Desert Wife reveals Hilda Faunce's candid style of writing about her life as an Indian trader's wife on the Navajo reservation just before World War I. She faced challenging experiences coming from the Oregon coast to the bleakness of the southwest desert and learning the Navajo language in alien territory.
Learn the interaction between Indians and Whites in their trading. Experience how the Indians coped with sicknesses from the White man. Hear the sweetness of the Indians singing. Find out the misconception of the war when they had to register at Fort Defiance.
Hilda finally learned, in her four years on the reservation, how to appreciate the cultural differences.
"My dear grandmother," one would begin, "Come into this corner with me. We will speak slowly and not get mad. The children at my house who call you mother are hungry. They cry and call for candy and bread. Your children need shoes. In six months I will cut my wool. Allow me, to owe you twenty dollars until I shear my sheep."