Navajo Superintendent Annual Reports, 1914


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NARRATIVE Page 12 Annual Report 1914 Section IV-- Industries The population of this reservation, estimated at 10, 000, are tenders of flocks and weavers of blankets. Their cattle, horses and sheep range over portions of Arizona and New Mexico. Farming is not an important factor without irrigation. The Navajos ara adepts in growing corn without irrigation where a white man wi11 utterly fail. This is done by an old method which has probably not varied mich with years. The Indians now raise considerable hay, etc., and this is all handled with up- to- date machinery. T' he past farming season was very ary and crops accustomed even to the desert were not good. Their small farms ere irrigated by flood waters of melting show in the mountains. These people are progressive and intelligent. It is estimated from the trade that passes through the trading stores on the reservation and at Gallup, New Mexico, that the Navajos derive$ 500, 000 annually from the sale of wool, blankets and hides. About as much land is now under cultivation as can be without the construction of extensive irrigation projects. The past year the Indians have taken hold and now have under construction several irrigation projects. These are being helped al ons by the farmers and also by issuing scrapers, plows, etc., for labor. Every Navajo is encouraged to fence up a small piece of ground for crops; to do better farming but as stated heretofore,

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