The Indian Way

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 09
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1977
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title The Indian Way
Description Margaretha couldn't think of that time without sorrow and hopelessness getting so mixed up inside of her that she couldn't ever say anything about it. Only once had she asked about her brother. All that Mrs. Hobbs had answered was, "It's the Indian way," and then she had said, mostly to her-self, "We don't like it, but it's the Indian way." As the memory of her own early sorrow came fresh to Margaretha, she hurried with her work, hoping it would crowd out some of the great sadness that she felt. She took the bucket and milk pans to the house and quickly washed and scalded them, as Mrs. Hobbs had taught her to do. Mrs. Hobbs still sat in the low rocker, without moving, without seeing, as Margaretha came into the house. Dorothea, the eldest child, about nine years old, saw through the open door dividing the two rooms, as Margaretha entered the kitchen. She turned to her mother, from where the three children sat quietly on the rug at her feet. "Margaretha is Indian. Is she a mean Indian?" Mrs. Hobbs turned a drawn, white face to look at Mar-garetha, but there was no smile, no word of comfort. She only said, "Margaretha isn't Ute." And then absorbed again in her sorrow, she added to herself, "What will we do with Father gone, what will we ever do?" Margaretha took the bucket and pans back to the well-house, and as she walked, she thought of Mr. Hobbs, and of his kindness toward her. Always he had expected Margaretha to do her chores, and both he and his wife had treated her as one of their own. And Margaretha had gone to the white man's school, and had taken responsibility on the farm to help where she could. Mrs. Hobbs had often left the children with her, and since baby Johnny was born, she had turned the responsibility of little Evelyn over to Margaretha. They had become great friends, and now Dorothea was old enough that she often took care of the baby. Margaretha had learned that she was a Piede Indian. Mrs. Hobbs had bought her from her captor when she was very small, and had taught her that she would have to learn the white man's ways, because the Indians here were Utes. She -41-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 9
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324877
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