The Left-Handed Path

Institute History


We celebrate the rule of our master over his kingdom. Earth belongs to him, here and in eternity. Come unto me, little children, for I will show you the power of darkness. I will show you strength. You will never be afraid or lonely again. Come unto me, little children. Prepare to enter the gates of hell…

Bee is a 17-year-old Diné girl growing up on the Navajo Reservation in 1987. She spends her days listening to heavy metal music on her headphones, struggling with her faith, getting in fights at school, reading Nietzsche, and being lectured by her parents about Navajo taboos and culture. She also deals with devil worshippers who have come into the area and invaded her family.

Mullets, jean jackets, pentagram necklaces, and bands such as the Misfits, Samhain, Venom, Slayer, and Judas Priest cultivate legions of young disillusioned followers and inspire fear and panic in their parents. Newspapers, television, and radio are all filled with accounts of ritualistic mutilations; cats, dogs, even people are found slain. Rumors of orgies and blood sacrifices strike terror in the area. Never has the hand of Satan been more apparent; never has his bidding been so fulfilled. Surrounded by uncertainty, pulled in opposite directions by opposing forces, Bee wrestles with sinister influences that are waiting and watching just outside her door.

The Left-Handed Path offers a new take on contemporary Navajo life. It follows a girl who struggles between evil and good and tries to find her place in a dark and unsettling time.


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