This long-ago Newbery Award winner was really interesting. Armer was an American artist who lived near the Navaho Indians in northern Arizona for many years. She was the first white woman to be told about and eventually to film some of the Navaho ceremonies.
This novel is the story of one young Navaho boy through a year as he develops from a sheep herder to the beginnings of manhood and to becoming a trainee with his Uncle as a medicine man and storyteller. “Younger Brother” has experiences that he views as mystical, and everything in the world is alive to him. It took a while to get into the flow of its quiet style, but once I did I was quite compelled. This is not a book that you rush through. It is contemplative and mystical, if you take a deep breath and allow yourself to slow down.
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