Colonel Kit Carson, Navahoes, Passover, Nazi Germany


In 1864, the United States government sent Colonel Kit Carson on a pillaging, murdering foray through Navaho country, what is now northern Arizona. Scot O'Dell tells the story in a charming and moving book for young adults entitled, Sing Down the Moon, winner of the Hans Christian Andersen medal for children's books in 1970. The entire nation of about 10,000 Navahoes were forced to migrate, to relocate. It was a painful journey marked by much suffering and death. To this day it is known as the "long walk;" any child of the Navahoes will tell you the story. Mother or father told them the story while yet infants. The story defines them as Navahoes.