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Left Handed, Son of Old Man Hat

With a simplicity as disarming as it is frank, Left Handed tells of his birth in the spring "when the cottonwood leaves were about the size of my thumbnail," of family chores such as guarding the sheep near the hogan, and of his sexual awakening. As he grows older, his account turns to life in the open: nomadic cattle-raising, farming, trading, communal enterprises, tribal dances and ceremonies, lovemaking, and marriage. As Left Handed grows in understanding and stature, the accumulated wisdom of his people is made known to him. He learns the Navajo life founded upon principles: the necessity of honesty, foresightedness, self-discipline. The style of the narrative is almost biblical in its rhythms; but biblical, too, in many respects, is the traditional way of life it recounts.
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Introducing this new edition is Luci Tapahonso, a professor of English at the University of Kansas. She is the author of A Breeze Swept Through and Saanii Dahataal-The Women Are Singing: Poems and Stories.


"An extraordinarily vivid and detailed story, full of earthily realistic dialogue, told with an amazing story teller's craft."-The Roundup * The Roundup * "An entertaining and absorbing story about Indian life."-True West * True West * "A serious anthropological study that reads like a combination of Tobacco Road with two parts of Studs Lonigan."-New Republic * New Republic *

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