Sunday, May 25, 2003

Have begun researching Navajo history for my trip.

Here's a deservedly brutal review of Ann Turner's The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow: The Diary of Sarah Nita, a Navajo Girl, New Mexico, 1864.

"The trip is on foot. People are shot down on the spot if they say they are tired or sick or if they stop to help someone. If a woman is in labor with a baby, she is killed." Tiana Bighorse, writing about the Long Walk from Fort Defiance to Fort Sumner in 1864; kinda like the Holocaust Death Marches. The reviewer did not bring this up, but I think Turner had those "seventeen instances of the kindness of soldiers" because she does not want to alienate her white audience.

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