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Anna Moore Shaw, a full-blood Pima, began writing down [the legends of her people] in 1930 when she realized they would someday be lost otherwise. Born "in the shadow of the Estrella Mountains in a lowly place among the bushes," she has lived on the Pima reservations or in nearby Phoenix. Among her most interesting memories is helping to nurse the renowned Dr. Carlos Montezuma, an Apache who became a prominent surgeon in Chicago but returned later to Arizona when his health failed. Active in both tribal and non-tribal affairs, Mrs. Shaw is an ordained elder ot the Salt River United Presbyterian Church, has served on the board of trustees of the C.H. Cook Christian Training School, Tempe, Arizona, on the Salt River Reservation Mutual Self-Help Housing Commission, and for several years has edited the Salt River Pima monthly "Tribal Newsletter."
(biography from publisher)