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Rattlesnake Mesa: Stories from a Native American Childhood

By EdNah New Rider Weber
Photographed by Richela Renkun

Paperback: $17.95

After her beloved Grandmother dies, EdNah, a seven-year-old Pawnee girl, goes to live with a father she hardly knows on a Navajo reservation miles away. Heartbroken but resilient, she begins to create a new life for herself in this unfamiliar place.

Just as EdNah starts to feel at home in her new surroundings, she is sent away to a strict government-run Indian school. With her world turned upside down once again, EdNah must learn to rely on herself and her newfound community of friends.

Told in the unconventional voice of a seasoned storyteller, Rattlesnake Mesa is a true account of a girl coming-of-age during a complex time in America’s past. Both heartbreaking and humorous, you will be moved to tears and laughter as you experience EdNah’s spirited celebration of life as a healing.
 

About the Creators

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"Wolf Clan Woman," is a respected Native American elder and storyteller. She was born into the Skidi band of the Pawnee Nation and raised on the Crown Point Navajo Reservation in New Mexico. Weber has traveled all over the United States sharing stories of her childhood and life. She is also a gifted beadworker whose work has been recognized internationally and is featured in Lois Sherr Dubin's preeminent North American Indian Jewelry and Adornment. Weber lives with her family in Tucson, Arizona.

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is a graduate of New York University, where she majored in the performing arts. She brings her film and theater background to her photographic storytelling. Photographing Native American subjects holds a special place in Renkun's heart, and she has been honored by the Lakota with her own Indian name, "Loves Her Horses Woman." Renkun lives with her family and their horses in Vermont.

About This Title

ISBN

Paperback: 9781600608742

Hardcover: 9781584302315

Awards

Notable Books for a Global Society
International Reading Association (IRA)

Children's Book Award Notable
International Reading Association (IRA)

Choices
Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)

Honor Book Award
Society of School Librarians International

Southwest Books of the Year
Tucson/Pima Public Library

Spur Awards Finalist
Western Writers of America

Guided Reading:

W

Lexile:

760L

Interest Level:

Grades 4 - 12

Reading Level:

Grades 4 - 5

Themes

Nonfiction, Middle Grade, YA interest, Identity/Self Esteem/Confidence, Overcoming Obstacles, Native American Interest, Friendship, Environment/Nature, Discrimination, Coping with Death, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Biography/Memoir, Empathy/Compassion, Persistence/Grit, Courage, Dreams & Aspirations, Families, Grandparents, History, Home, Poverty, Self Control/Self Regulation, United States History

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