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j  For Theodore Rios telling ‘‘a good one’’ was easy. As he says at the end of a videotaped interview in , ‘‘I could go on talking all day.’’ For me, telling ‘‘a good one’’ about the collaboration between Ted and I has not been easy. The process of the transformation from oral interviews to this book could not have come about without the support of a great many people who helped me initiate it and work through it. I owe a great deal to anthropologist Dr. Bernard Fontana, who, when I was a doctoral student in literary studies, accommodated my interest in Native American life stories by directing me to the Doris Duke Collection at the University of Arizona. When I expressed particular interest in a series of interviews with O’odham men and women housed in the collection, and especially in the transcripts of a series of interviews conducted with Theodore Rios, he immediately encouraged me to work directly with Ted and took me to meet him. Fontana set me off on my first experience of fieldwork, a method of research that has served me well. This book honors his kindness to and faith in me when there was little to warrant it. To Larry Evers I owe a debt for his encouragement of this project from inception to publication, and for makingTed the subject of a trial run for his fine video series, Words and Place. The tape has provided me not only with variants of storiesTed told on audiotape but gaveTed a great deal of pleasure and a modicum of recognition. Ted was also very pleased that his story ‘‘The Magic Egg,’’ taken from our audiotaped interviews, was published in The South Corner of Time, which Evers edited in . Several institutions also deserve recognition. To the Newberry xvii Acknowledgments Library, I am grateful for a  summer fellowship for research on Tohono O’odham culture and for the opportunity to present the history and intention of this project in a seminar there. To the participants of the conference on ‘‘Theories of Representation in American Indian Literatures,’’ sponsored by the University of California at Santa Barbara and held at Château de la Bretesche, France, in , my thanks for encouragement and suggestions for completing this book. To the Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences , my gratitude for a summer travel grant to complete library research , and to the English Department, which granted me travel funds to complete field research. Without the support of my departmental colleagues and the college, I would not have been able to take the sabbatical leave that has allowed me to complete this project. The Arizona Historical Society and the staff of its Tucson library deserve thanks for making the Peter Blaine transcripts and audiotapes available for my use and for permission to use photographs from their archives. Photo permissions from the Arizona Historical Foundation are also appreciated. A number of other individuals also merit recognition. Thanks to Timothy Dunnigan for permission to quote from transcripts of his interviews with Ted and for his interest in the project. To Margaret Blackman and Julie Cruikshank, whom I admire greatly for the quality of their contributions to the field of Native American life story, appreciation for such careful consideration of my book proposal and for suggestions that have strengthened this work. To John Purdy, who read drafts of the manuscript, made helpful suggestions, and gave encouragement when my confidence and resolve flagged, my appreciation. To Don Bahr, who helped me work through ideas and challenged me to face difficult decisions head on, many thanks. And to LaVonne Ruoff who has been a generous listener and advisor along the way, many thanks. A very sincere thanks to Consuela Mendoza, archivist at Mission xviii Acknowledgments San Xavierdel Bac, for her help in verifying Rios family marriage, baptismal , and funeral data. And, ultimately, my friends and family deserve recognition for their patience and support, and my granddaughter, Nina, and my grandson, Johannes, for keeping me grounded. xix     N A R I Z O N A A R I Z O N A S O N O R A Rte. 86 R t e . 1 5 Sou t h e r n P a cific R a i l r o a d 0 5 10 20 30 40 Miles Ak Chin Anegam Big Field Covered Wells Littlefield Pisinimo San Louis Santa Rosa Sells Mission Sacaton Ajo Casa Grande Florence Gila Bend Maricopa Nogales Phoenix Red...


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