May 7, 2021
Send a Runner: A Navajo Honors the Long Walk
Friday, May 7, 2021
Join us LIVE on Facebook, @galluplibrary on Friday, May 7th at 7:00 p.m. for a book talk featuring Edison Eskeets and Jim Kristofic. The Navajo tribe, the Diné, are the largest tribe in the United States and live across the American Southwest. Over a century ago, they were nearly wiped out by the Long Walk, a forced removal of most of the Diné people to a military-controlled reservation in New Mexico. The summer of 2018 marked the 150th anniversary of the Navajos’ return to their homelands. One Navajo family and their community decided to honor that return by organizing a ceremonial run from Spider Rock in Canyon de Chelly, Arizona, to Santa Fé, New Mexico, in order to deliver a message and to honor the survivors of the Long Walk. Eskeets ran 330 miles from Canyon de Chelly, Arizona, to Santa Fé, New Mexico, in sixteen days. His support team on the road includes Jim Kristofic, who observes the journey and records it in his notebook.