Navajos Wear Nikes: A Reservation Life

Navajos Wear Nikes: A Reservation Life

by Jim Kristofic
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Navajos Wear Nikes: A Reservation Life 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
ECottrell_RiverwoodWriter More than 1 year ago
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.
Carl_in_Richland More than 1 year ago
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’.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i loved this amazing book. Sure, it had a lot of curse words, but that doesn't matter. What does matter is quality, which this book has. I rate it 5/5. And to the people Role-playing on this, (even though it was about three years ago now), get a life!!! You don't just role-play on a book review. This book was amazing, and I don't even get why would you even role-play here. Don't ever post here again. (To the people roleplaying).  ~ Anonymous
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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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello mate. Do you want to join another clan. We can still be part of this clan too. The clan i want both of us and our kids to join is called:Fireclan. You should talk to the leader(Silverstar)if you want to join. Silverstsr is a good friend of me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What did i miss?
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NIKE USES CHILD LABOR!!!!! DOT SUPPORT THEM!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You have a new clan so..............Nikestar leader of nikeclan i will bestow upon you the life of hope*a blinding white flash and searing pain flows through you and the voices of hope sing for one minute*. Now the life of love*voices of love*. And life of strength*battle sounds*. The life of justice*chanting*. The life of leadership*voices of the cats*. And the life of pateince*silence for one hour*. The life of mercy*forieghn voices scfeaming*. The life of integrety*questions*. And the last life is...................loyalty*torcherous pain flashing lights and cheering*. Now you are a true leader. She flies away as wings of the swirling galaxies sprout from her back. Remember someday you might join us but the journey of life is long and the gates of starclan are locked to all but the purest souos. Maybe............she dissapears in a flash of light and a shimmering shower of stardust~Fern that grew from the ashes of starclan~
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Redsweep's eyes glowed with gratitude. "Thank you," he mewed. He seated himself and began to groom, his tongue rasping over his fur.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this book any good