Follow Bluebird, a dog of the Navajo Nation, on the journey from a loving home to homelessness. Author Tamara Martin lives in the 4-Corners area of the Southwest and has seen many valuable, friendly animals abandoned, just like Bluebird. Martin wants to let others know the plight of what are called “Rez Dogs”. Bluebird’s journey is colorfully and accurately illustrated by Navajo artist Ernest John.
|Publisher:||Monday Creek Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.25(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Ernest John was born in December of 1956. His father, Nelson John, showed him how to train horses when he was just a boy. Ernest began to sketch horses and other animals at that time. After graduating Gallup High School in 1976, Ernest began painting with oils and acrylics. In 1989, his sister-in-law, Mary Watchman, suggested that Ernest begin drawing on pottery and showed him how to do that. By 2002, he was producing pottery which included his acrylic designs as well as custom etching and texturing. His pottery is featured in many galleries and museums. In addition, Ernest was commissioned to paint several outdoor murals. The first one is behind the Rex Museum in Gallup, New Mexico, and was completed in 1999. It shows a Navajo Warrior on a hunting trip. Two additional murals were painted in Red Rock State Park in 2001 and 2003. One illustrates a bull-rider and the other depicts "head and heel" team-roping. Today, Ernest lives in Yah-ta-hey, New Mexico, with his wife, Arlene and seven children. He is still creating his pottery and paintings as well as training horses.