Audio Recordings Indian Workers Stacking Hay

Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Smart, Stanley
Vennum, Thomas
Dates 1978
Language English
Subjects Activities
Fort McDermitt Indian Reservation
Haying Crews
Native Americans
Ninety Six Ranch
Indian Workers Stacking Hay
Contributor Names
Smart, Stanley (Narrator)
Vennum, Thomas (Interviewer)
Created / Published
July 27, 1978
Subject Headings
-  Native Americans
-  Ninety-Six Ranch
-  Activities
-  Haying
-  Fort McDermitt Indian Reservation
-  Haying crews
-  Ethnography
-  Interviews
-  Stanley Smart, a Northern Paiute Indian, who worked on the 96 Ranch in the past, reminisces about crews of Indian workers stacking hay.
-  Stanley Smart is a Northern Paiute from the Fort McDermitt Indian Reservation who worked on the Ninety-Six Ranch a few years ago. He worked on the hay derrick crew and shares his memories of hot working conditions and the stacker's job skills.
-  Stackers were the four to six men who arranged the hay on the top of the stack, one of whom was designated stack boss. On the Ninety-Six, the stackers were generally Indians, while the men operating machines or hand-loading hay onto the net were generally whites. Les says that the stackers were "more elite" and received higher pay. The job demanded more skill and there was a risk of injury from a fall.
Call Number
AFC 1991/021: NV8-TV-R11
Source Collection
Paradise Valley Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1991/021)
American Folklife Center
Digital Id

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