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|Tags:||fiction, young adult, Newbery Medal, Navajo Indians|
Younger Brother, a Navajo Indian living in Arizona in the 1920s, wishes to follow in the footsteps of his uncle and become a medicine man. To accomplish this task, he must undergo several arduous years of training to learn all of the ancient songs and customs of his ancestors. This includes a journey to the Pacific Ocean in the far west, participating in traditional ceremonies, and climbing the nearby Waterless Mountain. Throughout his training, his Uncle relates to him numerous legends of their culture.—Wikipedia. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Armer, Laura Adams
Laura Adams Armer (1874-1963) was an artist, photographer and author. Born in California, she studied are at the California School of Design in San Francisco where she met her future husband, Sidney Armer. When she was about 50 she journeyed to Arizona where she documented the life and culture of the Navajo people. Her first novel, "Waterless Mountain", features a young boy who aspires to be a medicine man. The book portrays the Navajo as intelligent, sensitive human beings while avoiding cliches and stereotypes. The book won the Newbery Medal for children's literature in 1932. (The Newbery Companion)
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