MORNING ARROW by Nanabah Chee Dodge

MORNING ARROW

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KIRKUS REVIEW

By a Navaho author, the story of Morning Arrow who lives with his blind grandmother in a hogan. When the two of them walk to the trading post to sell the rug Grandmother has spent the summer weaving, Morning Arrow notices a beautiful $35.00 Pendleton shawl which he feels the old lady should have. But as the $75.00 the rug brings them will buy only clothes for him and some groceries, and his own savings amount to just sixty cents, he agrees on a later trip to trade his ram for the shawl. What follows is straight from grade B TV: Morning Arrow gets lost and is found sleeping in the snow by the trader; the ram runs home and Morning Arrow, resisting temptation, returns the shawl -- only to have the trader bring it as a gift for Grandmother on Christmas morning. In some places the ""poetic"" writing style is as hokey as the plot, but Nanabah Chee Dodge does get across the Navaho responsiveness to natural beauty and that alone justifies the occasional strains.

Pub Date: March 7th, 1975
Page count: 47pp
Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard