Whatever their stature, they looked like giants to us in our fright. Deux excellents témoignages, rares, de Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca,un conquistador espagnol qui va se retrouver un première fois perdu en Floride et va errer pendant 10 ans parmi les natifs, de 1527 à 1536, tour a tour esclave, colporteur puis guérisseur miraculeux. They began to hurl stones and darts as us using slings for the stones and threatened to shoot arrows, though we saw no more than three or four bows among them. This seems more like the Spanish colonization period I am familiar with. The second edition had a running title, Naufragios Shipwrecks , which is misleading.
The great irony of his impressive demonstration is the scale of the brutality with which the lesson was violated. A little later he would begin to rejoin it, and the touch of his hands would instantly heal the wounds. Those riding horseback included the Commissary Fray Suárez; another friar, Juan de Palos; three priests; and the frockless officers. He also had become convinced that a fabulous aboriginal nation existed in the north, not far beyond the perimeter of his recent circuit, and another on the Pacific, which he believed much nearer the northern pueblos than was remotely possible. They were the first to see the opossum and the buffalo, the Mississippi and the Pecos, pine-nut mash and mesquite-bean flour. No podía creer que todo haya sido real.
Aunque ya sabia que eso sucedia. There's no plausible assumption that Cabeza de Vaca is reliable - he was writing partly to save his own hide. Este punto es el que lo conecta con las relaciones de su siglo: en el texto hay numerosas referencias puntuales sobre el terreno, su calidad, las gentes, pueblos o tribus, lenguas, nombres de lugares, sitios que poseían riquezas, etc. All the Indians fled overnight, as we discovered on pulling out next day. In the middle of the night, the Indians fell on us without warning--not only the Governor's party in the cacique's lodge, but also our sick men strewn on the beach. So we held up till daylight.
The men bore through one of their nipples, some both, and insert a joint of cane two and a half palms long by two fingers thick. When he returned to Spain in 1537, ten hard years older and wiser, his consuming ambition was to go back to the region in which he had so frequently faced death, as first in command. These Indians were Cultalchuiches and Malicones, who speak a different dialect. He spent years travelling all around the southern and midwest of America, being the first white man many tribes ever encountered. Five Christians quartered on the coast came to the extremity of eating each other. The story begins in 1527, when the Spaniard Pánfilo de Narváez led an expedition to colonize Florida.
All belonging to the same lineage keep together. So I thought I might read through the entire journal. The women partially cover their nakedness with such garments We also noted the bowls they grind corn m. My fingers got so raw that if a straw touched them they would bleed. In my opinion the meat is finer and fatter than the beef of this country. If anything before had given me hopes of life, this dashed them.
All around this is an excellent source of history. The reason I remained so long was my intention of taking the Christian, Lope de Oviedo, away with me. The north wind rose from shore to drive us the rest of the way to the high sea in spite of anything we could do. These marriage customs prevail for more than fifty leagues inland from the island. After reading a fictionalized account to my kids for homeschool Walk the World's Rim , I was curious to read what actually happened.
It intensified my own grief at our calamity and had the same effect on the other victims. Su ingenio y pragmatismo lo llevan a ejercer los oficios de mercader y curandero o médico, con una curiosa mezcla de prácticas indígenas y oraciones cristianas. But death being surer and nearer if we stayed where we were, I went ahead and beseeched the Indians. After reading a fictionalized account to my kids for homeschool Walk the World's Rim , I was curious to read what actually happened. Even his sea distances seem to be in terms of the 3. It's still pretty amazing that he survived this disastrous expedition at all.
Brief, but not an easy read, though it contains fascinating observations that make it worth the effort. So we parted, each going with his Indian group. No intermediary is needed to mend their friendship. They told us to tarry a little while, then they would do as we wished. The soldiers resented his dealing gently and as a divine agent. Cabeza de Vaca heard about them in the summer of 1535, as he reports farther on.
Next day, the men began to collapse. Le narrateur finit par retrouver des chrétiens au Mexique, et à regagner l'Espagne. When these returning lndians spoke to our two hostages, the latter started to dive into the water; but some of our soldiers held them back in the barge. When three days had passed, I sent Estevénico to fetch Castillo and Dorantes. They were guided not across the bay but across the Colorado River which flows into it. For protection, we encircled ourselves with smudge fires of rotten and wet wood. But, the Governor having the healthiest and strongest men in his barge, we could not keep up.
They understand the seasons in terms of the ripening of fruits, the dying of fish, and the position of stars, in which dating they are adept. It was surrounded by dense woods and many little lakes, into which numerous big trees had fallen to become effective obstructions. Both got to great lengths to document the 'far-out' ways of the strange 'other' that they encounter. We could digest it more easily raw. In addition to the distance we had come over bad trails, we suffered terribly from hunger. Lalami extends the stories delivered by Cabeza de Vaca himself in his Naufragios, which has been rendered in several English-language editions e. The Indians were calling to him and he was gesturing them to keep coming.