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Document Details


Title: Sallie Wagner
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, a woman would come in with a rug, and she would come in very quietly, carrying the rug wrapped up in a flour sack. She would look around, finally, and if any of her friends--and most of them were her friends--she would eventually go over and touch hands. You know, [the Navajos] don't really shake hands, they just touch hands. Then she'd probably sit down on the loafers' bench and sit there for an hour or so. Then she'd come up and put the rug, still wrapped in the flour sack, on the counter. Then one of us would take the rug back into the room where we kept the rugs and unwrap it and spread it out and look at it and decide what we were going to give for it. We paid very high prices for the rugs that pleased us. We liked the simple patterns. Then she usually would follow us back, and we'd tell her how much we would give her, whereupon she would demand more, but we never bargained, simply because we didn't like to--and anyway, we always gave high prices. So she would agree, usually.
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1998 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Wagner, Sallie, 1913-
Speaker gender: Female
Speaker date of birth: 1913
Speaker place of birth: Wheeling, WV; West Virginia; United States; North America
Speaker race: White
Speaker occupation: Tradesman
Age at speaking: 85
Document date: 15-Dec-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: OHI0026017-27969