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The Pine Nut Festival

Time to give thanks for the harvest, family and community

 

Last updated 12/15/2012 at 2:03pm

Gary Eastty

It was a special privilege for Gary (with white T-shirt) to honor several of the Native veterans with special songs during a luncheon held in their honor during the festival.

“Get back up there and sing another song.” After singing my first song I turned to sit down and she said to me, “Where do you think your going?” I was afraid I had offended her by singing, but she was intimidating and insistent. When I finished with that song and sat down, Judy said to me, “Gary, now you’re a real Paiute.”

This happened in 1986 after my Paiute mentor, Art Cava-naugh, told me I could begin singing with the rest of the singers for the dance. I was very nervous, because people at this rez didn’t know me and had never heard me sing. And this is where Judy Trejo...



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