Riders on the Rez

      Jan Lofton

Riders on the Rez

Billy Tsosie meets his Navaho relatives for the 1st time ever but he is afraid he does not fit in. His Mom has never taught him Dine traditions and he thinks his older cousin Danny looks down on him because of it. But when Billy gets into a fight at the Kayenta Skateboard Park, it is Danny who comes to his rescue. With glossary of skate terms.Free, in memory of Rex Meyer.Young skateboarder Billy Tsosie is quick to take on kids who tease him about his Native American heritage, and equally quick to jump into a fight with the kid who kicks his little cousin, Shawna.When he interacts with his "rellies" on the Navajo reservation for the first time in his short life, he becomes proud of being Dine. Through the teaching of his older cousins, his uncles, great-grandmother, and Spiderwoman herself, he comes to understand the meaning of hozho, a Navajo term for "walking in beauty."
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