Spirit Run : A 6,000-mile Marathon Through North America's Stolen Land

Spirit Run : A 6,000-mile Marathon Through North America's Stolen Land

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Summary: Growing up in Yakima, Washington, Noe Álvarez worked at an apple-packing plant alongside his mother, who "slouched over a conveyor belt of fruit, shoulder to shoulder with mothers conditioned to believe this was all they could do with their lives." A university scholarship offered escape, but as a first-generation Latino college-goer, Álvarez struggled to fit in. At nineteen, he learned about a Native American/First Nations movement called the Peace and Dignity Journeys, epic marathons meant to renew cultural connections across North America. He dropped out of school and joined a group of Dene, Secwepemc, Gitxsan, Dakelh, Apache, Tohono O'odham, Seri, Purepecha, and Maya runners, all fleeing difficult beginnings. Telling their stories alongside his own, Álvarez writes about a four-month-long journey from Canada to Guatemala that pushed him to his limits. He writes not only of overcoming hunger, thirst, and fear -- dangers included stone-throwing motorists and a mountain lion --...  more »
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796.42 ALVAdult NonfictionIn

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Content :

Warehouse white noise -- The "Palm Springs of Washington" -- Ganas in Carver Country -- Getting out -- Walla Walla walkabouts -- Cold feet -- The arrival -- Tree noodles -- "Indian time" -- La Cruz de Campos -- Glacier dip -- Washington gray -- Goldendale -- An X-Man -- Apache medicine -- Cougar country -- City-slicker natives -- Tlaloc in L.A. -- Southern fire -- Main in the maze -- Running the wrong way -- The devil's coffin -- El chapito -- Deer runners -- Chihuahua -- Touch of treasure -- The rebirth story -- Nayarit -- Mangoes -- Santo coyote -- Hardware store -- Weaving words -- The flying men of Teotihuacán -- Descending eagle -- Oaxaca -- Zapatistas : rebel country -- Acteal -- Guatemala -- Old orchard -- Today.

Publication, Distribution, etc. :

New York : Catapult, [2020]

ISBN :

1948226464

Physical Description :

xviii, 218 pages ; 22 cm

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