The Old Hogan


by Margaret Kahn Garaway

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The Old Hogan

Written by Margaret Kahn Garaway

Illustrated by Navajo Artist

Andrew Emerson Bia


Recommended for ages 3 to 80+


Paperback, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", 32  pages,

full color,  illustrated

ISBN # 0-9638851-0-3

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This book is temporarily out of print.

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Margaret Kahn Garaway has also written the following children's books.  Click on the cover photo for more information.


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ASHKII and his Grandfather

ASHKII y el Abuelo

A Spanish/English book about a Navajo boy and his grandfather

by Margaret Kahn Garaway

USD $10.00

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The Teddy Bear Number Book/Los Numeros Con Los Ositos

Bi-lingual counting book

by Margaret Kahn Garaway

USD $8.00

Teach children both understanding and compassion.


The Adventures of Five Brave Teddy Bears

by Margaret Kahn Garaway

Illustrated by Kas Winters

USD $10.00

A perfect story for learning to appreciate the culture of others.

The Old Hogan

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All who read the children's book, The Old Hogan, a classic of the Southwest, will experience the emotions of a culture in transition. The life of a Navajo family unfolds as the hogan (a traditional Navajo home) recalls her happy past years, after learning the family is moving to a modern home. The hogan believes her world has come to an end until the family returns several months later for a marriage ceremony. She hears them say, "Houses are not for ceremonies. Hogans are for ceremonies." and realizes she still has an important place in their life. Detailed paintings by Andrew Bia, a Navajo artist, compliment this poignant story of a fast changing and little known lifestyle. Educators please note that this book is being used for Social Studies classes throughout the Southwest and other states.

What educators are saying about The Old Hogan:

"It is with pleasure that I write this letter of congratulations on your children's story, The Old Hogan. . . (The book) will provide a glimpse of authentic Navajo culture to all who read it. The reader is able to join in a culture moving from a traditional experience to a modern one. The book is enjoyable for both young and old. Children will learn the art of telling a story from a different perspective than their own. Your book is an excellent teaching guide for this skill."  Mary Ann Hunter, Supt. of Schools, Chinle, Arizona

"Your book is absolutely perfect. One can tell it was written by a person who knows children and the Indian culture. It is sensitive, informative and the vocabulary and sentence length are appropriate to the child. BRAVO! Also, you chose a fine artist."  Solveig Leslie, artist and former teacher, Los Angeles, CA


About the Author

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Margaret Kahn Garaway

Publisher and Author Margaret Kahn Garaway moved to the Navajo Reservation in 1970, lived there for 17 years, teaching for 13 years upon earning a B.S. in education and a Master's degree in E.S.L. at Northern Arizona University. She graduated summa cum laude and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Kappa Delta Pi. Immersion in Navajo culture led to the writing of The Old Hogan, which is considered to be a seminal piece of writing and is now in its ninth printing. It was followed by two other Navajo ethnic stories. Margaret Kahn Garaway speaks at schools, conferences and adult groups about her books and the art of writing. Retiring to Tucson, Arizona, she started her own publishing company and began to write bilingual (Spanish/English) books. 


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Andrew Emerson Bia, Illustrator

Andrew Emerson Bia was born in Fort Defiance, Arizona where his artistic talent was evident by sixth grade. In addition to being an artist/ illustrator, he has taught Native American Studies. Andrew is married and lives in a hogan with his wife and five children.

What They are Saying...

"The book teaches the values and beliefs of the Navajo people. I am a Navajo. I felt good after I read the book. I will be utilizing the book in an elementary school."    Anna Mae Jim, Ed. Major and Northern Arizona University

The Old Hogan, by Margaret Kahn Garaway, is that unique blend of fact and fancy that informs and entertains at the same time. A modern-day fairy tale placed in the Southwest, the story is told through the thoughts of the traditional Navajo home, a hogan. The hogan lives her past happiness when she learns that her family will soon move to a modern home.

     It paints a picture of a culture that is ever-evolving and ever-changing, the Navajo Indians of the Southwest. The author, while not Navajo has obviously gained insight into some of the Navajo values during her many years teaching on a Navajo Reservation. Jimmie Bevil, Youth Service, Flagstaff Arizona Coconino County Public Library


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