By Will Evans
Will Evans's writings should still discover a precise area of interest within the small yet major physique of literature from and approximately investors to the Navajos. Evans was once the owner of the Shiprock buying and selling corporation. most likely greater than such a lot of his fellow investors, he had a robust curiosity in Navajo tradition. the hassle he made to checklist and proportion what he discovered definitely was once strange. He released within the Farmington and New Mexico newspapers and different periodicals, compiling a lot of his items right into a ebook manuscript. His matters have been Navajos he knew and traded with, their tales of ancient occasions equivalent to the lengthy stroll, and outlines in their tradition as he, an intruder with no educational education, understood it. Evans's writings have been coloured via his fondness for, unusual entry to, and friendships with Navajos, and via who he was once: a dealer, people artist, and Mormon. He adequately portrayed the operations of a buying and selling submit and knew either the fabric and inventive price of Navajo crafts. His paintings was once usually encouraged by way of Navajo sandpainting. He appropriated and, doubtless, occasionally misappropriated that sacred artwork to color surfaces and gadgets of every kind. As a Mormon, he had specific perspectives of who the Navajos have been and what they believed and used to be consultant of a giant category of often-overlooked investors. a lot of the Navajo exchange within the 4 Corners quarter and farther west was once operated by way of Mormons. that they had an important old function as intermediaries, or agents, among local and ecu American peoples during this a part of the West. good hooked up on the middle of that international, Evans used to be an exceptional spokesperson.
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Which the Indian has not . . ” Having thus shown he shared some of the racist attitudes of his times, he still asserted that the Indian has been “in touch with that ‘Higher Power’ for many, many generations. . ” No doubt, Evans was referring to Jesus Christ, based upon his Book of Mormon orientation, yet he did not explicitly say so. As for Indians being the “original Spiritualists” and “Psychics”, he believed that a real medicine man would “laugh” to be called such. He had taken the time to ask a medicine man about Reddy’s situation and inquired into the possibilities of serving as a proxy.
The Book of Mormon mentions a number of transoceanic crossings, which Evans accepted as true. By examining contemporary Navajo practices, he believed one could ﬁnd proof. ”44 The fall of the Nephites at the end of the book signaled the loss of a written language; and so Indians went to a form of picture writing, proof of which the Spanish destroyed during their conquests in South and Central America. The pictographs and petroglyphs etched into the rocks and alcoves of the Southwest are a remnant of this knowledge and mark the farthest advance of Central American Indian expansion.
He also raises the dead as did Christ. Another Holy Being is swallowed by a great ﬁsh, as is Jonah. 23 Sarah and Will holding a framed cross found in a cliff dwelling near Shiprock. To Evans, this was proof of the Ancestral Puebloans’ (Anasazi) tie to the Book of Mormon. Photo by Richard P. Evans. First Man and First Woman, comparable to Adam and Eve, are never portrayed in sandpaintings because of their sacredness. 47 There is a worldwide ﬂood similar to the one encountered by Noah. 48 Another Holy Being has a rod that shoots forth buds as did Aaron’s.