New Book Relives a Woman’s Fruitful Journey

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Author Barbara Van Slyke Anderson introduces a chronological narrative that brings history closer to the present generation.

Life brings people to various places to make a difference in the lives of others. When Barbara Van Slyke Anderson accepted a challenge, she never looked back. In an enriching account entitled Ákó hoo t’éé nt’éé’, That’s the Way It Used to Be, she shares a wonderful journey of life and love that infuses wisdom and inspires hope in every reader.

Ákó hoo t’éé ntéé’ is a memoir that recounts her experiences while living and teaching on the Navajo Indian Reservation in northern Arizona from 1946-1985. Anderson grew up in Gouverneur, New York and graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She went to Ganado, Arizona to teach at Ganado Mission High School under the Presbyterian Church and later in the Ganado Public High School. She married a local trader and raised a family there.

This chronicle describes the Navajo people and their beautiful land, the Bilagáana who worked with them, and the life of the Anderson family there. It shares Anderson’s experiences, the students she taught, the neighbors she came to understand, the wisdom she found, and the home she made.

Ganado was a complex, remote, and beautiful area, in which a rich interaction took place between two cultures, the Navajo and the Anglo. In intimate and well-lived detail, Barbara Anderson recounts her understanding of place, time, culture, and change – and her story is enhanced by a photographic record, pictures taken mostly by her husband, Douglas Anderson. For more information, log on to

About the Author
Although by necessity, Barbara Anderson now lives in Glendale, Arizona, a Phoenix suburb, she explains to Westerners that she grew up in northern New York, almost in Canada, and to Easterners that she lived in northern Arizona. She claims that both locales define her. Probably the weekly letters she wrote home from isolated Ganado to rural Gouverneur fostered her conviction that no great experience was quite finished until she wrote about it. She holds a B.A. from Cornell University and an M.A. from Northern Arizona University. She found great satisfaction in teaching and living with another culture.

Ákó hoo t’éé ñt’éé’ * by Barbara Van Slyke Anderson
Publication Date: April 13, 2010
Picture Book; $78.99; 278 pages; 978-1-4415-8006-1
Picture Book Hardcover; $88.99; 278 pages; 978-1-4415-8007-8

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