Another letter from Keams Canyon.
Sunday night [added in pencil: 1/31/65] Hello, Hello. Just back from lovely day: Went to dances in the morning, then returned here for a tea for the new Superintendent of the Hopi agency, who is a lovely lovely person and worth returning to a tea for; then traveled out to Third Mesa, missed the dance there, stopped deleriously at the wonderful wonderful Hopi crafts shop (managed to get away with spending only $6. over the budget; next time they'll get a substantial-er portion of the paycheck.) (What the hell did I come out here for if not to buy beautiful crafts and suchlike?) (among other things, Of Course.) then returned to First Mesa (scene of the Morning's dance) for the last dance of the day, just at dusk, high wind and magnificent rhythm of drum, chant, dancers. The Hopis are very beautiful people in every way. Yesterday Mrs Schmidt (our noble benefactress) took us to Canyon de Chelly, (look on the map) and the fabulous Garcia's Trading Post at Chinle. This is the best place to buy Navajo rugs in this part of the reservation. Choices are difficult: I go for the natural colors, or earth colors as they're called: browns, greens, yellows, ochres in non-frenzied and xxxxxxxxxxxxx non-representational designs: None of the ones like those I like are shown in the postcard I sent, though some of the ones in the back approach...... anyway, I bought three, two of which they're holding for the next paycheck. My own favorite I brought home. One of the others is for Gretchen and Louis's wedding present; the other is for you if you like it. You ought to get it in about a month and x see for yourself. I think it's a beauty; one of the finest patterns I've seen; Mrs. Schmidt, who's collected these for about 40 years, says the craftsmanship is superb; the man who runs the rug part of the Trading Post is a recognized authority on Navajo rugs and says I have good taste. So if you don't like it I'll just simply disown you or something. (Buying them was most fun: Alice and I each had a pile of Yes, No, No-but-in-the-price-range; Yes-but-can't-afford-it and Hmmmm. We kept on narrowing down till we couldn't part with those we had left. The man who was showing xx them kept on throwing things into different piles and was so happy to find people with a genuine interest in his beautiful rugs. Though there are many collectors out here; I guess Alice and I were refreshingly stupid...) Anyway, though I realize you're in no hurry for the money, it would make things easier for me if that part of the $150 (or is it $200?) I owe you could be suspended for a while till I catch up with myself. (about $80 for the 3 together)... I also have to consider things like a plane ticket to Phila (as we have about a 4-day vacation from March 27, when the job is over, till registration) and to YS from there and saving $150 for contact lenses and getting to Tucson xxx (over Washingtons birthday) and small increase in salary as we are working different hours and night differential is involved and income tax refund, sometime (if my W-2 forms ever arrive) and and and and and. What a lovely mess! it's extremely exciting to juggle money around and know that eventually it'll come out all right and I'll always be able to pay for food and life is wonderful. Enjoyed your package very much. It was waitin' for us when we got back from rug-buying and canyon-climbing yesterday. The candies are (mostly were) wonderful--I commend your taste. And the chocolate chips were most welcome: they're about to be made into cookies. The ambodryls and the comics page were also haertfeltedly appreciated. All in all a most satisfying day and return home. Regards to all, Love, Marcia
Return address on envelope is Keams Canyon Boarding School, Keams Canyon, AZ. Unfortunately, that school was one of the schools where Hopi kids were taken by force in the 1800s. I hope that by the time Marcy was there, things were much better, but I don’t know for sure.
Postmarked Keams Canyon, Feb 1 1965. Written on front of envelope: “Rec’d this 2/3/65.”