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The Southern Sierra Miwok Language (1964), by Sylvia M. Broadbent

10. Chasing Wild Horses and Mules (Pages 178-179)


10. Chasing Wild Horses and Mules (Pages 178)
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10. Chasing Wild Horses and Mules
(Told by Castro Johnson)

(1) And this is a different one, we're telling about cowboys. (2) Every Sunday we used to go from here, from Mariposa, maybe twenty-five [of us]. (3) And at Princeton we got maybe ten or twelve. (4) And then some from Bear Valley used to come, maybe fifteen. (5) Maybe about eight or ten used to come from Hornitos. (6) We all used to meet here. (7) Then all these cowboys here used to chase wild horses. (8) Every Sunday we used to go there to go chasing. (9) Sometimes we didn't get any. (10) Then the last time we got some, maybe fifteen. (11) This mule, then, we all put him there, we brought him to Princeton and put him in the corral. (12) Then we said to one man, a young man, "Ride him!" (13) "All right," he said, "Put up five dollars and I’ll ride him," he said. (14) So five dollars came in. (15) Then he got on that mule. (16) The mule didn't do anything, he didn't jump, just as if he had already been ridden, (17) running back and forth as if he were following his friends around. (18) Then, "Get off that no-good old mule!" they said. (19) He got off and took off his saddle. (20) Then one man from Hornitos bought it for five dollars and took it down there to his ranch. He put him inside, gave him barley to eat, and put water for him. (21) That mule just stood there, (22) I don't know how long he stood there, he didn't eat anything. (23) Little by little he was starving to death. (24) He knelt down on his front feet, he got tired. (25) He stayed that way a long time, who knows how long. (26) Next, gradually, he went down with his hind feet too, and lay there on his stomach. (27) Then after doing that he lay down. (28) He lay down then and stayed who knows how long, a long time. (29) Then, after lying down like that, next he closed his eyes. (30) Then he died. (31) That's all.


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