Canyon Dreams: A Basketball Season on the Navajo Team
Deep in the heart of Arizona, in a small and isolated patch of the 17-1/2-million-acre Navajo reservation, sits Chinle High School. Here, basketball is the passion. It’s a sport for winters where it can get dark fast; when there is not much else to do, the students and their parents say, but work and drink. The town has 4,500 residents but the high school arena seats 7,000. Fans drive from thirty, fifty, even eighty miles away to see highly competitive matchups that are more than just games to the players and the fans.
Celebrated Times journalist Michael Powell brings us a narrative of triumph and hardship, a moving story about a basketball team on a Navajo reservation that shows how important sports can be to youths in struggling communities, and the difficult realities that confront Native Americans living on reservations. This book details his season-long immersion into the team, town, and culture, in which there were exhilarating wins, crushing losses, and conversations on long bus rides to and from games about dreams for leaving home or the fear of never being able to.
Full-color photo insert.
JLG Release: Apr 2020
9 1/4" x 6 1/4"
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
Blue Rider (Adult)
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Discrimination: Reference/Discussion, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Language: Strong Language, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Violence: Mild Violence
Chinle Wildcats (basketball team), Chinle High School (Chinle, Arizona), Basketball, Indian athletes, High school athletes, Arizona, Navajo Nation, New Mexico, Utah, Poverty, Reservations, Native Americans,