Truth Be Told

My upcoming book with Dr. Soong-Chan Rah titled "Unsettling Truths - The Ongoing Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery" is now available for pre-order from InterVarsity Press.


Mark Charles is the son of an American woman of Dutch heritage and a Navajo man. He has lived with his wife and children on the Navajo reservation for 11 years, and now they are in Washington, DC. His objective is to help forge a path of healing and reconciliation for the nation through understanding and teaching on the complexities of American history regarding race, culture, and faith. He is a speaker and a writer on these topics, most notably on the Doctrine of Discovery. He also serves as the Washington correspondent for Native News Online.

What is Wirelesshogan?

A hogan is the traditional Navajo home.  While it symbolizes the historical and cultural dwellings of my people, it also reflects the daily life for many Navajos today. While the Navajo Nation is the largest US reservation and is home to about 180,000 Navajos, it is one of the least developed areas of the United States.  Lack of running water, electricity, and many common amenities is typical for many Navajo homes today.
My family and I lived in the hogan pictured herein a remote area of the reservation for 3 years in order to gain an understanding of the traditional Navajo life. Since I supported my family through computer consulting, I managed to do so through my laptop, using my cell phone for internet connection, all on battery power. Hence, the name Wirelesshogan.
~ Mark Charles

1 comment:

Lauren said...

Love the picture of the Hogan. It reminds me of when I was living on the rez near Chinle. I didn't live there long but it holds a special place in my heart and it was a time I will never forget. The more I read about you and your life and how you view things give me hope that FINALLY there will be someone worth voting for that could do some good for this country.Hopefully not just for the people but for the wildlife as well as Mother Earth. Stop the history that keeps repeating and set us on a better path.