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Danny Blackgoat, Navajo Prisoner

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3.52  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Danny Blackgoat is a teenager in Navajo country when soldiers burn down his home, kill his sheep and capture his family. During the Long Walk of 1864, Danny is labeled a troublemaker and given the name Fire Eye. Refusing to accept captivity, he is sent to Fort Davis, Texas, a Civil War prisoner outpost. There he battles bullying fellow prisoners, rattlesnakes and abusive s ...more
Paperback, 151 pages
Published August 1st 2013 by 7th Generation (first published July 14th 2013)
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This book makes up my 7th grader's first novel unit. It is a slim book, but one with hefty thematic weight, which makes it ideal for discussions with the class! It is written in simple, easy-to-read language, but never shies away from the tragic reality of the Long Walk. However, it also is not a depressing book, and not one of victimhood. This is not a story of tragic Indigenous characters, but rather about brave characters who are very relatable and show strong values, like courage, honor, tra ...more
Brett Meyer
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book, Navajo Prisoner by Danny Blackgoat, was a very excellent book because the theme was about a Native American who was thrown in prison. Danny Blackgoat is a teenager in Navajo country when soldiers come in and burn down his home, kill his sheep and livestock, and captured his entire family. During what was called the Long Walk of 1864, Danny is labeled a trouble maker and is given the nickname Fire Eye. Danny did not want to be kept captive, so he refused. He ended up being sent to a Civ ...more
I wanted to like this more than I did.... The plot/content seems more mature than the actual reading level. There's a disconnect there. I wanted more development of the characters, too.

Still, it's so valuable to have the perspective in this book! I will be reading the second in the series.
Annie Oosterwyk
A very simple morality tale of the murder and removal of the Navajo from their land.
Bridgette Hoshont'omba
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Finding this book at my local library made me so happy. To see that it was publishes by a company that puts out books about Native teens and by Native writers? Even happier. When I saw the rating was so low, it made me wonder. I was quite a ways into the book and everything seemed perfect to me.

This was an amazing read, and reminds me of books kept in middle school homerooms. Tim tells the story of Danny Blackgoat, a Navajo kid who sees things around him destroyed in many ways.

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This one is all about plot which really disappointed me. The characters tended to be pretty flat and I wanted to know them better and see their complexities. The plot was a lot about the cruelty that the Navajos experienced on their forced march to Fort Sumner and I think it would have been better if there was more exploration of the culture that caused people to be so cruel and more depth to the characters that showed at least why they were so nasty. As it was, it read like it was full of stere ...more
Oct 27, 2013 rated it liked it
I've always heard about the Cherokee Trail of Tears, but I don't recall anything about the Navajo Long Walk in 1864...
This is the story of Danny Blackgoat during that time. He and his family are captured, beaten, and forced to leave their home. When reaching their destination, Danny is treated as a prisoner and is forced to work in the fields where he is bullied and threatened almost continually. He does become friends with a fellow prisoner as they both dream of freedom and opportunity.

Seems t
Shelby Soukup
"Danny Blackgoat, Navajo Prisoner", by Tim Tingle is a great, award winning story that gives a glimpse into the Native American ways of life.

Remembering: When did Danny lose his family and what caused it?

Understanding: Describe what happened to Danny, before the Long Walk of 1864.

Analyzing: What motives did Danny possess in order to regain his freedom?

Applying: What questions would you want Danny to answer about any part of his story?

Evaluating: What choice would you have made if you were in Dan
Sep 19, 2015 rated it liked it
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I really appreciate that this book and series exists. Native American stories need to be available and told because they are silenced often. I learned a bit about the Long Walk, which I hadn't heard about before, but the writing was a little stilted and some parts of this story were a bit unbelievable. ...more
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a great high interest/low reading level series by Tim Tingle. Middle school readers will enjoy the fast moving plot plot that is full of action. More advanced readers may draw more from the historical content, learning about the Navajo Long Walk.

I anticipate this series will be popular with the middle school boys and I look foward to the next adventure of Danny Blackgoat.
The writing was a little stilted, but the historical aspect is excellent. With so few books about the Long Walk, this could be an excellent resource for classrooms, especially in New Mexico.
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Tim Tingle, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, is a popular presenter at storytelling and folklore festivals across America. He was featured at the 2002 National Storytelling Festival. In 2004, he was a Teller-In-Residence at The International Storytelling Center, Jonesborough, Tennessee. Choctaw Chief Gregory Pyle has requested a story by Tingle previous to his Annual State of the Nation ...more

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