The Story of a Navajo Boy
In Miracle Hill, Blackhorse Mitchell presents the unforgettable account of a boy’s struggle to learn—which would be for him a miracle—in the face of handicaps most people would call insurmountable. Under the guidance of a teacher determined to help him pursue that miracle, he records his life from birth to the dawn of manhood: herding family sheep, living at a boarding school, encountering whites for the first time, journeying home, and finally enrolling in the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, where his talent was encouraged.
Miracle Hill is written in a distinctively personal style, without strict adherence to orthodox grammar that would have robbed Mitchell of his true voice. Filled with unforgettable characters and brimming with insights into Navajo ways and family relationships, it is a book that crosses cultural barriers and speaks to the miracle-seeker in us all.
It is the tale, graphically if uniquely written, of a young Navajo growing up astride two cultures, and it is wonderful to watch how he grows mentally, retaining his deep love of nature, his strong family ties, and the best of his Indian background. . . . Written in any other way, [it] would have been facts without feeling." —Monterey Peninsula Herald
"An engaging book, erratic, fresh and at times poetic." —N. Scott Momaday, New York Times Book Review