By Michael Hittman
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1906), one of Corbett's three surviving nieces. Bernice Crutcher (b. 1928), another niece, also recalled: A real good cook-cooks stew all the time in his Dutch oven. And he used to read to me and my brother from the Bible. And he knows the Lord's Prayer real good, too. Which my brother used to make him tell whenever Uncle got drunk. Nice man, Uncle Corbett. Never mean. Lives next door to us in a board house he built when he was married. And he never teases nobody. Always good to little kids, too.
Yes, sir! 'Cause they [also] sneak with them taivo for money. Janie, she make Eddie [Mack] off Ed Purdy; Mamie make Howard [Rogers]. And so, when Howard's born, they wanna put him in the ground [bury him]. But [Mamie's brother] Henry Bob, he won't let 'em. No, sir! Says, "You're just gonna look around for more taivo. " What they're always doin' them days, anyway. 23 24 Corbett Mack 2. Sticks and Stones ... And so they make fun of me .... Call me taivo, you know. 'Cause maybe I'm the only one that time in Smith Valley?
No, I don't think I'm gonna leave this hospital alive, partner," Corbett weakly replied after inhaling. He was being honest again. We had little else to say to each other, and we sat together in silence, much as our relationship almost ten years prior had begun. When it was time to leave, I shook his hand, repeating the previous falsehood. In the hospital staff kitchen, where Ida Mae Valdez, laundress, and Meryl Singer were awaiting me, I cried for the first time as a man. We cannot always know the impact another human being will have on us.
Corbett Mack: The Life of a Northern Paiute by Michael Hittman