Danny Blackgoat - Navajo Prisoner

  • Chapter 1

  • Soldiers at Sunrise

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    Canyon de Chelly, New Mexico, 1863

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  • Danny Blackgoat was sixteen years old when he learned a hard truth.

  • Life can change in a moment.

  • Death can ride the blade of a knife or the pop of a gun.

  • You never know when to expect it, but one thing is certain:

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    Death is cold and dark.

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  • Every morning, long before sunrise, Danny Blackgoat led his sheep out the gate of the tiny corral near his home.

  • He held the gate open and tenderly patted his sheep on the back as they squeezed through the opening.

  • His four-legged friends were more like pets than livestock.

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    Danny

    โ€œCrowfoot!โ€

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    he shouted.

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  • His favorite sheep rubbed against him as he moved through the gate.

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    Danny

    โ€œYouโ€™re getting so big, Crowfoot, soon you wonโ€™t be able to fit through the gate.โ€

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    Crowfoot was the smallest of the twenty-four sheep in his flock.

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  • As he closed the gate, Danny looked to the sky.

  • The moon was sinking below the mountains and the sun was rising.

  • The sky changed from the dark of night to the blue of dawn.

  • But Danny noticed that this dawn was different.