Navajo Long Walk - Grades : 4 - 7
1864 thousands of Navajo Indians were forced to leave their land in Arizona and march nearly 300 miles east to an internment camp. After four years of confinement, they were allowed to return home to what eventually became the Navajo reservation. Armstrong tells the story of the Long Walk and the subsequent imprisonment through the experiences of young Kee and his family; she details the forced surrender, the difficult journey, the lack of adequate food and shelter, and the deaths from starvation, disease, and homesickness. Although the ending gives no hint of the conflicts to come, the Long Walk and the internment are vividly portrayed, and Armstrong's characters show the complexity and confusion of the situation. Paperback. 1994 . Armstrong, Nancy .