Turtle Dream is a collection of stories for readers of all ages. Author Gerald Hausman (Meditations with the Navajo; Sitting on the Blue-Eyed Bear; Stargazer) experienced these stories with his Native American friends in the Southwest. They are a true reflection of native customs, but more importantly, they reveal that startling moment when life causes us to surrender our conscious power, to discover the nature of who we really are. A footrace in Hopi country and Jemez Pueblo... behind the waterfall at Havasu in the Grand Canyon... a turquoise horse in the heart of Navajo land... riding on Turtle's back deep in a dream... here are stories that delight and amaze, teach and share the old ways of the first people of America.
Praise for Turtle Dream
Each of the five stories in this collection depicts a young Native American at a moment of epiphany, when profound truths are glimpsed. Lisa, a 12-year-old Navajo, has a vivid dream of a turquoise horse; how she chooses to share her dream reveals her calling as a poet. Sam, half Havasupai, returns to his people's canyon after years away and confronts a paralyzing childhood fear. Beth makes her peace with the afterlife, embracing and even rejoicing in change. Contemplative rather than strongly active, these are lyrical, quietly forceful pieces that effectively portray their characters' links to both the physical and spiritual worlds. Readers are invited to probe such mysteries as visions and ghosts and are also given insight into the tensions between the ways of "the people" and the demands of the modern world. Ages 12-up.
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