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Overview Tells the tragic story of how, in the 1860s, U.S. soldiers forced thousands of Navajos to march to a desolate reservation four hundred miles from their homeland in an effort to "civilize" them, only to have hundreds die along the way and the rest find unspeakable living conditions at their destination. Teacher's Guide available.
Publishers Description In 1863 General James Carleton, military commander of the U.S. territory of New Mexico issued an order that all Navajos were to be rounded up and forced to live on a reservation that was some 400 miles from their homeland. He, like most white people at the time, thought that the Navajos were lawless raiders who needed to be weaned of their old ways. He felt it was his job to kill the Indian and save the man. If Carleton had taken time to find out about the Navajo people, he would have learned that their raids were in retaliation for raids by others on them. Most Navajos wanted peace, but every treaty they signed cost them land and was quickly broken. Kit Carson was put in charge of carrying out Carleton's orders. As the Navajos watched the soldiers destroy their crops, they soon realized that to survive they would have to surrender. More than 8,000 Navajos were rounded up and forced to march to the infamous Bosque Redondo. Hundreds died of dysentery from eating white people's food, others died of exposure, and those who were too weak or too sick to keep up were shot along the way by soldiers. Life at Bosque Redondo was inhumane.The Indians lived in holes in the ground covered by whatever they could find. The ground was too dry and poor to grow corn, and they had little in the way of clothing. Eventually even General Carleton realized that the reservation could not take care of all the Indians living there, and he ordered the march stopped. When word of the horrid conditions at the Bosque reached Washington, Congress organized an investigation. General Carleton was removed, and the Navajos signed the first fair peace treaty with the U.S. government. Not only were they allowed to return to their homeland, but they were given food, supplies to rebuild their homes, and livestock to raise. The Navajo hozho - harmony - was restored, and they prospered. Today more than 150,000 Navajos live on the largest reservation in the country. They have never broken their promise to live in peace with the United States and have even served proudly in the military that at one time had caused them such pain.
Citations And Professional Reviews Navajo Long Walk: Tragic Story Of A Proud Peoples Forced March From Homeland by Joseph Bruchac has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2002 page 482
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks - 03/01/2002 page 236
Multicultural Review - 03/01/2002 page 105
Publishers Weekly - 04/22/2002 page 70
Booklist - 05/01/2002 page 1519
School Library Journal - 07/01/2002 page 131
Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2002 page 482
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Studio: National Geographic Children's Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.2" Width: 9.42" Height: 0.41" Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2002
Publisher National Geographic Children's Books
ISBN 0792270584 ISBN13 9780792270584
Availability 0 units.
More About Joseph Bruchac
Joseph Bruchac is a writer and storyteller of Abenaki heritage who feels that his life's work is sharing stories told to him by elders of various Native American peoples. Bruchac has been awarded Rockefeller Humanities and NEA Poetry fellowships and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas. His more than 70 children's books include Sacajawea: The Journal of Jesse Smoke, A Cherokee Boy on the Trail of Tears; and Native American Games and Stories, which he co-authored with his son, Jim. Bruchac lives in Greenfield Center, New York.
Joseph Bruchac currently resides in Greenfield Center, in the state of New York. Joseph Bruchac was born in 1942.
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Navajo Long Walk : Tragic Story Of A Proud Peoples Forced March From Homeland Sep 24, 2007
Excellent Research Book. Help make clearer how them like other tribes had to leave there homeland and travel someplace else. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in a nations struggle for survival.
Thayer's book review Nov 26, 2002
Navajo Long Walk is an exciting book about an Indian family who is forced to go to camps and live the white sholdiers' way. The main characters are Kee, Hasba, Gentle Woman, the mother, Strong Man, the father, and Wise One, the grandfather. This family, like all the other Navajo families, have to move to different for-away camps that are called forts. Some of the forts they go to are Fort Defiance and Fort Summer.
Kee learns that you can be friends with white soldiers like when he neets a white soldier, his horse and his son.
The reader will enjoy this book becasue it is very detailed and you can picture every word in your mind. You will have a great experience reading about the Navajo way of life.