By Will Evans
Will Evans's writings may still discover a certain area of interest within the small yet major physique of literature from and approximately investors to the Navajos. Evans used to be the owner of the Shiprock buying and selling corporation. most likely greater than so much of his fellow investors, he had a powerful curiosity in Navajo tradition. the hassle he made to checklist and proportion what he realized definitely used to be strange. He released within the Farmington and New Mexico newspapers and different periodicals, compiling lots of his items right into a publication manuscript. His matters have been Navajos he knew and traded with, their tales of historical occasions resembling the lengthy stroll, and outlines in their tradition as he, an intruder with no educational education, understood it. Evans's writings have been coloured by means of his fondness for, unusual entry to, and friendships with Navajos, and by way of who he used to be: a dealer, folks artist, and Mormon. He competently portrayed the operations of a buying and selling put up and knew either the fabric and inventive worth of Navajo crafts. His paintings used to be generally encouraged via Navajo sandpainting. He appropriated and, doubtless, occasionally misappropriated that sacred artwork to color surfaces and gadgets of every kind. As a Mormon, he had specific perspectives of who the Navajos have been and what they believed and used to be consultant of a big category of often-overlooked investors. a lot of the Navajo alternate within the 4 Corners sector and farther west was once operated by way of Mormons. they'd an important old function as intermediaries, or agents, among local and eu American peoples during this a part of the West. good attached on the heart of that international, Evans used to be an outstanding spokesperson.
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Heaps, victims of the bitter northwest winds and snow. I knew that when spring came there would be thousands of carcasses huddled in the gullies. The ghostly remains of animals, frozen where they stood, were now completely covered by drifting snow. “Before long, trading stock of the most vitally needed supplies was gone. I was forced to close the store, saving a supply of food to sustain myself until relief arrived. The long winter of loneliness and inactivity dragged on. I had an old Hammond typewriter and a supply of paper so I tried my hand at composing poems and essays.
69 Between 1924 and 1954, he frequently contributed to the local paper, The Farmington Hustler. He persisted for years, recording lore, biography, history, and observations as he went. Although he worked on this manuscript for eight years, he was never able to bring it to fruition. In 1945, he bequeathed all of his materials to Richard, who showed more of an interest in it than the other children. ”70 Richard took his charge seriously. For thirty years, he safeguarded and performed light editing by shortening some of the longer sentences and removing some of the anachronisms in the writing style.
Just as the Lord spoke to Job out of a whirlwind, so is there a Navajo being, Dinay-De Ginnie [Dinééh Diyiní (Holy Young Man)], who has a similar experience. He also raises the dead as did Christ. Another Holy Being is swallowed by a great ﬁsh, as is Jonah. 23 Sarah and Will holding a framed cross found in a cliff dwelling near Shiprock. To Evans, this was proof of the Ancestral Puebloans’ (Anasazi) tie to the Book of Mormon. Photo by Richard P. Evans. First Man and First Woman, comparable to Adam and Eve, are never portrayed in sandpaintings because of their sacredness.