STORY OF THE SHEEPMANIS TOLD WITHOUT GLAMOR
Three animals played major roles inSouthwestern history, all of them gifts ofold Spain. They modified the lives of whiterr.an and Indian alike; they provided thebasis for the folklore and drama of theSouthwest. The horse, which made theComanche a warrior and the Anglo-Ameri-can a cowboy, has finished his role. TheLonghorn has disappeared. But the sheepstays on and his importance is even increas-His story, from his ancient beginningsin Africa and Spain to the present intensiveexperimental stage, is told by WinifredKupper in THE GOLDEN HOOF, dedi-cated to J. Frank Dobie and published inMay 1945 by Alfred A.
New York.It is the story of sheep and of the menwho moved with them through Texas andNew Mexico, of the Indians and cowmenand squatters and wolf packs and blizzardsand droughts that beset their progress.
Kupper has not had to rely sofelyon the rather extensive bibliography shelists or even on tales of the old sheepmen,lor she was born and raised on a sheepranch at Bandera, Texas. She started out tobe a sheepwoman as a child under the wisetutelage of one of the old-timers, RobertMaudslay—and when she walked out onthe range with her flock, she was no pictureof elegance. For she says, that was yearsbefore "the dudes from the East were toshow us what a young girl should wear inthe West.""When the writers of immigration book-lets began the campaign that was to lurethousands to the unsettled Southwest theypictured a Utopia where a man had onlyto camp out-of-doors and watch his sheepnibble the thick grass day after day whilehe enjoyed the cool breezes of summerand the warm sunlight of winter." But thatisn't the picture the author gives of thesheep industry. There was the colorful,traditional side, to be sure, but with a first-hand knowledge of all its phases, she doesnot omit the prosaic work of everyday norminimize the hardships and the dangers ofIndians, hostile cattlemen, predator ani-mals and the elements.One of the many interesting chaptersdeals with the Navajo woman, who is bothherder and weaver, and who more thananyone else in the Southwest has made thesheep business a career and a creative life.Frontispiece from oil painting by N. C.Wyeth. Bound
red cloth stamped ingold, printed on goldenrod. 203 pp. $2.75.• • •
CHINLEE RUG DESCRIBED INNAVAJO TEXTILE SERIES
The beautiful Chinlee rugs of the Na-vajo Indians, recognized by their colorschemes which in:lude various shades ofyellows and browns, warm or greenish
dull lake and brownish reds and a
The Romance of a Drop of Water and a Grain of Sand
By JULIUS F. STONEWith 300 halftone plates, this book is a graphic presentation of thenatural processes of uplift and erosion by which America's most scenicgorge was created. The author is one of the recognized authorities onthe geology of the Grand Canyon country.This book has long been out of print, but Desert Crafts Shop hasobtained a limited number of new copies which will be sent postpaid atthe publisher's original price of
Write for our complete list of books of the Southwest.
DESERT CRAFTS SHOP
El Centro, California
subdued pink, besides pastel shades, arethe result of an interesting collaboration.L. H. (Cozy) McSparron, Indian traderat Chinlee, Arizona, and Miss Mary CabotWheelwright, interested in the economicstatus of Navajo weavers, inaugurated ex-periments to eliminate both the cold drabeffect of many of the native vegetable dyesand the gaudiness of the cheap aniline
Through Miss Wheelwright's in-fluence the Du Pont chemical corporationmade up a number of easily handled dyestuffs in shades which were intended toduplicate those seen in the old faded andmellowed blankets so highly prized bycollectors. Although this experimentstarted at Chinlee (where it acquired its
the style since has spread to otherparts of the Navajo reservation.History and description of the Chinleeblanket are given in one of the most recentof the bulletins published by Laboratory ofAnthropology at Santa Fe, New Mexico.To date 16 bulletins in the General Series,relating to various types of Navajo textile
have been printed.Some of the other types treated in theseries are, the Chief Blanket, Blankets ofthe Classic Period, Slave Blanket, PictorialBlankets, Navajo Woven Dresses. Each is
x 5 inches, bound in stiff art paperand printed on fine book paper. There aremany illustrations, including halftone
depicting the finest available ex-amples of each type of textile. A set of13 bulletins is now available at $3.25.
.". 'Dictionary of California place names isbeing prepared by Dr. Erwin G. Gudde tobe published "in something over a yearfrom now" by University of California
Berkeley. It will be a "large bookand as authentic as honest and carefulscholarship can make it." On advisorycommittee is George R. Stewart, Americanliterature teacher at UC, whose
first general history of placenaming in US, recently was published byRandom House.• • •Dr. Agapito Rey, professor of Spanish atIndiana University, has been in Albuquer-que this summer collaborating with Dr.G. P. Hammond, University of New Mex-
on another in their Coronado histori-cal series on the Southwest. Series includes
The Narratives of the Coronado Expedi-
Their latest work,
Benavides Memor-ial on New Mexico,
is being published byUniversity of New Mexico Press.• • •Rosemary Taylor, following her successwith
Chicken Every Sunday,
is producingmore books with an Arizona setting. Shehas just completed
Ridin' on a Rainbow,
astory using her father's life as the theme,as the first was about her mother, and nowis writing another,
Floradora on a Pony,
based on the famous 76 ranch and itsowner Mrs. W. T. Webb.
THE DESERT MAGAZINE