one but Grandmother believes that Little Prankster Girl is mature
enough to be taught to weave. Mother thinks she plays too many tricks,
Younger Sister says she isnt smart enough, and Baby is too
young to give her any support. Determined to learn anyway, Little
Prankster Girl borrows some of her mothers weaving
supplies and practices weaving while she is out herding her familys
warmhearted story follows Little Prankster Girl through an exasperating
but funny trial of her childhood. Readers will identify with Little
Prankster Girls struggle to win recognition from her family,
and will gain courage to make their own bids for greater independence.
Blue was a lawyer in Navajo country for nearly 30 years. She is
the author of six other books, including Indian Trader: The Life
and Times of J. L. Hubbell. She also finds artistic expression as
a painter. Martha Blue has served on the boards of numerous non-profit
organizations in the Four Corners area, and has received awards
from the Arizona Center for the Book, the Navajo Studies Conference,
the Maricopa County Bar Association, and Westerners International.
on September 24, 1964 in Tuba City, Arizona on the Navajo (Diné)
reservation, Keith began painting at a young age. In the early 80s,
he worked at various jobs and continued with his education. He received
a Bachelors in Fine Arts from Northern Arizona University,
with emphasis on painting. After completing his studies, Keith moved
back to the Navajo Reservation, where he taught art at Greyhill
Academy High School. From Tuba City, Keith attended various art
shows promoting his artistic style throughout the southwest. Keith
is presently teaching art with a Dine' Community College and he
eventually would like to establish his own art studio in Tuba City.
Keiths work is sold through various shows and galleries. He
also does work on commission. His pieces have been shown locally
and regionally and have been included in galleries, museums, and
private collections. Many of his paintings have won awards, among
them an honorable mention for a watercolor at the Heard Museum Indian
Fair and Market, 2001; a first place ribbon for a watercolor painting,
2000; and a first place ribbon for an oil painting, 1999, at the
Museum of Northern Arizona Navajo Show. Additionally, he was chosen
as the poster artist for the 2001 Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial
Pow-Wow poster, and in 2002 he received the SWAIA fellowship.
Boots: Azhé'é Bikénidoots'osii
Baje Whitethorne Sr.
winter, the brothers Tall Leo, Big Leo, and Little Leonard go to
their Grandmother Sallys hogan for the winter holidays. None
of the brothers look forward to the visits: Grandmother Sally always
tells long, boring stories about the Holy People. This year, however,
it is different. Father is away working for the railroad, and he
might not be home for the holidays. Feeling in a serious mood, the
brothers retell one of Grandmother Sallys stories. By sharing
the story amongst themselves, the brothers grow closer to one another
and come to a deeper understanding of their culture. A touching
story, Fathers Boots is a necessary read for children feeling
out-of-touch with their background.
Whitethorne, Sr., is a member of the Reed clan. Originally from
Shonto, Arizona, he is the author of Sunspainters: Eclipse of the
Navajo Sun, Fathers Boots: Azhéé Bikénidootsosii,
and the illustrator of native American legends including Monster
Birds, Monster Slayer and Sika and the Raven. His watercolor paintings
appear at the Heard Museum, The Smithsonian Museum, The Field Museum,
the Gallup Indian Ceremonial, and the Museum of Northern Arizona.
In 1998 he was named by the Arizona Library Association as an Outstanding
Contributor to Childrens Literature.
Patrick S. Begay
is the story of a young boy named Bidii or Greedy,
who loves showing off in front of his friends. While his family
works to get their sheep to the annual sheep dip, however, he learns
that he should not be so greedy and that he should refrain from
shamelessly showing off in front of others. A humorous story with
a valuable lesson, Bidii remains a favorite in the classroom.
Thomas holds a BA in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona
University, an MA in Educational Leadership from the University
of New Mexico, and an honorary doctorate from Diné College.
She has served as a teacher, bilingual coordinator, and principal
in schools on the Navajo Nation and has worked with curriculum and
school reform for over 30 years. She was a founding member of the
Diné bi Olta Association and President of the Diné
Language Teachers' Association. She currently serves as a member
of the Chinle Unified School District Governing Board and as the
Summer Institute Director of the Learn in Beauty Project at Northern
often describes her own education at the Ganado Mission where her
mother, Naanibaa Gorman, worked as a health care worker and translator.
"When I went to the boarding school we were punished for speaking
Navajo. I made up my mind not to have something that was mine taken
away from me."
Thomas continues to use her language as a storyteller and as an
advocate for youth. She is known as "Grandma Thomas" to
the youth of the Navajo Nation. She has led many marches from Chinle
to Window Rock to support the construction of the Central Navajo
Youth Facility. On the marches and at events throughout the Navajo
Nation, her donkey song has been heard as a rallying cry to youth
and to community members of all ages. She reminds all students and
teachers on the Navajo Nation, "We can't lose our language.
We need to believe in it and use it."