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Extra resources for A Place to Be Navajo: Rough Rock and the Struggle for Self-Determination in Indigenous Schooling (Volume in Lea's Sociocultural, Political, and Historical Studies in Education Series)
The land, if you learn it, . . " My grandfather used to say this to me . And it is true . . It is like that today . That is how it is . As children reached the age of 10 to 12 "when one's thought begins exist- ing"-honitsekees nilfinii hazlii'-they participated more fully in adult activi- ties, including learning songs and prayers for earth, home, and livestock, and participating in ceremonies . "There is a song for horses and sheep," Blair Tsosie said, recalling what his elders had told him : Mother Earth has a song also.
That's how it used to be. People also harvested pinon nuts, wild onions, yucca seeds and fruit, and red sumac berries . "Upon this Mother Earth, there used to be a great variety of vegetation," John Dick, the first president of the Rough Rock School Board, reminisced . " Ernest Dick estimated his father's age at 89. John Dick remembered, "And rain, there was rain! So many different plants used to grow . . " But the staples of life were corn and the meat and other by-products of sheep, goats, cattle, and horses .
After [my relatives] had all come back, they settled here . . We still live in the same place. LAND, LIVESTOCK, AND LIFESTYLE As Blair Tsosie's account reveals, with their small government-issued rations, people returned to what was left of their lands and began rebuilding their lives . Roessel (1983) observes that confusion surely existed regarding the new reservation boundaries; "the Navajos felt they were returning to the land they lived on prior to Fort Sumner but in reality the 1868 reservation contained no more than 10 percent of the land they earlier owned and used" (pp .
A Place to Be Navajo: Rough Rock and the Struggle for Self-Determination in Indigenous Schooling (Volume in Lea's Sociocultural, Political, and Historical Studies in Education Series) by WITH Teresa L. McCarty, Teresa L. McCarty