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Her Enemy, Her Love
Written by Evangeline Parsons Yazzie
"Deed Yazhi silently led her younger sister closer to the edge of the river. They listened for the singing of the song their father sang to them when they were children. Stopping once again to listen, only the sounds of the river water lapping against the river bank could be heard. The two sisters held their babies and held one another as they walked and listened.
"Ge' " Listen Deed Yazhi said when she heard the song faintly coming across the water. In unison, the two sisters began to softly sing in answer to their father's song. Deed Yazhi wished she could see as she peered through the black night. ..."
Volume two in the series by Evangeline Parsons Yazzie begins at the banks of the Pecos River in Ft Sumner New Mexico during The Long Walk where, Ninaanibaa and her husband are reunited with their daughters Deed Yazhi, and her younger sister Dzanibaa' after four years of separation. In Her Enemy, Her Love the oral history of those years of captivity continues from the perspective of the two sisters; a perspective of family, love, resilience and hope.
I wrote this novel for several reasons. First, it was the share with Navajo youth the truth about their history as told by their Navajo elders; second, it was to inform Navajo youth the strength of their ancestors and their Navajo people; third, it was to present the painful history of the Navajo people from an unusual viewpoint- that of a love story; fourth, it was to inform Navajo youth about the strength of love in terms of survival of an individual, of family, and of people; and finally, it was to instill within Navajo youth and Navajos of all ages pride for their people, knowing they come from strong stock. -Evangeline Parsons Yazzie