By Michael Hittman

Corbett Mack (1892–1974), was once a Northern Paiute of combined ancestry, stuck among local American and white worlds. A iteration prior to, his tribe had introduced forth the prophet Wovoka, whose Ghost Dance swept the Indian international within the Nineties. Mack’s international was once a harsh and sour position after the final local American uprisings were brutally overwhelmed; a lifetime of servitude to white farmers and dependancy to opium. Hittman makes use of Mack’s personal phrases to retell his tale, an uncompromising account of a traumatized existence that typified his new release, but still made significant during the perseverance of Paiute cultural traditions. 

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And so Big Mack, his mom, both sister, they leave Schurz for Missouri Flat. 'Cause pretty tough wage, them days, by God: ten cent a day! But the Old Man, he say he can do any them real old-time jobs: grubbin' sagebrush, irrigatin' work, harvestin' hay, stackin' job .... And once in a while, too, I guess he can be a milker. But main job when he's young is buckaroo. 'Cause he's a pakyera 'a [vaquero or cowboy] that time. Yes, sir! Buckaroo for Old Man [Dan] Simpson when he move up to Smith Valley: catch wild horses and break 'em.

Says he's a chief, been on that Churchill [1860 Pyramid Lake] War [sec. 17]. , bulletproof], neither. No, sir! Got his horse at Desert Creek-'cause there's plenty salt and pasture there .... Get [captures] 'em by that old way, too: puttin' out ongabee [salt]. But they're not real mustang he catch. No, sir! Some kind wild horse. . Small pony with short ear. . Different kind poogoo from what we got .... And same way, my grandfather, he teach Big Mack to ride, how to throw that rope underhand style ....

No, sir! Just tweeze out his moosoowee [mustache or facial hairs] with his finger. Then taste 'em, so he knows they're out. But one thing I know I never did hear-that Old Man call me doowa [son). No, sir! My mom, she call me that. My grandma, she call me moo 'a [daughter's son). Same way I call her that [self-reciprocal kinship term] back. But Big Mack, he just call me by my name, Corbett. Same way, too, I don't call him na 'a 'father', neither. No, sir! Just mention his name, that's all. Call him Mack.

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