The Life of a Northern Paiute
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Nevada Press
Title Page, Copyright
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A book as long in the making as this requires many acknowledgments. Field-work in Yerington was originally funded by National Science Foundation grants: the Field Training Program in Anthropology, (Department of Anthro-pology, University of Nevada, 1965) and a Grant Supporting Doctoral Disser-tation Work (GS-2007) in 1969. IN 1992 I received a grant from the Nevada ...
Note on Orthography
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Trained though I was to transcribe Northern Paiute according to the IPA, I have adopted transcription changes that have resulted over the years primarily from the work of Arie Poldervaart, Wycliffe Bible translator. In writing the Yerington Paiute Language Grammar and Paiute-English/English-Paiute Dictionary for the Yerington Paiute Tribe, Poldervaart taught us how to simplify the writing ...
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Corbett Mack: The Life of a Northern Paiute is an as-told-by (rather than -to) life history or "Indian autobiography" of Corbett Mack (1892-1974), my primary Northern Paiute informant. A "contradiction in terms," as Arnold Indian autobiographies are collaborative efforts jointly produced by some white who translates, transcribes, compiles, edits, interprets, polishes, ...
1Birth and Family (1892)
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The Old Man, he don't like me. 'Cause you know why? What my mom's 'Cause I'm stolen, you see ... a nomogwet 'half-breed'. And you know why my mom's doin' that? 'Cause them Indian women, they like to have their own money; so they make them taivo pay for that [Le., sex]. Yes, sir! Yes, sir! 'Cause them taivo [whites], they can pay three to five dollar: ...
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My grandma, she's the one tell me that: how old man [Dan] Simpson and "Hike" [George] Fulstone make that early [first] settlement in Desert Creek [Smith Valley]. Say my grandfather, Poogooga 'yoo, and Chief Joaquin, they wanna kill 'em. (Joaquin, that's Hazel Quinn's togho '0 [maternal grand father]; she's my wife's oosAnabeeya [sister-in-law], Blind Bob and Maggie's ...
3Boarding School (1905-10)
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And I don't see why they don't let me go to school sooner! 'Cause them old-timers, you know, they got funny idea .... Won't let us go to school to learn to read and to write ... to get to know somethin' better that way. 'Cause none my brother and sister do that, you know. 'Cause that time, Indian can't go into the public school. No, sir! Don't let 'em to mix with ...
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Plate 1. Corbett Mack. Photograph by Michael Hittman, ca. 1970. Plate 3. Two views of the Stewart Institute, Carson City, Nevada, ca. 1910. Photo graphs courtesy Nevada Historical Society (top, no. 782; bottom, no. 790). Plate 4. Stewart Institute students, ca. 1910. Individual on bottom step may be Corbett Mack. Photograph courtesy ...
4Work and Girls (1912-23)
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...'Cause that's around about two year after I first get outta Stewart, you know ... Yes, sir! 'Cause you know how a kid is: just wanna ride around the mountain all the time, chase them mustang . . . fool around that way. So [from 1910 to 1912], I never did go to work yet. No, sir! But [then] the Old "You're old enough to work, Corbett. Lotta job around here .... And [if] ...
5Italians, Potatoes, Homemade Wine
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...'Cause there's no Aytayay in this country them early days ago, you know, just taivo, that's all. Yes, sir! And all kind, too: DAtsaman [Dutchmen] .... And so, after a while, them Aytayay, they also start comin' over here to 'Cause I hear they come from Christopher Columbus country, them Aytayay: you know, after he discover this place called America .... 'Cause ...
6Chinese Opium (1896-1931)
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...'Cause even though I'm drinkin', I know I [also] start in to smokin' that moohoo'oo right after I'm back from Stewart. Yes, sir! But not heavy, you know. Just to try that out. And you see who start me out? Henry Quinn! My cousin-brother. Lives with us ... his father's Suunuuma 'a-related to my grandma. 'Cause Henry, he's usin' that moohoo '00 pretty heavy; so, shows ...
7Some Real Old-Timers (1896-1940)
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And so, no more moohoo '00, everybody just start in on that heebee Drinkin' that all the time, you know .... 'Cause I know I'm doin' that pretty near twenty-five years, partner. Yes, sir! Three time every day .... One glass with every meal. And I can buy that pint, half-gallon, gallon from my boss every night, too-depend on what I got left over .... 'Cause them ...
8Retirement Years (1954-74)
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And all them year I'm workin' for Macarini, only twice I quit my boss .... 'Cause that first time, we're drunk in Wellington and miss work the next mornin'; so Macarini, he bawl us out. Yes, sir! Don't say, "Better sleep it off. Work when you feel good." No, sir! 'Cause you see why? My boss don't talk "Well, [if] you don't like my job, Corbett, [if] I don't give you enough to ...
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..."Well, 1 can't buy you any, partner. Don't want Lena gettin' mad at "Oh, your pava 'yoo city .... Maybe 1 get in there, 1 might get lost?" "Yeah, and we get some pretty bad storms this season! What they call "What they call 'hurricane', huh? Pretty tough over there when that cold "Just wish my arm and knee get all right, though .... 'Cause that's what ...
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Page Count: 416
Illustrations: 5 photographs, 2 maps
Publication Year: 2013