Just before starting second grade, Jim Kristofic moved from Pittsburgh across the country to Ganado, Arizona, when his mother took a job at a hospital on the Navajo Reservation. Navajos Wear Nikes reveals the complexity of modern life on the Navajo Reservation, a world where Anglo and Navajo coexisted in a tenuous truce. After the births of his Navajo half-siblings, Jim and his family moved off the Reservation to an Arizona border town where they struggled to readapt to an Anglo world that no longer felt like home.
With tales of gangs and skinwalkers, an Indian Boy Scout troop, a fanatical Sunday school teacher, and the author’s own experience of sincere friendships that lead to ho "zho" (beautiful harmony), Kristofic's memoir is an honest portrait of growing up on - and growing to love - the Reservation.
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I loved this book and the awesome narration right from the start. Kristofic has that beautiful, lyrical manner of Navajo speech that you will recognize if you've been lucky enough to visit. I really enjoyed and appreciated the translated parts muchly. Thank you for this nostalgic but unsparing view of what it's like to grow up in a place that so few of us even catch a glimpse of. Jim, your Mom is a tough noodle!
I loved this book and the fact that Jim Kristofic narrated it! I am Diné and grew up on the reservation so a lot of stories told were relatable. Not only is this entertaining and also very educational. It was nice to be reminded of some traditions as well as learn more about them. Even if you read the book I would still highly suggest that you listen to the audiobook.
Most definitely, the author describes in vivid details growing up as a modern day Navajo with clever anecdotes combined with Navajo lore and mythology. His stories brought back fond memories of my childhood visiting relatives who lived on the reservation as well as life off the reservation living with non-Navajos.
Jim has the accent, inflection and talent to make his voice sound like other Navajo "characters" in everyday life. His narration brought his story to life and lent his voice true credibility. It was in his many voices that I heard hints of my friends/older cousins' know-it-all attitude, my uncles' sense of humor, my grandparents' wisdom, my younger siblings' joy in being little and my duty and responsibility in being the oldest of four kids.
This has become one of my favorite audiobooks and will be one I listen to most often in my library.
I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South."
Alienated teenager code-switching in the middle of an Indian Boy Scout Troup on the Rez? “Fast Times at Navajo High,” you could call it.
Audible was so lucky to get author Jim Kristofic to read his memoir, because NO ONE could’ve done this unique book except him and his boyhood friends who lived it. He is fantastic, and his Audible editor/producer understood exactly what they were getting here, a real jewel.
A really special book, another one of my candidates for “Diversity To Blow the Audio Mind.”
This document is so plain and pure, one can't help but admire the author. I have a much better understanding of the Dineh, even though I, too, spent many many vacations volunteering in Sage Memorial Hospital in Ganado.. JIM. TOLD IT ALL, with love, understanding and complete finesse.. A very bright and deep thinker. I have learned very much from this narrative. I hope all read it.
MAY YOU ALWAYS WALK IN BEAUTY, , JIM!
This was a super insightful narrative about a way of life the majority of Americans are not familiar with... Loved hearing the Navajo language.
His Mom... "Big FD" - LOL!
Made me empathic towards the Native Americans and how they have been treated over the decades and even today.
This is absolutely the best explanation of Navajo that I have ever read. It is also a marvelously good read. It's educational in a way that won't hurt. Wish I ha read it 20 years ago. Of course, it wasn't written then. The author has such a light touch with the parts of the subjects that can be uncomfortable. I loved this book and plan to listen a couple more times. Usually I don't care for author-read books. This one I don't believe could be as effectively read by anyone else.
The story itself is not profound, however the combination of the fantastic author/narrator with the window it gives into another culture is what makes it worth listening. For the past 17 years I've directed the agency that supplies blood to the hospitals on the Reservation and I've been to many of these places. My sons even went to the same Scout camp. Some of the language is a little crude, but this is reflecting teenage boys and how they talk.
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