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“In 1864—Navajos and the Long Walk”

Footpath by Southwest Crossroads

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In 1864, the United States army forced 8,354 Navajos to walk from Dinétah to Bosque Redondo in southern New Mexico, a distance of three hundred miles. The survivors lived at Bosque Redondo for four years under severe conditions.

Writers have described the Long Walk in poetry, stories, and documents. Each form of writing gives us insight into how events affected people who lived through them.

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