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Oh, it was deep, deep was the sandy- gravel. As the ditch deepened [from their shoveling], the mounded-bank rose [from their tossing]. Ñe:, t am aha wa i ñei hegai kowinal da:sa, mat i dahiwa i:ya, hi: matt pi t- na:ko. Look, then the one whom the government seated saw it, he who sat here [the white superintendent], that we couldn't do it. Ñe:, t am hema bei Parkert amjedk i uapa, k am s-ap ju:, k am dai. Look, and he got one from Parker [Mojave Indian agency, Arizona] and brought it, and put it together, and sat it down.

The old social dancing was thriving; the community was running its own activities; the old mythology told a full and satisfactory history of the world. The Pimas were modernizing but proud because their ten acres could pay for the little that they wanted to buy from whites, the masters and merchants of modernism. But Paul and many like him desired the next, improved stage of modern homelife: lumber roofs, running water, electricity, cars, bedspreads, etc. This required money beyond what ten acres could provide.

One can say without stretching things that these were the good old days at Salt River. The old social dancing was thriving; the community was running its own activities; the old mythology told a full and satisfactory history of the world. The Pimas were modernizing but proud because their ten acres could pay for the little that they wanted to buy from whites, the masters and merchants of modernism. But Paul and many like him desired the next, improved stage of modern homelife: lumber roofs, running water, electricity, cars, bedspreads, etc.

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