Tuesday, October 28, 2008


tony hillerman
may 27, 1925 - october 26, 2008

Everything is connected...The wing of the corn beetle affects the direction of the wind, the way the sand drifts, the way the light reflects in the eye of man beholding his reality. All is part of totality, and in this totality man finds his hozhó, his way of walking in harmony, with beauty all around him.
jim chee speaking in ghostway, a novel by tony hillerman (1984)

on sunday writer tony hillerman died. for a quarter of a century I have been been a fan and avid reader of anything by the lyrical and captivating tony hillerman. his mysteries feature the stoic navajo police lieutenant joe leaphorn and the endearing and spiritual tribal police sargent jim chee. hillerman has done much to educate the public on the ways of the native peoples of the southwest. along with providing insights into the culture and values of indian culture, all of hillerman's books - fiction and non-fiction, celebrate the beauty and unique landscape and ecology of this part of north america. marilyn stasio in yesterday's new york times wrote a wonderful and informative tribute to mr. hillerman - in case you missed it go here.

if you have never read any hillerman, I'm sorry - you don't know what you missed. by the way three of mr. hillerman's books have been adapted as movies for television. I've seen them all, although not as good as the books they aren't bad. I expect they are all available as dvds.

hágoónee' is how to say goodbye in navajo

photo: warrior mouse, a kachina that lives in our house.


Barbara said...

Love the warrior mouse. I'm not familiar with Tony Hillerman. I will have to go to the library.

Megan said...

One of the authors I have been meaning to get to.

Maurice the mouse said...

Now that's a mouse to look up to!

P.S. Dumdad said he read a Hillerman some years back and doesn't know why he didn't read more.

Reya Mellicker said...

Oh, I didn't know Hillerman had died. May he rest in peace!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

barbara - several years ago a friend gave me the mouse warrior kachina as he said it reminded him of me!! what a compliment. the story of the mouse warrior is a wonderful one - if I can find a short version I will post it one day for others to enjoy - bottom line it's about bravery and caring for one's community and how you don't need to be big to be mighty!

megan - a hillerman book would be good to take along for when you go vote!!

maurice - he most certainly is. tell dd to make up lost time! he's published 18 leaphorn and chee books and quite a few other books too!!

jenclair said...

I've been a fan for years and am sad to hear of Tony Hillerman's death. No more Jim Chee or Joe Leaphorn. When an author dies, so do his characters and his characters are old friends.

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

I've never heard of Tony Hillerman, but I'm going off to do an amazon search right now - the characters sound wonderful!

lettuce said...

i'll look out for some, he sounds pretty great

i love that mouse!!

R.L. Bourges said...

long may he walk in beauty

(love the kachina)

Steve said...

I love the quote -- very Buddhist!

I read a Hillerman book years ago, and I can't remember which one now. But I liked it.

K. said...

What is a good Hillerman to start with?

WAT said...

Oh yes! I read him in college! Very much into the Native American folklore!