Della Toadlena Tells Story of Growing up Navajo and Shares Clan’s History

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Della Toadlena tells all in personal memoir, ‘Our Story: Nihanane’’

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“I believe my book will appeal to young Native Americans who are constantly looking for people that will provide positive role models and help them see that they can become and accomplish whatever they set their minds to,”

Author and Navajo Della Toadlena felt that her children didn’t know the history and origin of her Navajo clan. It was this reason she decided to pen her new book, “Our Story: Nihahane’” (published by Trafford Publishing).

In “Our Story,” Toadlena describes where and how her traditional clan came about, and then shares her childhood growing up on the Navajo Reservation along with her educational experiences at the Bureau of Indian Affairs Mission Schools.

An excerpt from “Our Story”:

As a child I remember sitting up late at night with my sisters helping Grandma, Asdzaan Altsisi and our mother preparing food for the next day. Often it was roasting and grinding corn into meal for cornbread, pudding, dumpling or mush. Asdzaan Altsisi was our mother’s paternal grandmother. My mother was just three when her mother died, and this old lady took her under her wings and raised her. She was already a very old woman with white hair when we lived with her. Another time when there had been the butchering of a sheep, it was peeling the inside lining of the skin and running skewers of fat through it.

“I believe my book will appeal to young Native Americans who are constantly looking for people that will provide positive role models and help them see that they can become and accomplish whatever they set their minds to,” explains Toadlena.

About the Author
Della Toadlena was born in Canyon Del Muerto and grew up around the Black Rock area in northeastern Arizona on a very remote part of the Navaho Reservation. She was raised under the tutelage of her elderly ancestry, instilling in her the importance of remembering their story and carrying it on to her descendants. She earned an A.A. and a B.A. in elementary education and an M.A. in English. Toadlena joined the Humanities Division faculty at Dine College where she taught writing and “Introduction to Native American Literature” until she retired in May 2007.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, Inc. author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit trafford.com.

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