Defiance, Arizona, late 19th century. ) 42 CHAPTER 4 by Biliilizhinii, Black Horse, a regional leader . The incident reflected widespread hostility toward compulsory education at the time. School stories such as these are now firmly implanted in Rough Rock's oral tradition . After the first BIA school opened at Fort Defiance, eight additional boarding schools were established on the Navajo reservation, including the one at Chinle attended by young Thomas James . Additional boarding schools opened at Fort Apache in eastern Arizona, Fort Wingate in western New Mexico, Phoenix, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe, as well as in California, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nevada, and the state of Washington.

The rock slide is a monument to tragedy, a silent witness to genocide . We interviewed Fred Bia's father, Joe Bia, in our office in the fall of 1981 . He recalled : It happened a little before the people were taken to Fort Sumner. That's the story that's been handed down . The rock slide was a foretelling that something big was going to happen, something that would really change people's lives . Medicine men had visions that there would be trouble . At first there was a little bit of dust rising up, but it kept increasing.

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