Join as author Sharon K. Solomon narrates the journey of a Native American runner as he runs his way to the Olympics. Hopi Pueblo runner, Lewis Tewanima was forced from his village into a government boarding school, where he was prohibited from practicing his native language and traditions. He found that running was a way to bridge the gap between his Indian heritage and American culture, and his talent led him to the 1912 Olympics and a silver medal. Young readers will be inspired by this biography. To honor his life, a race is held in Second Mesa, Arizona, every Labor Day.
- Author: Sharon K. Solomon
- Hardcover 32 pages
- Publisher: Pelican Publishing (February 15, 2014)
- ISBN-10: 1455619418
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 0.5 inches
Sharon K. Solomon spent 35 years working as an elementary reading specialist in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, before migrating south and retiring in Lansdowne, VA. Solomon began writing children’s books in her final years as an educator, and has continued writing a variety of children’s genres including plays, picture books, early chapter books, and middle grade fiction and historical fiction. She gets her ideas from her grandchildren and from her travel and everyday experiences. Solomon is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and she is also a member of a local writing critique group in Lansdowne, VA where she resides. She received her BA in Elementary Education from Pennsylvania State University, and she received her MA in education from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. When she is not writing, she enjoys volunteering at the Loudoun Museum in Leesburg, VA, and tutoring for Spanish speaking adults.
The Hopi reservation is located in northeastern Arizona, an area they have inhabited since the 12th century. The Hopi live on top of and around three steep mesas in the desert highlands of northern Arizona. One of the oldest continuously inhabited villages in North America is Old Oraibi, established around 1050 A.D on what is now known as Third Mesa.
Lewis Tewanima once ran 120 miles round-trip just to watch the trains go by. Life in his Hopi village was simple and peaceful, until he was forced to leave it and attend government boarding schools, first in New Mexico and then in Pennsylvania. Made to abandon his family and culture, Lewis vowed not to abandon his running. At Carlisle Indian School, he convinced Coach Warner that he could run. Eventually Tewanima won the Olympic silver medal record for the 10,000-meter race in 1912, but he found peace again in his Hopi mesa village, where he remained for almost 60 years.
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