By Will Evans
Will Evans's writings may still discover a specified 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 such a lot of his fellow investors, he had a powerful curiosity in Navajo tradition. the hassle he made to checklist and proportion what he realized definitely was once strange. He released within the Farmington and New Mexico newspapers and different periodicals, compiling lots of his items right into a e-book manuscript. His matters have been Navajos he knew and traded with, their tales of ancient occasions equivalent to the lengthy stroll, and outlines in their tradition as he, an intruder with no educational education, understood it. Evans's writings have been coloured through his fondness for, unusual entry to, and friendships with Navajos, and via who he used to be: a dealer, people artist, and Mormon. He properly portrayed the operations of a buying and selling put up and knew either the cloth and creative price of Navajo crafts. His artwork used to be as a rule encouraged via Navajo sandpainting. He appropriated and, without doubt, 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 was once consultant of a giant category of often-overlooked investors. a lot of the Navajo exchange within the 4 Corners area and farther west was once operated through Mormons. that they had an important old position as intermediaries, or agents, among local and eu American peoples during this a part of the West. good hooked up on the middle of that international, Evans used to be a great spokesperson.
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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.
Most white men were either not interested or did not have the trust and respect of Navajos necessary to view these holy images. Evans obtained both, was intent on preserving this aspect of culture, and was fascinated by their intricate beauty. He explains, I acquired the hobby of collecting copies of sandpaintings and the stories that go with them. So, for years, I have been watching the making 15 Evans with his prized Dominick rooster, 1920s. Behind is the original Shiprock Trading Post. The tin shed stored pelts, oil, and other inventory.
G. 16 For the next few years he put in stints at Two Grey Hills, Sanostee, and other posts; he worked as well for the C. H. Algert Trading Company in Fruitland as a bookkeeper. 17 This enterprise ﬁgured heavily in the Navajo trade of the Four Corners region. It took its name from the original owner, who, although not a Mormon, worked with them in the Tuba City area until that land became part of the Navajo Reservation in 1900. When the settlers moved to Fruitland, Algert followed and established his company.