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Old 08-30-2018, 09:42 AM   #6
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Yes.

I hear stories and a number like that and I marvel at the strength of the old times folks. Even if he had two wives at once -- I have no idea if the Apache ever did that -- imagine the loss and grief embodied in that number. The number of women with whom he made a home, had children, prayed, laughed, and worked that he lost. Women killed by war, disease, childbirth, accident....

How do you muster the emotional energy to take the risk of taking another wife? Siring another child? Even if you form a marriage of convenience, because the old lifestyle required the labor of both sexes to form a viable economic unit, you're going to get attached. How do you do it?

In the face of that, I am amazed that there are any Indian people today. What faith and strength the ancestors must have had to risk bring a child into a post-apocalyptic world. Hecel oyate nin nipi kte.
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