Arizona Book Award - Arizona Publisher's Association 2007
This award-winning book is a bilingual ecology tale from the Navajo tradition.
Native Americans lived in balance with the earth for generations. Here are some discussion points, questions, or ideas for reports, introduced and embodied in the story. We’ll concentrate and character and setting.
Ecological threads and activities described on-line Snail keeps the spring water clean. http://www.pbs.org/saf/1204/teaching/teaching2.htm
http://www.delta-education.com/productdetail.aspx?Collection=N&prodID=5320&return=1088 river flow change: Beaver, Otter, Muskrat
The Colorado River is shared by many in the arid region of the southwest. The Hoover Dam being was built in 1931. Dams are intended to provide safety from raging floods and protect cities and farms from drought via their massive stores of water. Unfortunately the redirected water has changed river habitat and impacted fish and wildlife. Efforts are currently underway to restore damaged habitat and boost the population of these creatures.
http://allaboutfrogs.org/weird/general/raining.html each of the animals of the southwest in this story can be studied.
Coyote actually lit the mountainside on fire, but this could not be mentioned by the author, because of the importance of sacred coyote in Navajo tradition. If the story begins with coyote, it must be a coyote story, out of respect for coyote.
First Man has ideas, but First Woman is always the one to take action. Navajo is a matrilineal society in that the people claim their clans through their mothers.