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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.

©2011 Jim Kristofic (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Entertaining and Educational

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.

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  • Stephanie
  • Beautiful Groveland, MA, United States
  • 05-03-16

Rez life, live and in color

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!

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  • R
  • 10-03-13

Absolutely nailed the Modern Navajo Way of Life...

Would you listen to Navajos Wear Nikes again? Why?

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.

What about Jim Kristofic’s performance did you like?

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.

Any additional comments?

This has become one of my favorite audiobooks and will be one I listen to most often in my library.

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  • Susie
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 09-30-13

Fast Times at Navajo High

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.”

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The Best Ever

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.
AHEHE
HAGOONE
MAY YOU ALWAYS WALK IN BEAUTY, , JIM!

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Interesting for sure...

Would you consider the audio edition of Navajos Wear Nikes to be better than the print version?

This was a super insightful narrative about a way of life the majority of Americans are not familiar with... Loved hearing the Navajo language.

Would you recommend Navajos Wear Nikes to your friends? Why or why not?

Sure

Which character – as performed by Jim Kristofic – was your favorite?

His Mom... "Big FD" - LOL!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Made me empathic towards the Native Americans and how they have been treated over the decades and even today.

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This book HAS to be Heard!

You could read this book, but to hear it as an audible book it to really experience it. Kristofic's voice is mesmerizing and he has mastered the tone and speech patterns of the dine, the Navajo language. In his narration he leads you into his difficult life as an Anglo child living on a Navajo reservation after his divorced mom, from Pennsylvania takes a job as a nurse on a reservation hospital in Ganado, Az. He describes the awkwardness of fitting into a society that was totally foreign to him and very harsh.
I wished this book would never end. And I'm glad he learned how to be a "tough noodle"!
I am now a super fan of this author.

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good book!

it was well read... I loved it. I loved he knew how to pronounce the Navajo words without sounding like a white dude.

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Nizhoni (Beautiful) !

Excellent and told as I want to but cannot express myself in the way Jim does. My experience is exactly the same except I am Navajo and lived off the rez and the experiences are the same.
I really enjoyed this book.

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Excellent book.

Kristofic work taught me respect, love, and understanding of the Dine.

Most of all it taught me a deep understanding of the land when I sit in front of the hogan and how fortunate to have a Beautiful Navajo woman in my life.