LEE NATONI: Young Navajo by Helen Acker

LEE NATONI: Young Navajo

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The conflict a twelve-year old Navajo boy feels in contemporary Southwestern United States between his traditional ways and the modern ways of the world about him, suggests an interesting subject for a teen-age story. Unfortunately the story of Lee Natoni- a fictional Navajo- of his isolated loneliness, of his futile attempts to save a tubercular old man, dying of consumption, by employing Indian remedies, and of his final hope in a more ""scientific"" approach, evolve here in a way too mechanical to be of any genuine interest. An ending, too glibly happy for everyone -- the medicine man who will assist the good white doctor and the good white doctor who will assist the medicine man -- turns into a kind of pie in the great Western sky finale, a pie painfully lacking in dramatic spice or fictional flavor.

Pub Date: Sept. 19th, 1958
Publisher: Abelard-Schuman