by Gilbert John
In 1957, Gilbert John was born to the Navajo People in Gallup, New Mexico. His childhood was compelling enough. His family struggled to scratch a living out of the arid land while Gilbert struggled to find his own identity somewhere between the ancient traditions of his grandfather and the unfamiliar and overbearing standards of his white schoolteachers. But a tragic accident at the age of 17 left Gilbert a quadriplegic and changed the tenor of his life forever. Gilbert's life has produced an inspiring story about the human ability to overcome tremendous odds, and about the importance of never accepting others' limited estimations of your potential.