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Document Details


Title: Paul Begay
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Northern Arizona University. Cline Library. Special Collections and Archives Department
Collection: United Indian Traders Association Oral History Collection
Description: ...Well, as I remember being told by my mother, I was born when the snow was this high. (holds out hand, about three to four feet from floor) Now, the Navajo people don't keep records, they don't have written records, so all the records are kept by memory... back in those days, it is understood that it snowed all in December. So when January comes, the snow is this high. When I got introduced into the education system, they put as my birth date, January. What day, we don't know. Everybody took a wild guess, said "third sounds good." So they put January 3. What about the year? See, that's where the difficulty comes in... they tell me today I'm forty-five years old, give or take a couple of years, because we don't know. So that's the way my so-called "official" records say, January 3, 1952. I know for sure, according to my mother's story, January is correct. But I have questions about the day I was born, the third, and the year 1952.
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1998 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Begay, Paul
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker race: American Indian
Document date: 10-Feb-1998
Interviewer: Underhill, Karen
Organizations discussed: United Indian Traders Assocation, 1931-1997
Locations discussed: North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: American Indian; Commerce; Indian reservations; Indians of North America; Indians of North America--Commerce; Navajo Indians--United States; North America; Oral history; Trading posts; United Indian Traders Assocation, 1931-1997; United States
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0025983-27931