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Still, unsure about their whereabouts in the near future, she considered every purchase carefully, wondering if it would pack. ”17 They drove a standard passenger car, a Chevrolet coupe, which Julian had ﬁtted out for camping in the desert. To combat the hot dry air, which felt like a blast from a forced-air heater as it blew in through the car windows, they carried desert water bags. Each canvas bag held about two gallons and could be hung over a window. The rush of hot air over damp canvas caused evaporation, cooling the air as it entered the car.
Her effervescent good humor rarely failed, and she liked to laugh. Julian’s friends approved of her from the start. She was “high-spirited,” in the language of the day, and made friends quickly. By contrast, Julian, usually serious and at times withdrawn, often depended on Jane’s buoyant spirits to lift his own. They settled in Berkeley because Julian needed to ﬁnd work, and Berkeley offered the best prospects. In those years of the Great Depression, jobs remained scarce and the unemployment rate high.
Steward also said that “innate male dominance” favored malecentered groups. In that single phrase he expressed a common belief among Americans at the time, and among many members of his own profession, about the nature of male-female relations. 13 His earlier research with Paiutes in the Owens Valley convinced him that they had lived in composite bands, not in patrilineal bands. Reports about hunter-gatherers elsewhere in the world, however, led him to think that patrilineal bands had existed in many places, including the deserts of Australia and Southern California.