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The Resource Coyote : David Chethlahe Paladin, Navajo artist, John D. Kennedy

Coyote : David Chethlahe Paladin, Navajo artist, John D. Kennedy

Label
Coyote : David Chethlahe Paladin, Navajo artist
Title
Coyote
Title remainder
David Chethlahe Paladin, Navajo artist
Statement of responsibility
John D. Kennedy
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Finalist: New Mexico & Arizona Book Awards 2013. Born at Canyon de Chelly in 1926, Chethlahe had a remarkable life as he struggled with both his name identity and spiritual conflict in large part because he was a half-breed. A boarding school runaway, he became a merchant seaman at the age of 14. Unique experiences in the South Pacific led him to the United States Army and finally to subversive activity in Belgium as a sabotage agent at the age of 16. He was captured. Refusing to acknowledge his captors in anything except his Navajo language he was finally sentenced to death. While being transported for execution an unbelievable incident occurred that spared his life and sent him to Dachau Concentration Camp. At Dachau, never revealing his American identity, he survived because of Navajo and Kiva spiritual training until an unfortunate incident brought unspeakable horror and torture into his life. Upon liberation of Dachau he was found and presumed to be a dead Russian soldier. Clinging to life at 62 pounds and paraplegic, he was returned to the US for rehabilitation. Soon afterward the US Government refused rehabilitation for him and he returned to Canyon de Chelly. His medicine man uncle revived both his spirit and health before he returned to Germany for the Nuremburg trials. This is not a stereotyped story of down-and-out life on an Indian reservation; rather, it depicts the cultural heritage and beauty of the Navajo people. Chethalhe was a remarkable person that personified the coyote. In Navajo mythology Coyote was injured during critical activity, but never lost focus in bringing light to the world. Chethlahe's life ran the gamut of religion and spiritualism as he became a renown artist. Upon his death in 1984 Newsweek said that he was the most prominent Native American Indian artist of our time"--Amazon.com
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
TXI
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Coyote : David Chethlahe Paladin, Navajo artist, John D. Kennedy
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • "The life and times of visionary Navajo artist David Chethlahe Paladin"--Cover
  • "This story is historical fiction. There are some events and dialogue that could not be verified in the first person. It unfolds by threading historical, cultural, and personal events of David's life with date-certain events during and after World War II. Stories from my grandmother, recollections of my dad, my personal experience and knowledge, and recorded information from David and his widow, Lynda, are significant to this story. There were names in David's material that I could not locate or confirm, so I changed their identities. I created some people in the context of the times and events"--Page 3
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 329-333)
Control code
874837976
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
336 pages
Isbn
9781619273559
Note
Library's copy 1 (SW Writers): Purchased. Signed by author. Item laid in: Author's business card. Paperbound.
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)874837976
Label
Coyote : David Chethlahe Paladin, Navajo artist, John D. Kennedy
Publication
Note
  • "The life and times of visionary Navajo artist David Chethlahe Paladin"--Cover
  • "This story is historical fiction. There are some events and dialogue that could not be verified in the first person. It unfolds by threading historical, cultural, and personal events of David's life with date-certain events during and after World War II. Stories from my grandmother, recollections of my dad, my personal experience and knowledge, and recorded information from David and his widow, Lynda, are significant to this story. There were names in David's material that I could not locate or confirm, so I changed their identities. I created some people in the context of the times and events"--Page 3
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 329-333)
Control code
874837976
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
336 pages
Isbn
9781619273559
Note
Library's copy 1 (SW Writers): Purchased. Signed by author. Item laid in: Author's business card. Paperbound.
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)874837976

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