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Fictional Wisdom

From Officer Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police

",,,,Chee said nothing.  He was wondering why ut was so inportant for her to know who wqs to blame  There was a puzzle here to be solved, but after that, why did it matter?

'There was no reason to kill him,' she said, and whoever did it is going to suffer for it'.....They're not going to kill him and just walk away from it."

'But sonetimes they do,' Chee said, 'That's the way it is.'

'No,; she said.  The tone was suddenly vehement, 'They won't get away with it.  you understand that?'

'Not exactly,' Chee said.

'Do you understand "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth"?'

'I've heard it,' Chee said.

'Don't you believe in justice?  Don't you believe things need to be evened up?''

Chee shrugged.  'Why not?' he said.  As a matter of fact, the concept seemed...strange...to him....
someone who violated basic rules of behavior and harned you was, by Navajo definition, 'out of control.;  The 'dark wind' had entered him and destroyed his judgment.  One avoided such people and worried about them, and were pleased if they were cured of this temporary insanity and returned again to hozro.  But to Chee's Navajo mind, the idea of punishing them would be as insane as the original act.  He understood it was a common attitude in the white culture, but he'd never encountered it so directly." pp.147-8
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",,,She too, had gotten her revenge.  West had killed her brother to make it possible to qavenge himself.  And now her brother too was revenged.  At least Chee thought he was.  It wasn't a value taught or recognized in the Navajo system and Chee wasn't sure he understood how it was supposed to work.' PP,290


Tony Hillerman, The Dark Wind, 1982 (2001)

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mamculuna
Jan. 5th, 2017 04:17 am (UTC)
Jim Chee. A good point of view.
amaebi
Jan. 5th, 2017 01:39 pm (UTC)
+1
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