It was my big sister

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who convinced me at 17 to leave Brown for the summer and hitchhike west to work on her eastern friend Mike Butler's cattle ranch in Colorado (near the Green Springs valley). The foreman had broken his leg and I came from Mpls to work with his 12-year-old son in running the 1,200 acre ranch. I had a small cabin near the creek, 3 meals a day with the foreman's family, and worked 11 hour's a day for $300 a month (2017 wages).

In the fall fieldwork training at U of Minn by Jim Gibbs (now at Stanford), and fluency in Spanish with my AFS schooling in Spain (Ramiro de Maeztu), allowed me UofM credits with the Veracruz anthropology department, with help from Gloria Esperon and other UV students, training for fieldwork ethnography in Acatlán Mexico...