Daniel Vandever, a local indigenous author, will do a special reading of his book, Herizon.
Daniel Vandever (Diné) is an award-winning author and entrepreneur from Haystack, NM. He is the CEO of South of Sunrise Creative, a strategic communications firm that helps advance education initiatives through community-based solutions.
Vandever is a product of Small Wonders Day Care where his experiences as a Ninja Turtle helped shape the creativity behind his debut picture book, Fall in Line, Holden!, a 2018 Honor Book for the American Indian Youth Literature Award. His follow up picture book, Herizon (2021), was self-published and was recognized as the Best Picture Book of 2022 by the American Indian Library Association.
Vandever received his undergraduate degree in Strategic Communications from the University of Missouri and a Master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of New Mexico. Vandever is the grandson of the late Joe Vandever Sr., Navajo Code Talker, USMC, and Bessie D. Vandever.
Herizon is a book dedicated to Vandever ’s nieces with the hope for a more inclusive, empowering future. The story details the journey of a young Diné girl as she helps her grandmother retrieve a flock of sheep with the aid of a magical scarf. Within the scarf ’s powers is the ability to transform, which changes the girl and the world she knows. Herizon speaks to the power of the moment and not a distant idea of what could be. It is a story that honors progress and persistence, and resonates with audiences from any background.
Herizon is a wordless book in honor of all those without a voice.