Rocks and Things

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 15
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1983
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title Rocks and Things
Description pottery wasn't any bigger. You could see traces of Indian painting on the bit of clay. What had it once been? A cup? A Jar? The tiny teacup seemed too large for a packrat to carry, but Pat assured me that packrats could carry things much too large for their size if they wanted them badly enough. Apparently this packrat had wanted the cup. Who was the little girl who had lost the yellow, flowered tea-cup from her set of "doll dishes"? Had she missed it and searched for it? Had she cried when it was lost and couldn't be found? Pat told me about some of the arrowheads, too. He explained where and under what conditions he had found some of them. Some had come from piles of flint chips. Some had never been completely shaped. What had gone wrong that they were discarded without being finished? Were they misshapen? Or had the Indian craftsman been attacked by other Indians ... or perhaps white men? Some had broken tips. Had they broken when they lodged in some animal or bird? Or had they been broken through the carelessness of the hunter? Some had come from the desert, some from the mountains. What stories could be learned from each of the items in the box! How I wished that each could tell its story to me. I was ecstatic to think Pat had kept his promise, and his "treasures" now belonged to me. Mother helped me mount each of the arrowheads, the pottery shard, the teeth, the rattles, the striped rock on a backing of cardboard, then frame them with a gold-colored frame. They were now my treasures to share with classmates on a special day at school. For many years the mounted collection hung in my room at home. Years passed. I married and moved away, leaving my collection at home where it would be safe. Pat died.4 Over the years I thought about the collection and wanted to bring it "home" with me to Idaho.5 Then I learned it had been taken to school by my brother. There many of the arrowheads, the rattles and the teeth had disappeared. I wondered who had taken them, what meaning they had had for those who took them. I wondered if they had any idea at all about the man who had collected them. Probably not. I'm sure my brother didn't. He hadn't known and loved Pat the way I had. He was too young then. -21-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 15
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-18
Date Modified 2005-02-18
ID 323057
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