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Publisher:  Beverly's, Ltd. ISBN-10:  0967188520 Type: 

Copyright:  Apr 14 2000

Beverly's, Ltd.

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."

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The narration made me feel like I was right there with her.

It was especially interesting to hear about our heritage and the cultural differences during that time is an amazing audio book. We lost track of time we were so into it. "Tucson Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired."

Midwest Book Review
Desert Wife is highly recommended listening for students of Native American studies, the 20th century American west and Women's studies."Midwest Review"

Arizona Daily Star
Desert Wife is part of a fascinating collection of pioneer women's experiences. It is read by Jane Merrifield-Beecher who seems happily comfortable with Navajo words and names. "

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