On the Borders of Love and Power: Families and Kinship in by David Wallace Adams, Crista DeLuzio

By David Wallace Adams, Crista DeLuzio

Embracing the crossroads that made the zone detailed this publication unearths how American households have continuously been characterised via higher variety than idealizations of the conventional relations have allowed. The essays exhibit how relatives existence figured prominently in kinfolk to greater struggles for conquest and control.

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So it was her and I that were raised by Mrs. Wetherill. She tried to raise other Navajo kids, but they either died or didn’t want to live with them or something. ” Rodgers particularly recalled meeting “all kinds of great people. There were all kinds of artists, writers, painters, and movie stars. ” Rodgers and her sister Fanny went to grade school in Kayenta, which she remembered fondly: “We had it made then. ” Rodgers and her sister then went to live with their adoptive sister in Mesa, Arizona, where they attended high school and she met her white husband, with whom she established a trading post on the Navajo reservation.

And a friend . . ” Yet although she searched for her family throughout her adult life, Wa Wa Chaw could never find her relatives. Her search experience suggests that she had been stolen or sold. While Wa Wa Chaw and Mary Duggan stayed with an Indian family in southern California, two Indian boys mysteriously disappeared. Although the local sheriff denied any knowledge of their whereabouts, Wa Wa Chaw found them in the nearby hospital. Both boys had been beaten so severely by a white man who had offered them each a nickel to deliver a letter that one died from his wounds and the other had to stay in the hospital for seven months.

That was way back when I was four years old. Although Louisa Wetherill’s story of Betty’s adoption differs, it is equally vague. The adoption is arranged through the boarding school and neither the authorities nor Wetherill mentions the wishes of Betty’s parents and family. Bonita Wa Wa Calachaw’s adoption was equally ad hoc. She was allegedly born on Christmas Day in 1888 in the southern California desert to a woman who may have been a member of the Rincon band of the Luiseño people. According to Wa Wa Chaw, Mary Duggan was “passing through California on her way East and, having to make connections for her return home, had to wait for two or three days.

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