In the Sun's House: My Year Teaching on the Navajo Reservation

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"With an afterword by Rex Lee Jim, this book describes Caswell's year teaching at Borrego Pass, a remote Navajo community in northwest New Mexico, detailing his failings and successes as he struggles to bridge the gap between himself and the community"--Provided by publisher.

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Overview

"With an afterword by Rex Lee Jim, this book describes Caswell's year teaching at Borrego Pass, a remote Navajo community in northwest New Mexico, detailing his failings and successes as he struggles to bridge the gap between himself and the community"--Provided by publisher.

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In a welcome departure from the old trope of a white teacher going to teach students from an ethnic minority group and finding great success where others have failed, this monograph details Caswell's trials and tribulations teaching Navajo students in the Borrego Pass community in New Mexico for one year. Caswell (creative writing & literature, Texas Tech Univ.) documents the missteps that led to his alienation from his students, their parents, and the school board. Poignantly, he comes to see that although he came to appreciate the beauty of the locale and its people, he also could not wait to get away after the completion of the school year. VERDICT This beautifully written book serves as a cautionary tale that diversity cannot be taught in a classroom but needs to be experienced, no matter how difficult. Required reading for anyone interested in education or diversity issues.—John Burch, Campbellsville Univ. Lib., KY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595340566
  • Publisher: Trinity University Press
  • Publication date: 9/22/2009
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,438,223
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

1 This Is Borrego 1

2 School Days 34

3 The Road to Crownpoint 62

4 Walking 78

5 The Trading Post 104

6 The Wolves of the Mountains 140

7 Cardinal Rules 164

8 The Hogan 190

9 Eastern Navajo Agency Spelling Bee 214

10 The Last Best Walk 234

11 Romeo and Juliet 249

12 Goodbye, Borrego 271

Afterword Rex Lee Jim Jim, Rex Lee 291

Select Bibliography 297

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