Corbett Mack: The Life of a Northern Paiute

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U of Nebraska Press, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 390 pages
This is the compelling yet disturbing story of Corbett Mack (1892-1974), an opiate addict who was a member of the Nuumuu (Numa), or Northern Paiute. The Northern Paiute are best known as the people who produced Wovoka, the Ghost Dance prophet whose revitalistic teachings swept the Indian world in the 1890s. Mack is from the generation following the collapse of the Ghost Dance religion, a generation of Nomogweta or "half-breeds" (also called "stolen children")-Paiute of mixed ancestry who were raised in an increasingly bicultural world and who fell into virtual peonage to white (often Italian) potato farmers. Around the turn of the century, the use of opium became widespread among the Paiute, adopted from equally victimized Chinese laborers with whom they worked closely in the fields. The story of Corbett Mack is an uncompromising account of a harsh and sometimes traumatic life that was typical of an entire generation of Paiute. It was a life born out of the turmoil and humiliation of an Indian boarding school, troubled by opiate addiction, bound to constant labor in the fields, yet nonetheless made meaningful through the perseverance of Paiute cultural traditions. Michael Hittman is chairman of the Anthropology and Sociology Department and a professor at Long Island University, Brooklyn. He is the author of Wovoka and the Ghost Dance: A Sourcebook and A Numa History: The Yerington Paiute Tribe.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Birth and Family 1892
23
Sticks and Stones
24
My Nuumuu Name
25
Big Mack
26
Big Macks Final Name Change
29
Big Macks Rage
30
My Mom
33
Moohoo oo YenShee
134
Your Own Outfit
135
The Life of the Nuumuu Addict
136
Buyin Moohoo oo
138
Other Celestial Connections
140
No More Chinaman
141
An Unlikely Connection
142
A Meeting with My Real Father
143

Poogoogayoo Horseman
35
Three Brothers and Two Sisters
37
Sibling Solidarity
40
Boyhood 18921905
43
Worlds War
44
Smith and Mason Valley Nuumuu
47
One Real OldTimer
49
Our House
50
The Outfit
52
Tuubanuugwa Pine Nut Dance
54
Male Puberty Rite
55
Hunting Proscriptions
56
Pahmoo Indian Tobacco
58
My Waseeyoo Washo Indian Relations
60
My Horse Brown
61
Boarding School 190510
65
Why I Change My Name?
67
Books and Grades
68
Civilization
69
Meals and Order
70
End of the Day
71
My Stewart Nickname
73
Parties in Stewart
74
That Jesus Business
75
Saturdays in Carson City
77
Why I Leave Stewart?
78
Stewart Reprise
80
Work and Girls 191223
81
First Job
82
Ranch Work
83
Some Other Early Jobs
84
Yet Another Early Job
85
Worldnfor the Man
86
Jobs I Dont Like
87
One Boss I Especially Like
90
My Grandma Remarries
93
Coyote Dreamin
94
Them City Girls
98
Waseeyoo Girls
99
Ranch Work in Mason Valley
100
My Wife
101
Celia Macks Real Name
104
Marital Bliss
106
Reflections on Bachelorhood
107
Italians Potatoes Homemade Wine 192358
109
Aytayay Stinginess
111
My Boss Amos Macarini Mencarini
112
The Bosss Wife
113
Life on the Potato Plantation
114
One Nuumuu Death One Bunkhouse
116
Our Own House to Live in
117
The Real Deal
118
Homemade Aytayay Wine
119
Bootleggin
121
Indian Bootleggers
122
How I Learn to Drink?
123
HardDrinkin
124
One Time Though
127
Why Indians Drink?
128
Chinese Opium 18961931
129
Beginnings of Opiate Addiction in Smith and Mason Valley
130
Alternative Origin
131
The Chinese Connection
132
The Indian Connection
144
Sell
147
Willy Muldoons Base of Operations
148
Sellinfor Willy Muldoon
150
Driving Mishap
152
Am Nearly Arrested
153
Willy He Get Caught
155
George Emm Last of the YenShee Sellers
156
Alternative Version
157
Sanalow
158
Sellin Morphine
159
Waseeyoo Morphine Sellers
161
Mike Rube Last of the Indian Sellers?
162
Withdrawal Symptoms
164
OvertheCounter Remedies
166
Once More Once
167
Geography of Addiction
169
My Gripe
170
Some Real OldTimers 18961940
173
Another Time
174
Am Arrested
175
Wodzeewob 1870 Ghost Dance Prophet
177
Jack Wilson Wovoka 1890 Ghost Dance Prophet
179
Jack Wilsons Booha Power
181
Jack Wilsons Dances
182
Doctored by Jack Wilson
184
Hongo Virginia City Paiute Rubber
185
A Different Kind of Cure
187
Tom Mitchell
188
Nuumuu Puharr Witchcraft
189
Tom Mitchells WitchinWay
191
Love Tom Mitchells Daughters
192
The Death of Jack Wilson
193
Pneumonia Exposure
194
Exposure Pneumonia
195
The Death of Tom Mitchell
199
Ben Lancaster Chief Gray Horse Peyotist
200
That Peeyot Business
201
Never Mix Never Worry
203
Retirement Years 195474
207
Campbell Ranch Land Assignment?
208
No More Spuds
209
Ya eep Death
210
Death of a Wife
211
Move to Mason Valley
212
Attempted Reconciliation with My Boss
213
Some More Real OldTimers
215
Tales of Booha
219
More Tales of Supernatural Power
220
Natoondweba Animal Teaching Stories
222
The Flood and Other Animal Teachings
224
Giants and Waterbabies
228
Wolf and Coyote
231
Karroo ool No More NothinM
232
Bad Dreams
233
No More He Comebacks
234
Disillusionment?
236
A Conversation
239
Appendix
243
Appendix
257
Bibliography
371
Index
385
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About the author (1996)

Michael Hittman is chairman of the Anthropology and Sociology Department and a professor at Long Island University, Brooklyn. He is the author of Wovoka and the Ghost Dance: A Sourcebook and A Numa History: The Yerington Paiute Tribe.

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