Looking for Lost Bird

Looking for Lost Bird

A Jewish Woman's Discovery of Her Navajo Roots

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The author describes how she was stolen from her Navajo family and adopted on the black market by a middle-class Jewish couple, her search for her unknown heritage, her reunion with the Navajo world, and her struggle to uncover the mysteries of identity, upbringing, and family.

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Adopted on the black market, Yvette went to live with an affluent older couple in New York. They filled her days with piano lessons, ballet and art classes, and wished her sweet dreams in a canopy bed. But then love faltered, replaced by grief and rejection. Striking out on her own, Yvette went to Israel and sought comfort among Kibbutz friends and army comrades, then returned to the states, no closer to finding peace with herself. With deep yearning and wry humor, Yvette tells of finally finding her reality--a truth that she could never have conjured for herself.

Moving to a hidden corner of the Navajo reservation, she is met by strangers who say they are her family. In the mystery of their ceremonies and in the daily rhythms of reservation life, she learns about Navajo spirituality, about medicine men and Changing Woman, about winds that whisper and ghosts that walk.

This is the story of a woman yearning to fit into an unknown heritage. Even as she learns to weave Navajo rugs, she looks for ways to intertwine her Jewish faith and the Navajo one to lace the Biblical story of Adam and Even with the Navajo tales of the corn people. Exploring the secrets of identity and the meaning of family, she measures the ties of upbringing against the tug of blood. What she finds is faith, in all its forms, and love, in all its faces.

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The author describes how she was stolen from her Navajo family and adopted on the black market by a middle class Jewish couple and her search for her unknown heritage

Publisher: New York : Bard, 1999.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780380976010
Branch Call Number: 920 MELANSON, Y.
Characteristics: 233 p. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Safran, Claire


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Dec 26, 2016

As a Native American in Arizona... I know this story all to well. Certain Christian groups could come into our home and take us away, to teach us how our parents were devil worshipers. Many of us were just used as servants for the Higher-ups in the church. Like the story "Lost Bird," many were Doctors and Nurses. These groups in Arizona, Colorado and Utah took the new borns from their Mothers, claiming their babies had died in delivery. Now that I'm an adult, I have met many of those who had been taken away and sold into slavery, or sold in adoptions to further the church's money. Reading this book, only took me back to when I was child and had to grow up with this happening all around me. I have my story and many other Natives have theirs. I'm glad that one of us, took the time to tell this story. In my life time of trying to tell others that this was happening, NOBODY believed me. I recommend this book to everyone... so you might learn the truth that happened in America. The many bad things that happened in the last 500 years... and those that continue to this day.

Aug 02, 2014

I know Native Americans suffered greatly but I had no idea that their children were actually stolen from them. This is a beautiful true story. There is a lot of hardship here along the way but the journey is ultimately made well worth it. Interesting way to reflect on culture of the white and native American world both having their strengths and weaknesses.


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