Talking to the Ground: One Family's Journey on Horseback across the Sacred Land of the Navajo

Talking to the Ground: One Family's Journey on Horseback across the Sacred Land of the Navajo

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by Douglas Preston
     
 

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In 1992 Doug Preston and his family rode horseback across 400 miles of desert in Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. They were retracing the route of the Navajo deity Naayee neizghani, the Slayer of Alien Gods, on his quest to restore beauty and balance to the Earth. More than a travelogue, Preston's account of the journey is a tale of two cultures meeting in a sacred land

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In 1992 Doug Preston and his family rode horseback across 400 miles of desert in Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. They were retracing the route of the Navajo deity Naayee neizghani, the Slayer of Alien Gods, on his quest to restore beauty and balance to the Earth. More than a travelogue, Preston's account of the journey is a tale of two cultures meeting in a sacred land.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Previously, Preston (Cities of Gold) had traveled on horseback along the ancient roads of the Anasazi, retracing Coronado's search for the Seven Cities of Gold. Three years ago, he took his fiancee, Christine, and her nine-year-old daughter, Selene, on a 400-mile horseback ride across Navajo land on the sacred path of the Navajo deity Monster Slayer. Starting at Navajo Mountain in Utah, they set out eastward for Monument Valley in Arizona. The route led them through sparsely settled country where water and shelter were scarce. They learned to depend on each other and on the hospitality of the Navajo for their lives. Preston deftly blends adventure with local history and Navajo culture for an engrossing story. Photos not seen by PW. (July)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684803913
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
07/28/1995
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.45(w) x 9.49(h) x 1.09(d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Preston has written several books on the Southwest. He is also the coauthor of the novels Relic, Riptide, and Thunderhead (1999).

Brief Biography

Place of Birth:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Education:
B.A., Pomona College, 1978
Website:
http://www.prestonchild.com

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Talking to the Ground: One Family's Journey on Horseback Across the Sacred Land of the Navajo 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book within days of visiting Canyon De Chelly for the 4th time. HIs descriptions of the landscape are so vivid and his retelling of the Navajo beliefs are wonderfully educational. What insight one gets into the culture of the Navajo! The Chaco Canyon history was the best I've read of that area. A really great read for anyone interested in Native Americans and our great Southwest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been interested in the southwest most of my life, usually getting my 'fix' for the area through Tony Hillerman novels. When I came across this book it immediately attracted me. I was not disappointed. The story is well written with just the right amount of history, both past and present, to clarify and educate in the many experiences this family faces on their journey. They endure many things, both good and bad, but through it all they grow as individuals and as a family. Having travelled to the southwest many times, I was able to revisit some of my favorite places through the pages of this wonderful book.