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We have to walk further and further each day to gather mesquite roots for firewood and to hunt. The men and boys who are not too weak to work are being made to work on the fort. We are building our own prison! Yesterday, I helped to fill the barrels with river water. Today, I am helping to mix adobe for the bricks. Tomorrow, I will help haul the dirt for bricks from the plains. The officers' quarters are finished. The mess hall is lacking only a roof. The barracks and outbuildings are to be built next.

A young woman touched his elbow. " "Aoo'," he answered, nodding. The reaction was immediate and joyous. " the people cried. " Page 31 NAAKI (TWO) CHILD OF THE GLITTERING WORLD Page 33 Shikéyah (My homeland) From my house, on a clear morningbecause we are situated high up on the alluvial apron fronting the Chuska MountainsI can see a wide sweep of my beloved homeland. From there, I am reminded of who I am: I am not alone, nor am I the first. The land has birthed and sustained all my grandmothers and grandfathers.

Atop the highest peak First Man found an infant who was Asdzáán Nádleehí, Changing Woman, the most beloved of all the deities. He took her home, and because she was holy, she reached maturity in four days. After a time, Changing Woman left to live on Dzilná'oodilii. While she was living there she bathed in a waterfall and basked in the Sun. In four days, she gave birth to twin boys, who were the sons of the waterfall and the Sun. They were Tóbágíshchíní (Born-for-Water), and Naayéé'neizghání (Monster Slayer).

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