%> Nevada Riches: The Land and People of the Silver State
People & Life Ways
Riches, Ranching & Railroads
(1850-1900)

Childhood Memories

"Our children are very carefully taught to be good.  Their parents tell them stories, traditions of old times, even of the first mother of the human race; and love stories, stories of giants, and fables; and when they ask if these last stories are true, they answer, "Oh, it is only coyote," which means that they are make-believe stories.  Coyote is the name of a mean, crafty little animal, half wolf, half dog, and stands for everything low.  It is the greatest term of reproach one Indian has for another.

We are taught to love everybody.  We don't need to be taught to love our fathers and mothers.  We love them without being told to do so."
 
 
 

Reader: Alex Voorhees

Photo Credits:
Nevada Historical Society