Naya Nuki is an excellent adventure and survival novel based on true and remarkable events. It is suitable for students age 9 and up.
The main character is a real person, a Shoshoni girl who quite incredibly escaped capture by an enemy tribe and made her way alone on foot back to her family. The book relates how she successfully journeyed 1000 miles (just over 1609 kilometres) across what is now the northern United States. She safely navigated a wide variety of terrains, found food, coped with wild animals, avoided capture by hostile tribes, and fended off loneliness. Her story is known thanks to a surprising coincidence – she was best friends with the renowned Sacajawea.
The story of Naya Nuki has been retold by Kenneth Thomasma, an expert on wilderness survival. It is a good choice for young readers because the descriptions of wilderness and survival tactics within it are accurate. In addition, Naya Nuki is portrayed as a brave, resourceful and inspiring person. Her story is uplifting and interesting.
- reading comprehension questions for each of 15 chapters and the epilogue
- images of a buffalo hides for each chapter, both small and large, labelled and plain
- instructions for multiple ways to use both the questions and the hides
A map showing Naya Nuki’s route is included in the published book, which must be purchased or borrowed separately. Contact information for the author is included, which will enable you to purchase the book at reduced rates, procure signed copies, and enjoy free shipping!