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A slideshow I created for my Read Around the World Book Club to be able to discuss and understand the stories behind the book Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

A slideshow I created for my Read Around the World Book Club to be able to discuss and understand the stories behind the book Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

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Race to the Sun Discussion Guide

  1. 1. Friday, November 13 at 3 pm Pasadena Public Library online Read Around the World Book Club
  2. 2. Ya’át’ééh: (YAH-AH-TEH) Hello
  3. 3. Ahéhee’: (ah-HYEH-eh) Thank you
  4. 4. Hogan: (HO-ghan) Traditional Diné house
  5. 5. K’é: (k-EH) Kinship, family
  6. 6. tsiyéél: (see-YEH) Traditional Diné bun http://www.navajocour ts.org/NNPSS/Twins% 20Narrative%20for%2 0Public%20Safety%20 Summit%202018.pdf http://nationalclothing.org/america/81-native-american-indians/414-navajo- traditional-costume-and-jewelry-each-element-represents-something- significant.html
  7. 7. Na’ashjéii: (nah-ush-JEH-ee) Spider https://www.pinterest.com/pin/8022105572021108/ This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY-SA
  8. 8. Monster Slayer and Born-for-Water were twins born to Changing Woman, and their father was the Sun. They didn’t know their father, and their mother wouldn’t say who he was. They went looking for him, and ended up being followed by monsters. Their mother begged them to stay home and be safe, but they felt they must leave her in order to protect her from the monsters that were following them. http://www.navajocourts.org/NNPSS/Twins%20Narrative%20for%20Public%20Safety%20Summit%202018.pdf
  9. 9. http://www.navajocourts.org/NNPSS/Twins%20Narrative%20for%20Public%20Safety%20Summit%202018.pdf They met Spider Woman, who told them who their father was. She said they’d have to go through trials to meet him, including rocks that could crush you, reeds that could cut you, and boiling hot sand. She gave them a hoop fashioned from eagle feathers.
  10. 10. http://www.navajocourts.org/NNPSS/Twins%20Narrative%20for%20Public%20Safety%20Summit%202018.pdf  During their trials, the Wind gave them advice. And when they met their father, he tested them and the Wind again gave them advice about how to survive his tests.  When they passed his tests, the Sun offered his sons jewels and livestock, but the Wind had told them to say, “That’s not what we came for, Father. We came for armor to kill the monsters that are chasing us.”
  11. 11. http://www.navajocourts.org/NNPSS/Twins%20Narrative%20for%20Public%20Safety%20Summit%202018.pdf  The Sun gave them armor for battle but told them they could not attack Big Giant because he is also the Sun’s child. Only he, the Sun, could strike the first blow.  They fought the Big Giant but the Sun dealt the first blow, with lightning. Monster Slayer dealt the final blow and earned the name Monster Slayer.  Monster Slayer left to fight more monsters, and his brother stayed behind to take care of their mother. Monster Slayer battled many monsters, getting help from animals like Gopher who dug him a tunnel for safety, and Ground Squirrel who scouted the danger for him.
  12. 12. Monster Slayer went to Shiprock and killed the bird monsters that kill people with their eyes, the bináá’ yee’ aghání, by throwing salt into their fire and causing sparks to fly out and blind them. (In another story, the Twins sent helpful birds to fly the Diné people to Shiprock on their backs) http://deathelevated.blogspot.com/2019/02/tse- ninajaleeh-monster-bird.html This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY-SA-NC
  13. 13. http://www.navajocourts.org/NNPSS/Twins%20Narrative%20for%20Public%20Safety%20Summit%202018.pdf Monster Slayer does not kill ALL the monsters that roam the earth. He lets some of them live:  Old Age: He lets Old Age live so that people will continue to have children and make way for future generations, passing on wisdom to each generation.  Hunger: He lets Hunger live so that people will always savor the joy of cooking and eating.  Cold: He lets Cold Woman live so that the Earth doesn’t grow too hot and dry up.  Poverty: He lets Poverty live because without Poverty, people would no longer be creative or inventive, making garments more useful and tools more helpful.  Lice: He lets Lice live so that the people will continue to be fastidious and clean their houses, bodies and clothes.
  14. 14.  In the story of the twins, the sun puts his sons through four tests before he gives them weapons, just as Nizhoni goes through tests to earn her weapons from the Sun. He challenges them. What does this say about the Diné concept of the father’s role?  What’s Nizhoni’s dad like? http://www.navajocourts.org/NNPSS/Twins%20Narrative%20for%20Public%20Safety%20Summit%202018.pdf
  15. 15. http://www.navajocourts.org/NNPSS/Twins%20Narrative%20for%20Public%20Safety%20Summit%202018.pdf
  16. 16. http://www.navajocourts.org/NNPSS/Twins%20Narrative%20for%20Public%20Safety%20Summit%202018.pdf
  17. 17. Read Around the World Book Club will meet on January 15, 2021 at 3 pm to discuss The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye! When Aref, a third-grader who lives in Muscat, Oman, refuses to pack his suitcase and prepare to move to Michigan, his mother asks for help from his grandfather, his Siddi, who takes Aref around the country, storing up memories he can carry with him to a new home. We will not meet in December – Have happy and safe holidays!

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