Into the Canyon: Seven Years in Navajo Country

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In 1968 newlyweds Lucy Moore and her husband moved from Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Chinle, Arizona, where he had taken a job with the recently created Navajo legal services program. They were part of a wave of young 1960s idealists determined to help others less fortunate than themselves.

After fulfilling the two-year commitment with the legal program, Lucy and Bob stayed for another five years. Into the Canyon is her account of the places and people they came to love and the ...

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In 1968 newlyweds Lucy Moore and her husband moved from Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Chinle, Arizona, where he had taken a job with the recently created Navajo legal services program. They were part of a wave of young 1960s idealists determined to help others less fortunate than themselves.

After fulfilling the two-year commitment with the legal program, Lucy and Bob stayed for another five years. Into the Canyon is her account of the places and people they came to love and the lessons they learned from their Navajo neighbors.

"Ms. Moore's recollection of time spent in Navajo County is a beautiful and spirited tribute to Chinle culture. Moreover, we are given a glimpse into what it means to be affected by a place, time, and people. Beautifully constructed."—Women Writing the West

"Never a false note. Clearly written, candid, and funny . . . an engaging read."—Peter Iverson, historian and award-winning author of Diné and For Our Navajo People

"Lucy Moore tells this story with humor, sensitivity, and grace. Her absorbing memoir of seven years living, working, and being herself with Navajo people is a journey of discovery not only of 'the other' but, even more important, a confrontation with her own identity as a white person."—Mark Rudd, last national secretary of SDS, founder of the Weather Underground, teacher, and activist

"A delight to read; an invaluable historical and cultural narrative. . . . A good deal of my first novel, Ceremony, was inspired by Chinle, but I didn't fully appreciate just how much was going on during those years until I read Lucy's book."—Leslie Silko, author of Gardens In the Dunes and Ceremony

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826334176
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 236
  • Sales rank: 1,400,486

Meet the Author

Lucy Moore is a facilitator and mediator specializing in public policy, environmental, and cross-cultural issues. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Table of Contents

1 Tracks in 5
2 Legal crusaders 19
3 On the home front 35
4 More learning than teaching 45
5 Role models 59
6 The Del Muerto connection 71
7 Wildlife and women's lib 87
8 A career appears 99
Photographs 119
9 The grassroots wake up 137
10 Having faith 161
11 Bucking the system 173
12 Identity crises 187
13 Tracks out 199
14 Tracks back 213
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