Douglas T. Yazzie is originally from Pinon, Arizona, thirty miles southwest of Chinle. Born in1950, he attended school in Idaho, Utah, and Chinle, and graduated from Chinle High School in 1970. A self-taught artist who has won numerous awards, he works in acrylic and gouache. He has coached amateur boxing for many years and has four sons who are all amateur national champions in one or numerous weight classes. He lives in Chinle, Arizona with his wife, Darlene Yazzie. He has been a teacher at Chinle Elementary School for more than thirty-ﬁve years. He can be contacted by writing to Douglas T. Yazzie, Box 1813, Chinle, AZ 86503.
This is a work of ﬁction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination, or are used ﬁctitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is purely coincidental.
[The tourist]can tell us not only something about what the West was, but much about what it wanted to be and pretended to be, and what he thought it was. –Earl Pomeroy, In Search of the Golden West, 1954, xvi–xvii.
Because of these creative writers we see the Southwest differently than we would if they had not written. By the power of their prose, their vision becomes our vision…. We see New Mexico as Calvin, Lawrence, and Luhan, Rhodes and the Fergussons saw it…. How real they are! I close my eyes and there is Zane Grey—I mean Lassiter—straining to roll the rock. There is Miss Cather and her friend, lost in canyons below Mesa Verde…. Across the wide southwest I am ever aware of my historic predecessors…all of whom came this way and left their books on the land as legacies to those who follow…legacies to us their grateful beneﬁ ciaries. –Lawrence Clark Powell, Southwest Classics, 1974, pp. 10–11.