Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Home to Medicine Mountain by Chiori Santiago

Home to Medicine Mountain

by Chiori Santiago

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations
864140,249 (3.88)None



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

Showing 4 of 4
Picture book based on the true story of two Indian boys sent to boarding school and how they made their way back home on the train
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Two young brothers are separated from their family and sent to live in a government-run Indian residential school in the 1930s―an experience shared by generations of Native American children throughout North America. At these schools, children were forbidden to speak their Indian languages and made to unlearn their Indian ways. Sadly, they were often not able to go home to their families for summer vacation. Native American artist Judith Lowry based this story on the experiences of her father and her Uncle Stanley. Judith and author Chiori Santiago tenderly relate how Stanley and Benny Len found their way home by train one summer. Inspired by their dreams of home and the memories of their grandmother's stories, the boys embark on an adventurous journey from the harsh residential school to their triumphant welcome home at Susanville, California, in the shadow of Yo-Tim Yamne (Medicine Mountain).
This review has been flagged by multiple users as abuse of the terms of service and is no longer displayed (show).
  AmyStepaniuk | Nov 21, 2015 |
This book was very informative for me because I had no idea that Native American children were taken from their families and sent to boarding schools. I found it disturbing that they were deprived of their culture and not even allowed to speak their native language in the classroom. The illustrations were vivid full page paintings.
  ehrliche | Apr 13, 2012 |
In this book's introduction, illustrator Judith Lowry tells the reader that Home to Medicine Mountain is based on a true story about how her father and uncle found their way home from a government-run Native American boarding school in the 1930's. During this era, Native Californian children were taken away from their families in order for them to learn how to "assimilate" into mainstream, Anglo culture. As author Chiori Santiago and illustrator Judith Lowry relate, this can be a heartbreaking experience. At the beginning of the story, Benny Len and his older brother Stanley are taking a train ride from Medicine Mountain (near Susanville) to a Riverside boarding school. When they arrive, they are given uniforms and stiff new shoes and expected to follow the norms of the institution. These rules include speaking only in English (no native languages were allowed), sleeping in dormitories, and marching drills in the yard. Benny Len escapes this harsh existence through his dreams, which let him travel home whenever he wanted. There he lived again with his grandmother and watched the men of his community dance in the roundhouse. Benny Len is devastated when he discovers that he would not be allowed to go home in the summer. (The government paid for the trip to the school, but not for the trip home!) His brother Stanley comes up with the plan to hop a train back to Medicine Mountain and the latter part of the book relates their journey home. The painted illustrations by Lowry are clear and colorful and add a lot to the story. Just one of the pictures which illustrates the clash of cultures is the blackboard on page nine which lists milestones in American history which affected native people: "1492 Discovery of America, Manifest Destiny, Louisiana Purchase, and (the)1849 Gold Rush of California". By reading this book, fourth graders will learn a lot about an almost forgotten period of California history. ( )
  odonnell | Sep 4, 2010 |
Showing 4 of 4
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0892391766, Paperback)

In the 1930s two young brothers are sent to a government-run Indian residential school — an experience shared by generations of Native American children. At these schools, children are forbidden to speak their native tongue and are taught to abandon their Indian ways. In this multi award-winning book, Native American artist Judith Lowry’s illustrations are inspired by the stories she heard from her father and uncle. The lyrical narrative and compelling paintings blend memory and myth in this bittersweet story of the boys’ journey home one summer and the healing power of their culture.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:12:05 -0400)

(see all 2 descriptions)

Two young Maidu Indian brothers sent to live at a government-run Indian residential school in California in the 1930s find a way to escape and return home for the summer.

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
1 avail.
3 wanted
1 pay

Popular covers


Average: (3.88)
3.5 1
4 3

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 116,982,810 books! | Top bar: Always visible