Kaya and Lone Dog

“Kaya and Lone Dog” is one of my favorite American Girls books. Kaya is a Nez Perce girl. The Nez Perce were a group of Native American people who lived during 1864. In their beliefs, you would earn a wyakin. You would have a vision quest, in which you learned what animal you were most like. The Nez Perce had great fears, just like any other tribe. The Salish people, who’s men had pale faces, brought sickness when they traded and were with the Nez Perce. Many people died, some were lucky. Kaya, in this book, befriends a lone dog (that’s why the dog’s name is Lone Dog); the dog has pups that she lets Kaya have. Then the mother leaves. Kaya is sad, but makes up for it, with the biggest of the pups. Kaya names the dog Tatlo. Kaya is very happy, and so is Lone Dog.

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