The Little Fire God is training hard because he doesn't want to be embarrassed, which will lead the Salamobia to beat him with their yucca wands. Research the yucca plant, and then create a yucca wand.
Dance Hall of the Dead represents many cultures: Anglo, Hispanic, Navajo, and Zuni. To lend an air of authenticity to the book, the author uses words from specific cultures, particularly Zuni. Locate a pronunciation guide through the library or online that will help you correctly pronounce these words.
Many Native American nations or tribes inherited names from other cultures that they came across. For instance, the Navajo once referred to the ancient Pueblo people who lived in the cliff dwellings of the Southwest as "Anasazi," meaning "ancient enemy." The Navajo people don't refer to themselves as "Navajo" but as Dine or Dineh (Hillerman uses "Dinee"). Dine translates to...
This section contains 850 words
(approx. 3 pages at 300 words per page)