By J. Eric Thompson, George E. Stuart

A Catalog of Maya Hieroglyphs (Civilization of the yank Indian)

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My father always let them park the house trailer at the ranch, and I went along on countless trips with them to visit Anasazi ruins and geological sites. Mr. Winton was a professor of geology, Mrs. Winton a professor of botany. In addition to teaching me about these subjects, they were also incredibly well informed about the archaeology and history of the Southwest, as well as the birds and mammals of the region. My father was also acquainted with the early archaeologists who were engaged in pioneering studies of the prehistoric Anasazi culture.

I also learned how to feed orphaned lambs with baby bottles of cow's milk when no new mother could be found for them. At the age of three to four weeks, the lambs all had to be earmarked and the males to be raised for the market had to be castrated. Both operations were bloody, especially the castration, for in those days the process was executed as follows: one herder held the lamb on his butt, securely keeping a grip on all four legs, while another cut the bottom off the scrotal sac and extracted the testicles with his teeth.

I remember distinctly how he lined us up under a pinyon tree outside the ranch house and performed the baptismal rite on all of us. ) As a result of this childhood in the wilds of New Mexico my first encounter with the Christian Bible came when it appeared as required reading in the Humanities I survey course at the University of Chicago. To me there is nothing sacred about the Bible, and I believe this has been an advantage in my later studies of religion, ceremony, and ritual in various cultures.

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