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Miracle Hill: The Story of a Navajo Boy


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"It was in the year of 1945 on a cold morning, the third day, in the month of March. A little boy was born as the wind blew against the hogan with bitter colds and the stars were disappearing into the heaven." So begins the story of Broneco, a Navajo boy who tells of his search for a miracle. Through that telling we learn a new perspective on language and life. In Miracle Hill, Blackhorse Mitchell presents the unforgettable account of a boys struggle to learn—which would be for him a miracle—in the face of handicaps most people would call insurmountable. Under the guidance of a teacher determined to help him pursue that miracle, he records his life from birth to the dawn of manhood: herding family sheep, living at a boarding school, encountering whites for the first time, journeying home, and finally enrolling in the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, where his talent was encouraged. Miracle Hill is written in a distinctively personal style, without strict adherence to orthodox grammar that would have robbed Mitchell of his true voice. Filled with unforgettable characters and brimming with insights into Navajo ways and family relationships, it is a book that crosses cultural barriers and speaks to the miracle-seeker in us all.

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Emerson Blackhorse "Barney" Mitchell (Diné College, New Mexico) was born on the Navajo reservation in 1945. When he reached school age, he left the reservation to attend the Institute of American Indian Arts boarding school in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where, in his senior year, he began writing a story for a classroom assignment that evolved into this book. Written in the third person, the book is Mitchell's own story of struggling to go to school and learn English in an educational system that expected young members to subordinate their Navajo identity to the dominant culture. Originally published in 1967 (U. of Oklahoma Press), this reprint includes a new introduction by Paul Zolbrod (Diné College).
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About the Author

Blackhorse Mitchell lives in Shiprock, New Mexico. He teaches at Red Mesa High School in Teecnospos, Arizona, and at the Shiprock Campus of Diné College.

Product Details

Zolbrod, Paul G.
University of Arizona Press
Introduction by:
Zolbrod, Paul G.
Zolbrod, Paul G.
Mitchell, Blackhorse
Ethnic Cultures - Native Americans
Childhood Memoir
Native Americans
Personal Memoirs
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies - Tribes
Biography-Native Americans
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9 x 6 in

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