Tall sheep: Harry Goulding, Monument Valley trader by Samuel Moon

By Samuel Moon

Harry Goulding—"Tall Sheep" to the Navajos—ran a buying and selling publish in Monument Valley from 1925 to 1963. during this ebook the Gouldings, and people who knew them, inform the tale of the dealer and his spouse one of the Navajos and one of the expanding variety of Anglos, who got here to Monument Valley as viewers and whom Harry brought to the land and its humans. Samuel Moon's remark units their phrases within the context of bigger events.

The Goulding years coincide with the interval whilst the conservative, conventional humans of the distant northwestern nook of the reservation first got here to grips with the 20th century. in the course of these years the Navajos coped with the trauma of pressured inventory relief, the transition from a barter-and-pawn to a money economic system, the broadening stories of worldwide conflict II, the key mining of uranium earlier than Hiroshima, the fight to enhance schooling and clinical amenities, the emergence of democratic tribal governments, development of arterial roads in the course of the reservation, and improvement of the 1st Navajo Tribal Park in Monument Valley. And in the middle of this tumultuous swap, John Ford, situated at Goulding's, filmed his westerns.

Tall Sheep is a publication approximately humans. during this oral historical past, Moon captures the residing voice of every speaker and, via these voices, whole levels of character and personality: Harry himself, his spouse Mike, many Navajos, and numerous Anglos—workers, viewers, and wanderers—drawn to distant and lovely Monument Valley. Samuel Moon's portrait of a pioneering dealer in Navajo kingdom brings to existence the occasions of an period far-off from our personal, as they play out within the mentioned reviews of those colourful people.

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There was an old piano in there and we were playing and singing, and Harry was sitting over there in a chair. He and the old fella that ran the hotel were good friends, so he'd come there for his dinner, and afterwards he was just sitting there having a good time. He looked like a rancher. He had his old jumper, his levis and boots, and a western hat. I just liked the looks of him. There were no introductions or anything, but I found out afterwards who Page 12 he was. I was impressed, naturally, and I guess I favorably impressed him, because we finally got to going together.

We ran out of grub. First we traded our spurs for goat meat, that old Arbuckle's coffee, flour and salt, baking powder. It was Paiutes in there, and they traded then at, Oljeto was there, and going up toward Shiprock there was a trading post over in there. The Wetherills were at Kayenta, but Oljeto was a little closer to the Paiutes to trade. Finally we came to our saddlebags and our chaps, and then our bridles. After we traded them, we used a rope for a halter. We even traded our lariat rope. We had to use a piece of our pack rope, put it around the nose of the horse, tie it and then put it around his neck; you can make a kind of a halter out of it.

We'd got down to the Valley before Harry started calling me Mike. And then of course everybody else picked it up. The reason was that he never could spell my name right. When I went to California before we were married, he wrote letters to me and kept spelling it wrong. ] Bless his heart. Maurice Knee: The first water Harry and Mike had, when they were still in tents, they developed that little spring around up Rock Door Canyon. There's a little side canyon up there, you just keep going left and left and left.

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