The Long Walk: The Forced Navajo Exile (Landmark Events in by Jennifer Denetdale

By Jennifer Denetdale

In 1863, the Dine (Navajo) confronted ameliorations to their lifestyle with the american citizens' selection to first subjugate after which eliminate them to a reservation in an effort to commence their assimilation to American tradition. This ebook exposes the sequence of occasions that facilitated the Navajo's elimination from their place of origin.

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S. officials tried to assure the Diné that life would be good at their new home. Because they were arriving in the late fall and early winter, they would be given food because they would not have time to plant crops; but when spring came, they could clear the land and plant their crops. They would build homes in the American style—close to each other—and the children would go to school to learn American ways. It all sounded promising, especially as Dinétah was smoldering with Carson’s war. Tragically, as the People waited at the fort for the caravan to begin its journey, 126 prisoners died.

35 Peshlakai, who was from the Arizona region of Navajo country, was a boy when his kin were rounded up to go to Bosque Redondo. At first, his family attempted to elude enemies like the Utes, but with the reports that their country was being decimated, they prepared to go to the forts, for it was unsafe in their homeland. Before they began the journey to Fort Wingate, the medicine man conducted a ceremony for their protection and prayed for all of the people. After another day had passed, they started toward the fort and passed a Zuni village, where some Zunis, who were their old enemies, greeted them.

Reaching Fort Wingate did not solve their problems; for the army could only offer McCabe’s party a half-pound each of flour and beef for each captive. He also failed to receive additional clothing and wagons, both of which had been promised. Fearful of a revolt, McCabe called in the headmen and assured them that full rations would be received at the next stop, Los Pinos, near Albuquerque. As the party traveled past the villages of Acoma and Laguna, McCabe noted that a few of the Pueblo people came out and attempted to provide some assistance to the captives.

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