Tall sheep: Harry Goulding, Monument Valley trader by Samuel Moon

By Samuel Moon

Harry Goulding—"Tall Sheep" to the Navajos—ran a buying and selling submit in Monument Valley from 1925 to 1963. during this publication the Gouldings, and those that knew them, inform the tale of the dealer and his spouse one of the Navajos and one of the expanding variety of Anglos, who got here to Monument Valley as viewers and whom Harry brought to the land and its humans. Samuel Moon's statement units their phrases within the context of bigger events.

The Goulding years coincide with the interval whilst the conservative, conventional humans of the distant northwestern nook of the reservation first got here to grips with the 20 th century. in the course of these years the Navajos coped with the trauma of compelled inventory relief, the transition from a barter-and-pawn to a money financial system, the broadening studies of global struggle II, the key mining of uranium ahead of Hiroshima, the fight to enhance schooling and clinical amenities, the emergence of democratic tribal governments, development of arterial roads throughout the reservation, and improvement of the 1st Navajo Tribal Park in Monument Valley. And in the course of this tumultuous swap, John Ford, based at Goulding's, filmed his westerns.

Tall Sheep is a ebook approximately humans. during this oral background, Moon captures the dwelling voice of every speaker and, via these voices, whole levels of character and personality: Harry himself, his spouse Mike, many Navajos, and numerous Anglos—workers, viewers, and wanderers—drawn to distant and lovely Monument Valley. Samuel Moon's portrait of a pioneering dealer in Navajo state brings to lifestyles the occasions of an period far-off from our personal, as they play out within the acknowledged studies of those colourful people.

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Includes bibliographical references and index.  Title. 2'59dc20 91-50866 [B] CIP Text and jacket design by Cleo Patterson. The paper in this book meets the guidelines for permanence and durability of the Committee on Production Guidelines for Book Longevity of the Council on Library Resources, Inc. Copyright © 1992 by the University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Publishing Division of the University. All rights reserved. A. First edition. Page v My work on this book is dedicated to Harry Goulding, who did not live to hold the book in his hand Page vii CONTENTS Illustrations List ix Preface xi Introduction xiii Part One.

There are Navajos like Fred Yazzie, proud of his heritage and tenacious in his claim to the Gouldings' land; Ted Cly, tour guide for the Gouldings and believer in witchcraft: Luke Yazzie, quite and dignified, but remembering in detail how he brought in the first uranium ore sample from Monument Mine No. 2 and did not get the royalty he thought he was entitled to. There is Frank Douglas, the black cook of many years at Goulding's. Their voices are the life itself of that place in those times. It is these people, their voices and their stories, that we turn now, to their memories of life in Monument Valley during the momentous years beginning in the era of the classic trading post and ending with the nascent and emerging self-consciousness and self-sufficiency of the Navajo people following World War II.

They had the choice of the country. They brought the first sheep into that San Juan Basin country, all that Big Basin country in there, the first sheep among them cattle people. They were all single when they got over in there, but Dad got married and then us kids was born. My mother left when I was three years old. I don't remember a thing about it, but I know that she must have been in the wrong, whatever it was. Nobody talked about it much, and I never inquired about it, but I know that Dad wouldn't do anything that would cause her to run off.

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