The Hero Twins tells the story of two brothers born to Changing Woman and trained by the Holy People to save their people from the naayéé', a race of monsters. But the naayéé' can't be beaten alone. Family and friends and wise mentors must lead any warrior down the good path toward victory. Colorful illustrations show the action as the twins seek out their father to receive the weapons they need to face the greatest monster of them all: Yé'iitsoh.
Told in Navajo, the Diné language, and English, this story exists in many versions, and all demonstrate the importance of thinking, patience, persistence, bravery, and reverence. These teachings still help the Diné--and everyone--find the harmony of a balanced and braver life.
Jim Kristofic grew up on the Navajo Reservation in northeastern Arizona. He has written for The Navajo Times, Arizona Highways, Native Peoples Magazine, and High Country News. He is the author of Medicine Women: The Story of the First Native American Nursing School and Navajos Wear Nikes: A Reservation Life. He lives in Taos, New Mexico.
Nolan Karras James is an artist, songwriter, powwow dancer, guitarist, and former rodeo cowboy from Piñon, Arizona. His father is Many Goats Clan (Tł'izi Lání) and his mother is Apache (Chíshí).
"This colorfully illustrated tale of two brothers searching for their true father and facing down a fearsome monster teaches how obstacles can be overcome through patience, cooperation, and bravery."--Cowboys & Indians
"An excellent resource for those learning Navajo."--Skipping Stones
"A thrillingly melodramatic tale kept close to its Navajo roots."--Kirkus Reviews
"James's vivid pencils combine elements of geometric Navajo symbolism and iconography with a superheroic comic-book sensibility brought to both the brothers and the terrifying creatures they battle."--Publishers Weekly