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Series III: Photographs
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BOX 5 The first old man I met at Zuni (name unknown), September, 1963
35 mm color slide
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This was on my first visit to Zuni on the way back from my last year of training in linguistics at the University of Oklahoma. Upon arriving at Zuni, I began to walk around the village, and came across this old man. The old man's daughter stepped out of her house when I stopped to visit with him. She spoke English, so I asked her how to tell the old man "Hello." Then I asked her to ask him to let me take his picture. He consented, so I took the picture, then asked his daughter how to say "thank you" in Zuni. I took the picture, and said, "Elahkwa." I was speaking Zuni.
BOX 5 Rex Natewa, my first language helper, 1965
35 mm color slide
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He was the native pastor of the Christian Reformed Mission at Zuni.
BOX 5 Rex Natewa, my first language helper, 1965
35 mm color slide
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Rex was a literalist, when it came to teaching me to speak Zuni. I asked him how I would tell someone, "I'm glad (that) you came," after they had visited me. His response in Zuni was two separate declarative statements: "I'm glad" and "You came". Neither statement had anything to do with the other. Rex passed away in 1965. I was at his bedside, when he died.
BOX 5 Longkeena Nash, the storyteller, 1967
35 mm color slide
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Photo taken in front of my home at Zuni in 1967.
BOX 5 Longkeena Nash, the storyteller, 1965-1977
35 mm color slide
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Longkeena would sometimes stop by after going to the trading post.
BOX 5 Longkeena, 1965-1977
35 mm color slide
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Almost all of my early language learning was in visits such as this with old men. Consequently, I learned an older dialect of Zuni; so much so that a high schooler in the literacy class I taught in summer school commented: "Cook, he talks like an old man."
BOX 5 Na:dusa (Lorenzo Chavez), my primary language helper, 1965-1973
35 mm color slide
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BOX 5 Na:dusa (Lorenzo Chavez), 1965-1977
35 mm color slide
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Lorenzo was believed to be in his late 90's when I first met him.
BOX 5 Na:dusa (Lorenzo Chavez), 1965-1977
35 mm color slide
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My times with Lorenzo, were among the richest and most memorable of my entire fifteen years at Zuni.
BOX 5 Old man Lashhina Hu'tsi, Owaleon Nash, 1965-1977
35 mm color slide
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Old man Lashhina Hu'tsi, Owaleon Nash, believed to have been over 100 years old in this picture.
BOX 5 Old man Lashhina Hu'tsi, Owaleon Nash, 1965-1977
35 mm color slide
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In a session with Owaleon Nash, I was trying to find an equivalent term for the Biblical concept of "repentance." I told him in Zuni that "repentance" was what you do when you are walking one direction on your road of life (an appropriate metaphor in Zuni for one's personal conduct), and you decide that you're not walking the right way; so you "change your road" (i.e., "you change your behavior"). After giving the idea some thought, he said "How can I change my road? I'm a Zuni."
BOX 5 At work once again with Lorenzo Chavez, 1965-1977
35 mm color slide
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BOX 5 Lorenzo and I spent many hours at his small house at Ojo Caliente, a farming village 13 miles west of Zuni village, 1965-1973
35 mm color slide
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BOX 5 Lorenzo Chavez, 1965-1977
35 mm color slide
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Lorenzo was always sharp, and had an exceptional memory. His input into the translation work was extremely reliable, and he was so highly respected among the people that it was very much to my advantage to have used him as my primary language helper.
BOX 5 For several years, when we lived in a small house behind the Vanderwagen Trading Post, I did my work in a small camping trailer next to the house, 1965-1977
35 mm color slide
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BOX 5 In my new study at Blackrock, 5 miles east of Zuni village, where we lived from 1972 to 1977, 1972-1973
35 mm color slide
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BOX 5 In my study, 1972-1973
35 mm color slide
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In my study, I maintained a very rigorous schedule, working 9-10 hours a day, doing something in which I took great delight; but I also sought to balance desk work with visiting in the village, affording me opportunities to hear and to speak the language in different contexts.
BOX 5 At my desk, 1965-1973
35 mm color slide
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At my desk – using several commentaries, and English translations of the Bible, as well as the original Greek text, I prepared the first draft to be checked for accuracy with a Zuni speaker later.
BOX 5 At my desk, 1965-1973
35 mm color slide
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At my desk – the translation was checked periodically by an experienced translation consultant from the Summer Institute of Linguistics. The checking sessions were conducted with a native speaker present, and the consultants concluded that the Zuni translation was of highest quality, in terms of both its faithfulness to the original text and accuracy, communicating the right concepts to native speakers.
BOX 5 Peter Neha, 1965-1977
35 mm color slide
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I spent a only a short time in my translation work with Peter Neha, father of fourteen children. He was kept busy with his livelihood: making adobe bricks (see slides 141-149). (NOTE) Unfortunately, I do not have photographs of several others who helped me with the translation from time to time. Among them, Rex Chimoni, who was native pastor at the Christian Reformed Mission after the passing of Rex Natewa. Mr. Chimoni became a very good friend, and was an excellent language helper. Other helpers were: Arthur and Floyd Owaleon, and Lincoln Harker, Spencer Nashboo, and John Cheama.
BOX 5 Zuni welcoming sign at the northern reservation boundary, 1963-1978
35 mm color slide
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BOX 5 Zuni mesas in the distance, 1963-1972
35 mm color slide
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BOX 5 Mesas to the south of the sacred mountain, Dowa Yalanne ("corn mountain"), 1963-1976
35 mm color slide
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BOX 5 Aerial view of Zuni village, 1963-1978
35 mm color slide
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BOX 5 Zuni village at sunset (from the south side of the Zuni river), 1963-1970
35 mm color slide
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BOX 5 Aerial view of Blackrock, site of the Indian Health Service hospital and a small number of residences 5 miles east of Zuni village, 1963-1978
35 mm color slide
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BOX 5 Rainbow over the north end of Dowa Yalanne, with remnants of a stone wall in the foreground, 1963-1978
35 mm color slide
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BOX 5 A small stone house on highway 53, 10 miles east of Zuni, 1963-1972
35 mm color slide
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BOX 5 Abandoned stone house with Kwili Yala:we ("Twin Buttes") in the background, 1963-1978
35 mm color slide
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BOX 5 Malapai stone house under construction in the main village, 1963-1978
35 mm color slide
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BOX 5 Adobe bricks used in construction of many Zuni homes, 1963-1978
35 mm color slide
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BOX 5 Cinder block home in Zuni village, 1963-1967
35 mm color slide
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BOX 5 Stone and cinder block home located at the junction of highway 53 and the road going to the south side of the river, 1963-1978
35 mm color slide
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BOX 5 A home my family shared with an elderly Zuni couple when we first moved to Zuni on January 1, 1964
35 mm color slide
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BOX 5 Winters at Zuni, 1964
35 mm color slide
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Winters at Zuni can be very cold. On the day we arrived in 1964, the temperature was 10 degrees below zero, and there was ice and snow on the ground
BOX 5 100 year-old adobe house behind Kelsey Trading Post, 1964-1965
35 mm color slide
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