When the Creator Moves Me

When hippie activists first wound their way on to the Navajo Reservation at Big Mountain, Arizona, what they saw and what they did would influence social and environmental activism in the Black Mesa region for many years to come. Navajo Grandmothers were being tormented. Water wells had been capped. As a result of corporate interest in uranium and coal extraction, and the passage of the 1974 Navajo/Hopi Land Settlement Act, sheep, goats, cattle, and horses were being confiscated and sacred ceremonial sites desecrated. In 1994, the activist band, Clan Dyken, followed the lead of their predecessors and made their first annual Beauty Way Supply Run to Big Mountain. When the Creator Moves Me is the story of both the Big Mountain Dineh, and Clan Dyken—what happened, how they met, and why they have remained in each other’s lives for over a quarter of a century.


“Reading with a effortless literary ease that is like listening to an extended conversation, “When the Creator Moves Me: A Story about Music, Resistance, and Creative Activism” is impressively informative, thought-provoking, emotionally evocative, and a valued contribution to the growing body of literature with respect to 20th Century Native American History. A deftly written and detailed account from first page to last, “When the Creator Moves Me” is an extraordinary, erudite, and unreservedly recommended addition to personal reading lists, as well as community and academic library collections.” — Midwest Book Review

“This book ultimately is about the possibilities when you bring together creativity and social justice. It’s a much-needed book in our times. Beautifully written and filled with gorgeous photos.” — Dr. Kate Evans, author of Call it Wonder

“Anyone who cares about humanity and Mother Earth needs to own this book. The story is riveting and very well written. I recommend it highly.” — Jon Baumgartner


-When the Creator Moves Me