The narrator describes her experiences as her Navajo tribe is forced to relocate by the U.S. Army in 1864 New Mexico.
"Gr. 5^-8. When Shimasani's granddaughter returns home from the white man's school, Shimasani asks her to record the story of the Long Walk. In October 1864, Shimasani (Sarah Nita) and her sister are away from their village when soldiers capture their parents and other villagers and take them away. Sarah Nita and her sister are eventually rounded up with other Navajo and forced to walk to Fort Sumner. Reunited with their family at the fort, the girls help care for their ailing father and fight for their own survival against starvation, disease, and filth. Four years later, the Navajo agree to stop raiding white settlements and promise to send their children to the white man's schools. In return, the government allows the Navajo to return to their homelands, now greatly reduced in size. Turner's use of phrases instead of dates to divide diary entries makes it easy to follow and keep track of major events, and her historical note, which is accompanied by black-and-white photos showing the Navajo at Fort Sumner, gives additional background. This new addition to the Dear America series is an accessible, forthright view of a sad chapter in American history. A map is appended. --Karen Hutt"
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