Looking for Lost Bird: A Jewish Woman Discovers Her Navajo Roots by Yvette MelansonLooking for Lost Bird: A Jewish Woman Discovers Her Navajo Roots by Yvette Melanson

Looking for Lost Bird: A Jewish Woman Discovers Her Navajo Roots

byYvette Melanson

Paperback | January 4, 2000

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In this haunting memoir, Yvette Melanson tells of being raised to believe that she was white and Jewish. At age forty-three, she learned that she was a "Lost Bird," a Navajo child taken against her family's wishes, and that her grieving birth mother had never stopped looking for her until the day she died. In this haunting memoir, Yvette Melanson tells of being raised to believe that she was white and Jewish. At age forty-three, she learned that she was a "Lost Bird," a Navajo child taken against her family's wishes, and that her grieving birth mother had never stopped looking for her until the day she died.
"An inspirational story for adoptees, particularly American Indians, seeking to uncover their past." (Kirkus Reviews)
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Title:Looking for Lost Bird: A Jewish Woman Discovers Her Navajo RootsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.54 inPublished:January 4, 2000Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0380795531

ISBN - 13:9780380795536

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A ‘lost bird’ is what Native American relatives refer to a child who the authorities have taken, against his or her will, from tribal reservations. Looking for Lost Bird: A Jewish Woman Finds Her Navajo Roots is Yvette Melanson’s autobiography. In the book, she reveals that she spent her adult years serving in the United States Navy and the Israeli Army. Now living on her native Navajo Reservation, Melanson, along with Claire Safran, tells about the ups and downs of growing up as an adopted member of an affluent Jewish family and leading her current life as a Navajo in training. 

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"This memoir of an extraordinary eventful life is crafted like the rugs that Melanson has learned to make in the tradition of her birth family." --- Publishers Weekly"The story of Yvette Melanson is that of an adopted child, loved and raised in a Jewish household, who, when found by her Navajo/Dineh family of origin, packed up her husband and daughters and drove out west to recapture her roots as a "Navajo in training." Her stories of the members of her families -- families from two cultures who had only known each other cliches - is told with much struggle, humor and compassion." --- Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D., author of Women Who Run with the Wolves, The Gift of Story and The Faithful Gardener"An inspirational story for adoptees, particularly American Indians, seeking to uncover their past." -- Kirkus Reviews"This is a surprising and extremely moving book...very well crafted...has the suspense of a novel as it engages us in Melanson's struggles...and keeps us wondering whether her lost twin will ever be found." --- Booklist