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2022 Arizona Author Series: Jim Kristofic "Medicine Women: The Story of the First Native American Nursing School"

2022 Arizona Author Series: Jim Kristofic "Medicine Women: The Story of the First Native American Nursing School"

Author Jim Kristofic will present a talk, "Medicine Women: The Story of the First Native American Nursing School" as part of the State of Arizona Research Library’s 2022 Arizona Author Series. The talk is at 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 30th, and will be held virtually on Zoom. Attendees are encouraged to register to receive the link to the presentation. After the talk, there will be time for questions from the audience.

After the Indian wars, many Americans still believed that the only good Indian was a dead Indian. But at Ganado Mission in the Navajo country of Northern Arizona, a group of missionaries and doctors - who cared less about saving souls and more about saving lives - chose a different way and persuaded the local parents and medicine men to allow them to educate their daughters as nurses. The young women struggled to step into the world of modern medicine, but they knew they might become nurses who could build a bridge between the old ways and the new.

In this detailed history, Jim Kristofic traces the story of Ganado Mission on the Navajo Indian Reservation. Kristofic’s personal connection with the community creates a nuanced historical understanding that blends engaging narrative with careful scholarship to share the stories of the people and their commitment to this place.

Jim Kristofic grew up on the Navajo Reservation in northeastern Arizona. He has written for The Navajo Times, Arizona Highways, Native Peoples Magazine, High Country News, and Parabola. He is the author of Medicine Women: The Story of the First Native American Nursing School, Navajos Wear Nikes: A Reservation Life, and Send a Runner: A Navajo Honors the Long Walk. He lives in Taos, New Mexico.

This event is part of the 2022 Arizona Author Series. This program is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Arizona Center for the Book, a Library of Congress Center for the Book Affiliate.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Time (MST):
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Time Zone:
Arizona Time (change)
This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.
Registration has closed.

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