What You Pawn I Will Redeem

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"What
You
Pawn
I
Will
Redeem"
is
the
story
of
a
financially
strapped
 Spokane
Indian
man
faced
with
the
task
of
coming
up
with
nearly
one
 thousand
dollars
in
twenty-four
hours
in
order
to
reclaim
his
grandmother's
 stolen
powwow
attire
from
a
pawnshop.
The
story
takes
place
in
Seattle
 over
the
course
of
one
day,
and
is
narrated
by
the
central
character,
 Jackson
Jackson. Jackson
introduces
himself
to
the
reader
by
telling
of
his
move
twenty-three
 years
ago
from
Spokane
to
Seattle
to
go
to
college,
where
he
"flunked
out
 within
two
semesters,
worked
various
blue-
and
bluer-collar
jobs
for
many
 years,
married
two
or
three
times,
fathered
two
or
three
kids,
and
then
went
 crazy."
Jackson
then
introduces
the
people
he
hangs
out
with
on
the
street,
 his
"teammates"
Rose
of
Sharon
and
Junior,
both
also
Indians.
The
three
 spend
the
morning
panhandling
in
front
of
Pike
Place
Market
and
earn
five
 dollars,
which
they
promptly
decide
to
spend
on
a
bottle
of
liquor.
On
their
 way
to
7-Eleven,
the
group
passes
a
pawnshop,
and
Jackson
immediately
 recognizes
his
grandmother's
powwow
regalia
hanging
in
the
display
 window.
He
had
only
seen
the
regalia
in
photos
because
it
was
stolen
fifty
 years
ago,
but
he
knows
it
is
hers.
The
group
goes
into
the
shop
to
speak
 to
the
owner
about
getting
the
stolen
regalia
back. In
order
to
convince
the
pawnshop
owner
the
regalia
is
his
grandmother's,
 Jackson
tells
the
pawnbroker
to
search
for
a
yellow
bead
hidden
 somewhere
on
the
costume.
He
explains
that
"Indian
people
sew
flaws
into
 their
powwow
regalia"
because
"they
don't
want
to
be
perfect."
After
some
 searching,
they
come
upon
the
single
yellow
bead
hidden
beneath
the
 armpit.
The
pawnbroker
feels
bad
about
the
situation,
but
he
does
not
want
 to
give
the
regalia
away
because
he
just
paid
one
thousand
dollars
for
it.
 Jackson
considers
the
white
pawnbroker's
reaction
to
the
situation,
saying,
 "He
sounded
sad
about
that.
Like
he
was
sorry
for
taking
advantage
of
our
...
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