Dzani Yazhi Naazbaa' / Little Woman Warrior Who Came Home: A Story of the Navajo Long Walk

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Dzanibaa' is alone when U.S. troops swoop down on her family's hogan. Before she can run to safety, a soldier grabs her and puts her on his horse. She is taken to Fort Canby, and from there is forced to walk to Bosque Redondo. For four long years, Dzanibaa' and her family endure incredible hardship and sacrifice. Crops wither. Food is scarce or so tainted that it poisons. Illness strikes. At times there seems no hope of a better future. Nevertheless, this time of trial gives Dzanibaa' a profound sense of herself as a Navajo and of the importance of her culture. As never before, Dzanibaa' realizes the significance of the clan system, of the prayers and songs of her people, and of exerting herself to help her family. Hear Dzanibaa's story, and discover why she is the Little Woman Warrior Who Came Home.

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About the Author:

Dr. Evangeline Parsons Yazzie is an Associate Professor of Navajo at Northern Arizona University (NAU). She obtained an MA in Bilingual Multicultural Education and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. Evangeline teaches her native language, mostly to Navajo students wanting to learn the language of their grandparents, and also to native speakers whose goal is to become literate in their own language.

Evangeline is a Navajo woman, originally from the community of Hardrock on the Navajo Reservation. As a means of acknowledging and honoring her deceased parents for their gift of language, culture-knowledge, and Navajo teachings, Evangeline teaches and writes on the behalf of elders, and encourages others to honor their elders.

From the summer of 1997 to late spring of 1999, Evangeline served as the Director of the Navajo Treaty Project. In 1999, the original Navajo-U.S. Treaty of 1868 was brought to NAU for the Navajo people to view and to learn about their past. The Navajo Treaty Project was designed to educate the general public about the Navajo people and their history. The bringing of the Treaty of 1868 back to the base of the San Francisco Peaks (the western sacred mountain of the Navajo) was memorable, in that it was the first time an Indian nation had asked for its own treaty to be placed on display.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 3-8–In 1856, United States soldiers took a Navajo girl from her home in the Black Mesas. Soon after, her whole family was taken there and then forced to walk 450 miles to Fort Sumner in New Mexico. Dzáníbaa' saw the soldiers shoot the old and sick as they fell behind. For four years, the people tried to plant crops in the hard and alkaline ground without success. Since the crops failed, the Naabeehó (Navajo people) had to rely on the rations the soldiers provided, which were foreign to them, bug infested, and rotten. Through their strength, the clan system, and their songs and prayers, the people survived these desperate times. On June 1, 1868, the Naabeehó were allowed to return to their home between the sacred mountains. While the illustrations are somewhat stiff, and all of the people (Natives and whites) look alike except for their clothing, the story is informative and well told, and the sacrifices and losses that the people experienced come through clearly. The text is written in Navajo and English.–Marlette Grant-Jackson, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
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