A New Mexico David: And Other Stories and Sketches of the Southwest

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C. Scribner's sons, 1891 - New Mexico - 217 pages
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Page 185 - These sticks are four to five inches long, about an inch wide, and a quarter of an inch thick ; and must have their sides flat, so that the three may be clasped together very much as one holds a pen, but more nearly perpendicular, with the thumb and first three fingers of the right hand. Each stick is plain on one side and marked on the other, generally with diagonal notches, as shown in the illustration.
Page 48 - ... in that avalanche of foam — keeping from being swept down to instant death only by pressing desperately against the rocky walls of the gorge, here not more than three feet apart. But at last, trembling with exhaustion, he drew himself up to his little niche and sank upon his drenched bed, while the white torrent bellowed and raved under his feet, as if maddened at the loss of its expected prey. Deeper and deeper grew the darkness, fiercer and fiercer the storm. Such a rain had never been seen...
Page 44 - Sha-wa-ts6sh!" from lungs as mighty as those of Montezuma. In half an hour the long procession had melted into the brown bosom of the valley; and even A-chi-te 's keen eyes could distinguish it no longer. He drew a deep breath, threw back his square young shoulders and walked away to his mother's house. Alone with three sick women, the only man in Acoma — no wonder the boy's head was carried even straighter than usual. Truly, this was better than going to the planting. All the boys had gone there,...
Page 185 - The only other requisite is a kah-nfd-deh, horse, for each player, of whom there may be as many as can seat themselves around the pa-tol house. The horse is merely a twig or stick used as a marker. When the players have seated themselves, the first takes the pa-tol sticks tightly in his right hand, lifts them about as high as his chin, and, bringing them down with a smart vertical thrust, as if to harpoon the center stone, lets go of them when they are within some C inches of it.
Page 52 - And so, forever exiled from the homes that were before their eyes, robbed of their all, heart-wrung by the sight of the doomed women on the cliff, the simple-hearted Children of the Sun circled long about the fatal Rock of Katzimo. Council after council was held, sacrifice after sacrifice was offered ; but the merciless cliff still frowned unpitying. It became plain that they must build a new town to be safe from the savage tribes which surrounded them on every side ; and on a noble mesa, three miles...
Page 40 - Children ran races along the smooth rock which served for a street, or cared for their mothers' babies slung upon their patient young backs. The men were very busy, tying up bundles in buckskin, putting new handles on their stone axes and hoes, or fitting to damaged arrows new heads shaped from pieces of quartz or volcanic glass. As the Governor kept his measured way down the street, repeating his proclamation at intervals, a tall, powerfully made Indian stepped from one of the houses, descended...
Page 44 - Sh6-ka-ka strode away, he turned to look up once more at the rock, and at the tiny figure outlined against the sky. It seemed no more than a wee black ant, but he knew it was his son, A-chi-te, and waved his hand as he yelled back, "Sha-wa-ts6sh!
Page 188 - ... player is liable to be sent back to the starting point several times before the game is finished, which is as soon as one horse has made the complete circuit. Sometimes the players, when very young or unskilled, agree there shall be no killing : but unless there is an explicit arrangement to that effect, killing is understood, and It adds greatly to the interest of the game.
Page 174 - States ; a history not written in a closet, from other one-sided affairs, but based on a knowledge of the breadth of our history, and a disposition to do it justice ; a book which will realize that the early history of this wonderful country is not limited to a narrow strip on the Atlantic seaboard, but that it began in the great Southwest ; and that before the oldest of the Pilgrim Fathers had been born swarthy Spanish heroes were colonizing what is now the United States...
Page 186 - According to the number of his throw the player moves his marker an equal number of stones ahead on the circle, using one of the rivers as a starting point. If the throw Is five, for instance, he lays his horse between the fourth and fifth stones, and hands the pa-tol sticks to the next man. If his throw be ten, however, as the first man's first throw is very certain to be. it lands his horse In the second river, and he has another throw.

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