Delfina Cuero Essay

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There were other taboo's in the Indian culture other then not naming the dead, such as you were never to kill snakes. It was thought that if one were to snake, it would make the snakes mad and more snakes will come and kill a friend or relative. Snakes, spiders, and scorpions were all seen as bad creatures and they were supposed to avoid them. The only time when you are allowed or only safe time to kill one of these was if they bit you or caused you harm. The Indians also believed that if a fox comes near your home and makes noise, that would be the indication that one of your relatives was going to die. The Owl and coyote were messengers to tell you that the person that was supposed to die ...view middle of the document...

She eventually got married to a man named Sebastian who was a good man. He was always taking care of her and working hard for her and her family. So to get by, because they had no concept of money, they would work and gather thing sand trade with the local Mexican families near by. When they were off by themselves, they felt poor and were always looking for more food because there was never enough. After some time passed, her husband died and she was left alone with just her children. It was hard for her and her family go get by because they did not have food. They would go days without finding any food and she did not have anyone to turn to for help. She finally decided to sell one of her sons to a Mexican family because they said they wanted a son. Delfina sold her own son so that she could have food. Even though the Mexican family said they wanted a son, they did not treat him well. They would make him work very hard and beat him. The food that was given to them was only enough to last a month. Eventually her son ran away and started working on other ranches and hunted for the family whenever he could. I am not exactly sure if it was common for the Indians to sell their own children for food or goods, but I would have to imagine it wasn't and this was a last resort plan. When one of her daughters named Lupe was eleven or twelve, there was a man that wanted her. Again they were told a similar deal but he wanted to marry her. The situations for her were similar to that of the son, where she was made to work very hard for his family and was beat all the time. Delfina could not handle having her daughter treated like that so she took her back but they had to leave her grandson that Lupe had. When her youngest son Santos was finally old enough to leave, he started working at a ranch and has a good job.
After many years, Delfina married a Mexican from Los Angeles named Lupe de la Rosa. Though she was working...

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