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Nov 19, 2019 - 04:31 AM By Jim Kristofic

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 anJust 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.
  • Title: Navajos Wear Nikes: A Reservation Life
  • Author: Jim Kristofic
  • ISBN: 9780826349477
  • Page: 369
  • Format: Paperback

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Marie Nov 19, 2019 - 04:31 AM
I just finished NAVAJOS WEAR NIKES and I have the urge to start it again, it was that good. You know a book is something special when you think about getting back to reading the next chapter during most of your busy day, and when you stay up late into the night to read just one more word. Kristofic takes you into a world that feels unvarnished. He's an outsider, a newcomer to the reservation as a young child, as are we who know nothing of this world. With the author, we are initiated into the fo [...]
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Melissa Nov 19, 2019 - 04:31 AM
As a Navajo from Tuba City, I really enjoyed reading this book.
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Stephanie Nov 19, 2019 - 04:31 AM
This is one of those books that you'll want the audio version of, unless you tell me that the print version has awesome photos or some other cool feature. To hear this in Kristofic's own lyrical voice, even translating Navajo for us, is priceless. It's a nostalgic and unflinching view of growing up some place that most of us are only lucky enough to catch a glimpse of. I just really very much enjoyed this book and his unique cultural experiences. Jim, I hope you know that your mom is a tough noo [...]
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Sarah Nov 19, 2019 - 04:31 AM
Navajos Wear Nikes should be required reading for high school, or possibly middle school, students everywhere. For that matter, adults should read this slim volume too. Kristofic moved from Pittsburg to Ganado on the Navajo Nation with his mom and brother when he was in the second grade, and lived on or just off the Nation through high school graduation. His mother, a nurse, ultimately married a Navajo and had two more children. Kristofic gained a rare perspective on Navajo life and culture as a [...]
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Elizabeth Nov 19, 2019 - 04:31 AM
This highly readable book offers a fascinating and thought-provoking twist to the typical "coming of age" memoir. The author's gift for story-telling lends depth and emotion to the unusual story he has to tell of being a white boy raised on a Navajo reservation ("The Rez") during his elementary and high school years while his mother took a job at a hospital there. The unfortunate cruelty children can inflict on each other when faced with their fears and insecurities is exacerbated when they are [...]
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Chris Nov 19, 2019 - 04:31 AM
Not the book I thought it would be; not about running or athletes. It's unlike your typical book about life on the rez by whites. Usually whites swoop in and live among the Navajo or other tribes for a year or so, observe and report and return to their lives. Such is not the case with this author. He can never really leave the rez like many Native Americans. It's in his identity now. Although he no longer lives on the rez he grew up on the rez and cried when he left Ganado, AZ to live in Page, A [...]
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Katherine Nov 19, 2019 - 04:31 AM
Jim Kristofic moved to Ganado on the Navajo Reservation in third grade (early 90's) from Pittsburgh with his single Mom, a nurse who took a job at the hospital there. HIs Mother basically leaves him and his younger brother to fend for themselves. As a bilagaana (white person) he was unmercifally bullied but eventually Ganado becomes home. I expect any boy's passage through school is fairly rough these days but the Navajo culture particularly prizes "being a tough noodle" and heroism is measured [...]
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Alexander Bahe Nov 19, 2019 - 04:31 AM
I loved this book. I really had a connection with the Author. I am a full blooded Navajo, thought this book was a good depiction of our culture. It was well written and was easy to read. When ever I started reading it I couldn't put it down. I also lived in the same city he moved to, Page, AZ. This book addressed some topics that needed to be exposed, and he did it in a tasteful way. I recommend this book to anyone interested it what it's like to grow up on the reservation.
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Mary Nov 19, 2019 - 04:31 AM
i liked this auto-biography since i have spent some time on the reservation and hope to go back. this is a more realistic, honest book about the navajo culture, more useful than a lot of library navajo books i've read.
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Cristina Nov 19, 2019 - 04:31 AM
Author Kristofic challenges stereotypes and shares traditions in Navajos Wear Nikes. It’s a readable, enjoyable memoir that provides a unique insider’s experience of Navajo culture. See my full review in Local iQ:local-iq/indexp?opt
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Robin Nov 19, 2019 - 04:31 AM
What a neat perspective, and so accessible. Too controversial for a wide middle school audience, but so glad Kristofic has contributed his voice to this discussion.
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Kayla Nov 19, 2019 - 04:31 AM
After living on the Navajo Reservation, I found this book to be a printed version of what I saw. It was truly a magical experience for me. I was living there while reading in Indiana.
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Joan Nov 19, 2019 - 04:31 AM
A well told sorry of an unusual life.
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Kayla DeVault Nov 19, 2019 - 04:31 AM
I have mixed feelings about this book. Personally, I struggled getting through it. However, I was very interested as a resident of the Navajo Nation and an enrolled member of a different tribe. I live down the road from Ganado, so it was definitely interesting reading about the things that are (and aren't anymore) there. I also get a lot of the cross-cultural stuff, although for me it's in a different form. I have a unique status as being an "other" Indian, and also part white. Probably the thin [...]
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Rosie Nov 19, 2019 - 04:31 AM
A very good book explaining the Navajo beliefs and culture. Non-Indian boys brought by their non-Indian mom to live on the Reservation. Their life in the Navajo Nation is tough - fighting, different language and rules/laws, no hot water or even running water and other hardships. All of these things, as bad as they seemed at the time, came to be cherished memories with great friendships and understandings of what they can withstand and be capable of. Many of the Navajo spiritual beliefs and famil [...]
