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The Navajo Year, Walk Through Many Seasons by Nancy Bo Flood
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Mar 01, 10

bookshelves: non-fiction, picture-books, indian
Read on March 01, 2010

This book explores the calendar from the Navajo point of view, starting with October (Ghaaji'), the Top of the Year, and ending with September (Bini' Anit'aa Tsoh), in which there is a Big Harvest. The poetic text describes the rites, rituals, and activities of each month, including November (Nilch'ih Ts'osi) in which Grandfather's stories are heard again, and February ('Atsa Biyaazh), during which the stories are put away. Vividly colored watercolor and pencil paintings by Billy Whitethorne bring to life the backgrounds, activities, and animals included in the text. Whitethorne comes from the Shonto-Black Mesa area of the Navajo Nation. Nancy Bo Flood is not Native, but has lived on the Navajo Nation Reservation and teaches at the Dine Navajo College in Arizona.
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