Navajos Wear Nikes: A Reservation Life [NOOK Book]

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Just before starting second grade, Jim Kristofic moved from Pittsburgh across the country to Ganado, Arizona, when his mother took a job at a hospital on the Navajo Reservation. Navajos Wear Nikes reveals the complexity of modern life on the Navajo Reservation, a world where Anglo and Navajo coexisted in a tenuous truce. After the births of his Navajo half-siblings, Jim and his family moved off the Reservation to an Arizona border town where they struggled to readapt to an Anglo...

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Overview

Just before starting second grade, Jim Kristofic moved from Pittsburgh across the country to Ganado, Arizona, when his mother took a job at a hospital on the Navajo Reservation. Navajos Wear Nikes reveals the complexity of modern life on the Navajo Reservation, a world where Anglo and Navajo coexisted in a tenuous truce. After the births of his Navajo half-siblings, Jim and his family moved off the Reservation to an Arizona border town where they struggled to readapt to an Anglo world that no longer felt like home.

With tales of gangs and skinwalkers, an Indian Boy Scout troop, a fanatical Sunday school teacher, and the author’s own experience of sincere friendships that lead to ho?zho? (beautiful harmony), Kristofic’s memoir is an honest portrait of growing up on—and growing to love—the Reservation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826349484
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 230
  • Sales rank: 253,105
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jim Kristofic has worked on and off the “Rez” for more than ten years as a river guide, journalist, and oral historian. He has written for The Navajo Times, Arizona Highways, and High Country News. He and his wife currently live in eastern Pennsylvania.
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  • Posted August 21, 2012

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    Insightful, thought-provoking, and culture-crossing This highly

    Insightful, thought-provoking, and culture-crossing This highly
    readable book offers a fascinating and thought-provoking twist to the
    typical "coming of age" memoir. The author's gift for
    story-telling lends depth and emotion to the unusual story he has to
    tell of being a white boy raised on a Navajo reservation ("The
    Rez") during his elementary and high school years while his mother
    took a job at a hospital there. The unfortunate cruelty children can
    inflict on each other when faced with their fears and insecurities is
    exacerbated when they are separated by cultural and racial barriers that
    go back centuries. The physical and emotional cauldron in which author
    Jim Kristofic found himself could have damaged him for life. Instead, he
    became a "Tough Noodle" and learned to embrace the world of
    his Navajo friends, their beliefs, their legends, and their close
    connection to the natural world. This is no rose-colored view of a
    tough childhood. Kristofic brings us along through his pain, fear, and
    hardship. His identity is challenged yet again when he moves back to the
    east coast for college and is immersed in a WASP culture that butts up
    painfully against things he had come to value in his years in Arizona.
    The result is a clear-eyed perspective on life and its vagaries,
    reminding us to take the best out of all our experiences and reject what
    does not serve us in our journey. The book combines all the things I
    require to give it a five-star rating. It offered me a glimpse into a
    world and culture I could not get otherwise (in this case the world of
    the Navajo Indians). It entertained me in its highly readable,
    story-telling narrative. It was thought-provoking in its reminder of the
    hardship of going through school in any setting and in making the reader
    answer for himself or herself the question of who we are and what formed
    us. Reading this book while visiting in Santa Fe for Indian Market
    certainly added to its relevance and fascination for me. When you get to
    the end of a book and feel that every second was worthwhile, you know
    you've found one you can highly recommend. Jim Kristofic's NAVAJOS WEAR
    NIKES is such a book.

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  • Posted June 22, 2012

    Jim Kristofic’s story about moving from Pittsburgh to the

    Jim Kristofic’s story about moving from Pittsburgh to the Navajo Reservation of Arizona as a young boy is not only a terrific autobiography of a young person growing up in a culture that is, for the most part, highly misunderstood by many people, but is also a fascinating anthropological description of a people who see a clear distinction between themselves and the rest of America. His own story describes the resistance he met at the primary schools in Ganado and adolescent adventures that no sane parent would want to hear, and his gradual and very limited acceptance by some Navajo youngsters. He also relates many stories describing how missionaries and Boy Scout leaders unintentionally insult Native Americans, fueling the separation these people feel with the rest of the United States. How seriously should one take these stories from one individual? I think a lot; being brought up on ‘the rez’ gives him more credibility in describing life here than an adult anthropologist would have. One impression I was left after finishing this book is that the rez is a very violent place; in addition to describing specific fights he was involved in, or those of other youngsters and their families, he notes that women on the Indian Reservations are roughly four times more likely to be subjected to domestic violence than their non-Navajo counterparts and that violent crimes in general are much more common on the rez than off the rez . What this book is lacking are suggestions for how to address the many problems faced by the Navajo. As a result, one comes away depressed that a vicious cycle of violence, poverty, drugs and alcohol will continue with no end in sight for youngsters growing up on ‘the rez’.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    *he looks crestfallen.* oh.

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    Posted April 1, 2013

    Mossface she cat from Plasmaclan

    We HAVE A CAT FROM OUR CLAN AND RUNNING AROUND TRYING TO MAKE ALL DIFFERENT CLANS TO HAVE WAR! THIS IS ME SAYING THERE IS NO WAR SO PLZ DONT BE MAD AT US WE ARE TRYING TO CATCH THIS PERDON SO YA SRRY ABOUT THIS. MOSSFACE AND IF YOU NEED TO TALK TO US YYPE IN THE BOX "PLASMA" ALL RES

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