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Sally Atwell Williams Nov 19, 2019 - 04:31 AM
Well I had written a review and it disappeared! So I will most probably write a smaller one.This is about the author's life on the Navaho Reservation in Ganado, Arizona. Jim Kristofic was a second grader, when his mother took a nursing job at the hospital on the reservation and put her two sons in the car and drove straight through to Arizona.Jim's stories and memories of life on the Rez are mostly funny - how he finally, as an Anglo, learned the Navaho Way taught him by the other boys. And beli [...]
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Cheryl Nov 19, 2019 - 04:31 AM
After coming back from a trip to Monument Valley and other places on the Navajo Reservation I wanted to read something that would give me deeper insight into contemporary life on the Res, this book was an excellent choice. Each chapter is written around a particular coming of age experience, thoughtfully interwoven with Dine history and culture. Partway through I found myself a little tired of the coming of age stories which seemed repetitive and I wished that he would have included something ab [...]
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Marie Carmean Nov 19, 2019 - 04:31 AM
Just finished this amazing memoir about growing up on the Navajo Reservation and cannot recommend it enough! It is a beautiful if sometimes raw look into a world foreign to most Anglo-Americans. Kristofic gives us an honest account of the difficulties he faced as a young white boy trying to "fit in." This world, so new to him in his young years becomes HIS world, though in equal measure he embraces his Anglo "clans" of British and Polish background as he becomes an adult. It is an easy to read n [...]
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Kelly Nov 19, 2019 - 04:31 AM
I read, or rather listened to, this fantastic book in one sitting, feeling so much kinship with this white dude on the rez, as I was the little blonde powwow dancer when I was a kid, only a couple years older than the author. It's a strange thing to belong in multiple worlds and not belong in either at the same time. This is captured with love and humor in Kristofic's memoir. I need to echo others who have recommended the audio over the visual when it comes to this story. Kristofic's rez accent [...]
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K Nov 19, 2019 - 04:31 AM
The stories were entertaining and funny. It was interesting to read a book about a white kid who grew up on the Rez and ultimately found that he could never seperate himself from it. As someone who will be traveling to the Navajo Nation to student teach in a few months, I think the cultural knowledge I gleaned from his book will be useful. He included many slang words and cuss words, which I'm sure my some of my students and dormmates will try to use around me without me noticing (joke's on them [...]
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Betty410 Nov 19, 2019 - 04:31 AM
The white boy on the reservation certainly led a rough life trying to blend in with the young Navajos. He was beat upon and shamed in every possible way. He nevertheless coped and partly because of his mother's (a nurse) attitude of toughing it out--"Big F and D" (Freaking Deal).This memoir is filled with details of life on the rez, so much so that I found myself skipping paragraphs. The important point is that Jim ended up a teacher back in Pennsylvania but also further study of the Navajo lang [...]
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Diane Nov 19, 2019 - 04:31 AM
When the author Jim Kristofic was in second grade, his mother took a job as a nurse on a Navajo reservation. The book is the story of Jim finding his place with other kids on the reservation and becoming a “tough noodle.” Some of the experiences are difficult but they ring true and I believe them. The question he is asked over and over, as a child and as an adult, is “Are you an Indian?” He gives you many ways to think about that question and pretty much lets you answer it yourself. My h [...]
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Peg Nov 19, 2019 - 04:31 AM
I saw a review of this book and decided to download it to my Kindle before a trip. I really enjoyed it. The author's first-person account of moving with his single mom (a nurse) and little brother from the Pittsburgh suburbs to the Navajo reservation in Ganado, AZ when he was just in grade school. His recollections of growing up there were honest, well-written, sensitive, and portrayed the beauty as well as the violence; the toughness and the kindness of the people he came to know and love.
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David Nov 19, 2019 - 04:31 AM
An interesting look at a "Rez" boyhood nowadays. Kristofic made the best of being an "Anglo" among Navajo kids, after being moved to a reservation by a white mother who was enamored by Indian men. He had a tough childhood, but remembers most of it fondly; his affection for the people and places in Arizona is clearly evident.
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Kate Nov 19, 2019 - 04:31 AM
East coast white boy is raised on Navajo Rez when mother takes a nursing job there. Later he acquires 2 Navajo half siblings and a Navajo stepfather then goes to a very monocultural WASP college. Deals really well with the "are you Indian" question. Also excellent on the rough diamond aspects of Rez life.
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Marla Sommer Nov 19, 2019 - 04:31 AM
A single mom takes her two sons to the four corner area for a new job on the reservation. These east coast boys try to fit in to the culture, poverty and stark dry environment and ultimately succeed and grow up to be successful adults.
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Vicki Nov 19, 2019 - 04:31 AM
I grew up (and still live) in Arizona. I have always been interested in Native American culture, and this book left me wanting to learn more. I thought it is wonderfully written, and gives fabulous insight. Thank you, White Apple!
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Dave Nov 19, 2019 - 04:31 AM
Author Jim Kristofic's account of his childhood growing up on the Navajo reservation was painful to read at times due to the harshness of the experience but it really gives the reader a great look at life and culture on the "rez" as well as a first hand look at racial discrimination.
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Susan Baker Nov 19, 2019 - 04:31 AM
Loved the cultural references reminiscent of my own childhood, having grown up among Navajos in NM. I could have used less of the vulgar little-boy Navajo humora couple of examples would have served well to illustrate. I do recommend it for an easy read and short sketch of Rez life.
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Kent Monken Nov 19, 2019 - 04:31 AM
I recorded this book for the Arizona Talking Books Libraryls the story of an Anglo boy raised on the Rez in Ganado Arizona Navajo life is both sacred and difficult. Inspirational and informative. A good read on a not much discussed topic.
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Navajos Wear Nikes: A Reservation Life By Jim Kristofic 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 anJust 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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