Friday, 11 June 2004
A Man They Called Hosteen Shush
CREDIT: © George S. Tanner/John Tanner Family Association
WHERE: Arizona & New Mexico. WHAT: life & descendants of Seth Benjamin Tanner.
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The emphasis placed upon genealogy and family history by members of the LDS (Mormon) church for religious reasons, sometimes gives an insight into the past for those with a secular interest. Seth Benjamin Tanner (1828-1918), mentioned in yesterday's item on Cameron, Arizona, is an example.
Many of Seth's descendants are traders, sometimes calling themselves Shush Yaz [Young Bears] after Seth's Navajo name Hosteen Shush [Mr. Bear]. The family is now spread out across the northern parts of the states of Arizona and New Mexico. Don Tanner says it was Seth's physical strength that earned him the name, but Joe Tanner gives a more spiritual twist to the story. Fourth generation Ellis Tanner is proud to be known as Aye'hee'Yazzie [Little In-Law], for in the Navajo way the 'Little In-Law' is the one who helps out. JB Tanner tells a story about his own name that will have members of the Lock family grinning as they remember patriarch Bob's story about joining the US Navy along with a character allegedly known as Ronly Bonly Jones!
There are histories of the Tanner family available on the web, and we give three  links to detailed accounts that include references to Seth's life.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)