Rattlesnake Mesa

By Booklist

Weber grew up in the early twentieth century on the Crown Point Navajo Reservation, and she attended a government boarding school for Native American children. She recounts childhood experiences in both places: the games of lizard she played with her friends on the mesa; the thrill of participating in festivals; the friendships and jokes that allowed her to survive the dehumanizing school. Her immediate, first-person voice reads like spoken word… The black and white photographs are arresting images… readers will enjoy the intimate view of a Native American childhood of the time, and they will easily connect with Weber’s universal memories, especially those of her strong friendships, and the empowering, subversive humor (including a few fart jokes) at the expense of adults.