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Naya Nuki: Shoshoni Girl Who Ran [Paperback]

By Kenneth Thomasma (Author) & Eunice Hundley (Illustrator)
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After being taken prisoner by an enemy tribe, a Shoshoni girl escapes and makes a thousand-mile journey through the wilderness to find her own people

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Illustrated by Eunice Hundley. A story for children 9 to 13 packed with authentic information about Indian lore, survival skills, and the West before the white man.

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Studio: Baker Books
Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.68" Width: 5.32" Height: 0.47"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2001
Publisher   Baker Books
Grade Level  Middle School  
Age  9-12
Edition  Reprinted  
Series  American Indian Children  
ISBN  0801088682  
ISBN13  9780801088681  

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Inspiring for Adventure  Aug 31, 2007
Naya Nuki is set in the early western United States. It is about a Shoshoni Indian girl who got captured by the Minnetares and was forced to walk a thousand miles east with her friend Sacajawea. When they got to the Minnetare village, Naya Nuki planned to run away. One morning, Naya Nuki got up very early to steal a buffalo robe from the tribe and put it under a small pile of brush to hide it. Then she was back to the village. She planned to do this the next morning except steal a knife. But when she went to the river the same afternoon, she stepped on a sharp object in the water. It was a knife, and now she was ready for her expedition. As she was about to leave, Sacajawea told her that she was going to be a guide to a group of white men coming West. She started her journey, and with struggle, excitement, and survival, she finally made it home to her people in less than two months. This story has an incredible ending which, I think, is awesome!
Amazing, Heart-warming Survival Story that really happened!  Feb 1, 2007
Having been blessed in the past with a career as a CA State Park Ranger and a keen interest in survival in Wilderness, I knew this book would be a great one for my beloved Native American granddaughter, but I read it myself to make sure my hunch was correct. This is a story of survival that is seldom matched in any time period and will warm the heart of anyone. From the above reviews, it is quite obvious that this story is being learned from by many present-day youth who will someday lead this country, and that thought alone gives me great hope for America's future.
Teachers, continue to share great stories such as these with our greatest precious resources, our youths!
I know what it is like to suffer in the cold wilderness, to face dangerous bears as a child, and to struggle against tremendous pain and hardship, but I also know from stories such as this that a determined spirit can prevail. Learning this from stories like the story of this Shoshoni girl can help us all.
Excellent Story  Nov 25, 2006
From a brief account from the Lewis & Clark expedition concerning an encounter with a Shoshoni woman, Thomasma has built an engaging and inspiring story that is truly a page turner. I read this book to my kids, and it is appropriate for nearly all ages (the reading level may be a bit below teenagers, but I think adults would even enjoy this small book for themselves). As far as I know, the entire story is conjecture, as neither the title character nor anyone in her tribe left a full written record. No matter. Thomasma frames the story around the facts that Lewis shared, and the essentials are probably accurate enough. Boiled down, there are some basic things that a pre-teen girl is going to need to do to escape from an enemy camp and trek 1,000 miles home. Those things are probably the same that are included in this book (steal a buffalo robe, move by night at first, kill a few animals along the run, flee a bear, etc.). Great story, and it makes one think about the true heroes we know so little about, and the ones we must know nothing about.
A Great Book!!!  May 6, 2006
This is a great book. I have read it so many times i can't even count. It is a great book on determination. All ages can enjoy this book, not just kids.

It is about a shoshoni girl who gets captured and is to work as a slave for an old Indian. They treat her nicely but she still wants to go home. One stormy day she runs. This novel tells all about her adventure. You really need to read this book.
Modern day warrior worth the read.  Apr 27, 2006

Kenneth Thomasma tells many fictionalized accounts of many true stories about famous native American people. In the story of "Naya Nuki: Shoshoni Girl who Ran" he explores the history of a real woman mentioned in brief in the writings of Meriwether Lewis, of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Naya Nuki was the name given to a woman whose name history has lost. She was dubbed Naya Nuki after being kidnapped by a rival tribe with her childhood companion Sacagawea when both of the girls were eleven years old. Naya Nuki is Shoshoni for the words "girl who ran".

Thomasma approaches this tale in a creative way, weaving the sparse details known about Naya Nuki in a manner that suggest an exciting journey of survival. Naya Nuki first uses her wits to escape the Minnetares tribe, first gathering a buffalo hide, a knife, and some food before she does. She treks the thousand mile journey, avoiding peril at the hands of wild animals, starvation, other tribes, and her own despair. The only thing that keeps this young woman going is the thought that someday she will be able to see her people again, and this sharpens her senses to such a degree that she manages to endure all of the hardships along the way as if she was born for the challenge.

I revel in stories like this, tales of survival and endurance. I love books like "Robinson Crusoe" and "Swiss Family Robinson". But the true accounts of people surviving against all odds (like "Island of the Blue Dolphins" and now "Naya Nuki") always ring so much truer to me. These are real flesh and blood humans who must dredge up every skill they have in order to battle the odds. How inspiring is that, knowing that someone else managed to do the impossible? This book is one of those that young people should read because it makes like seem a little less daunting and that the impossible is not only possible but probable.

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