The indigenous Navajo way of life has been in "survival mode" since the introduction of Eurocentric culture in the Americas. Darryl Benally tells the true story of what it is like growing up Navajo, surviving the challenges of navigating in a multicultural society and an unjust system, while layering the pages with knowledge about the Navajo culture itself. Darryl Benally's story begins with life on a Navajo Reservation with all the cards stacked against him-being exposed to alcoholism, domestic violence, and enduring a government sponsored boarding school.
You will be inspired on how a Navajo became a member of the Ranger Regiment in the U.S. Armed Forces, graduated with a doctorate degree, and now serves as mental health therapist school psychologist within his community to ensure children and families receive adequate mental health services. Within the book, the reader becomes acquainted with the elements of cultural competence, but also develop insight in applying the heart of wisdom to their own lives.
Resilience: My Journey in the Navajo Nation is must read passionate personal experience of wading through the murky waters of an American society that longs to forget its sordid past even while dealing with the cultural aftermath of its actions. It is for seekers of indigenous knowledge and those who embrace and understanding of social justice.