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By Michael Hittman

Corbett Mack (1892–1974), used to be a Northern Paiute of combined ancestry, stuck among local American and white worlds. A iteration earlier than, his tribe had introduced forth the prophet Wovoka, whose Ghost Dance swept the Indian global within the Eighteen Nineties. Mack’s international used to be a harsh and sour position after the final local American uprisings were brutally beaten; a lifetime of servitude to white farmers and habit to opium. Hittman makes use of Mack’s personal phrases to retell his tale, an uncompromising account of a traumatized lifestyles that typified his iteration, but still made significant throughout the perseverance of Paiute cultural traditions. 

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Yes, sir! " Drop the "Big" and put himself down for his pension [Social Security] by that other name. 9. My Real Father But you see who's my real father? Bill Douglass. 'Cause I know him, that taivo: used to be policeman in Wellington [Smith Valley], where we live .... Not marry, though, Bill Douglass, so my mom, she do that: sneak on him. And he's good to her, Bill Douglass. Good to me, too .... " Stay around [Smith Valley] till I get to be a pretty good size man, then leave. Maybe when I'm around about twelve years old?

Then after a little while I guess he change his mind. Get to be good again, look around for us .... , at a nomogwet] like that and wanna kill 'em! " What he's always sayin' to my mom. And so I'm afraid of him all the time. Big fellow, you know, Big Mack; and he's handlin' a gun. I'm little, then .... But my grandma, she's not afraid of him. No, sir! Tell him to go ahead and shoot. 'Cause my grandma, she don't like Big Mack. No, sir! Don't talk to her dogona 'a [son-in-law] too much, on account what he's doin' all the time.

Bad man! 'Cause he just witch everyone. Makes everyone to be afraid. Yes, sir! Good thing what my cousin-brother's done! 'Cause my own father's no good no more! Afraid him all the time! Sa 'ab [witch]! " Yes, sir! How my mom talk to that policeman that way.... 'Cause she know him, all right. Know what her own father's doin'. And so that other fellow [Pat Hoye], he never go to prison for what he done. He's my pavee'ee, A-peema'a-oJd[er] cousin-brother, on my grandma's side. Use moohoo '00 [opium] all the time when he come back to Smith Valley....

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