Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Everett Reuss Remains Identified

Our little Everett was named after Everett Reuss, a traveler, writer, artist, and nature lover who wandered the desert southwest in the 1930's. He mysteriously disappeared and his been the subject of much speculation ever since. Courtney stumbled upon this article last week.

Then my mom found this article in the Navajo Times

Apparently there was a witness who saw Everett killed by three Ute native Americans. The witness buried Everett's body in a cave and didn't share his knowledge until many years later when he became ill and a medicine man told him it was because he improperly handled the body. He went back to give Everett a proper burial and apparently recovered. One of his relatives has tried to share this information for a few years and finally someone listened.

I have read so much from this amazing young man and truly believed he had fallen off a cliff or something. He was very close with many natives and respected their customs and ways. It made me so sad that the people he trusted and respected brutally murdered him. I am sure his family is relieved to finally know the truth.

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