I purchased a copy of your book, Heart Chants. I have just recently finished reading it and I enjoyed every word.
As a KU alum, I smiled at the references to downtown Lawrence, the Bierstube, Jayhawk placemats and the sandbar in the Kaw River. My husband and I remarked that while we were aware of Haskell, we don't remember seeing any Indians around Lawrence. Did we really not see any or did we see them and look through them--as they were not then on our radar screens? It is both sad and embarrassing to admit that we probably looked right through them.
Before I started the book I spent some time reading about the Navajo creation story. It is an overwhelming amount of information. The way you presented it--the creation as told to Ko-yo-teh by his father, and the description of the sand painting--made it easier to understand and appreciate. I enjoyed the way the two stories were interwoven.
" He would be there always for any true Dine to find anytime they had the eyes to see and a heart to understand". Very powerful stuff.
I read one of the reviews of the book that said you not only went up against Tony Hillerman, but you surpassed him. I would have to agree.