Patwin story Nurlykhan

Patwin story Nurlykhan

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  • Mabel McKay (1907–1993) was a member of Patwin descent. She was the last Dreamer of the Pomo people and a basket making prodigy, also she was dreamer, doctor, and basket weaver.
  • Mabel McKay was born on 12 January 1907 in Nice in Lake County, California. Her father was Yanta Boone  and her mother was Daisy Hansen. Raised by her maternal grandmother, Sarah Taylor, Mabel was described as an unusually quiet little girl.
  • She was considered a sickly child whom talked in her sleep and often woke screaming from dreams. Sarah, her grandmother, remembers hearing Mabel mumble in her sleep.
  • What is she talking about?
  • Sarah knew what was happening to Mabel, she understood that she was Dreaming.Spirit would talk to Mabel in her dreams telling her necessary steps to take in order to fulfill her role as a doctor. 
  • With whom is she talking?
  • Mabel was taught by Spirit in her Dreaming to be a doctor and a basket weaver. Spirit taught Mabel how to suck sickness from the ill with her mouth and spit it out into her baskets. Spirit taught Mabel certain songs to put sicknesses to sleep. 
  • You have to become a healer to save people lives . I will teach you how.
  • I will do it,so teach me please.
  • ha-ha-ha, tay nay ha-ha, oh kay nah ha-ha-ha,what nay  ha-ha, oh kay nah
  • Mabel not only healed people but brought a whole community together. Through her dreaming and the resurgence of old traditions Mabel encouraged people living in the present to appreciate their culture, to embrace it and to celebrate their heritage.
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