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MOHAVE SKETCHES

Author: Carroll S. Farley

Illustrations: Doris Lightwine
Copyright � 1973, C. Farley & D. Lightwine
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                      Sketches - Mohave Indians
This book is dedicated to the old-timers who pioneered this country and lived with the original inhabitants.  I spent many hours drawing out facts on the lifestyle of the Mohave Indians from these pioneers.  One of my informants was nearly ninety when I talked to him in the late 1930's.  He had left a freight wagon as a teenager because his boss had beaten him.  For several years thereafter he lived with the Mohave Indians in their camps.  From sources such as this, I was able to get details of Mohave life which a casual observer could never have seen.

The Mohaves were large, fat, powerful people.  They were peace-loving and agricultural, and, unlike most Indian tribes, they accepted the white man.  It is one Mohave Sketches - Lightwine of the tragedies of American history that those tribes which were peace-loving and trusted the white man did not fare as well as those who kept their own customs and resisted the white man fiercely.

The following illustrated pages deal with different aspects of Mohave life.  The first part describes the Mohave Indians before the culture of the white man strongly influenced their lifestyle.  The latter part illustrates the degeneration caused by the white man's influence.
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