Nasdijj was born on the Navajo Reservation in 1950. His family were migrant workers, traveling between farms & ranches around the country. He has lived among the Tewa, the Chippewa, the Navajo, & the Mescalero Apache People. Nasdijj has been writing seriously for more than two decades, making ends meet by reporting for small-town papers & teaching; at one point his determination to keep writing led to homelessness, & for a time he lived in a public campground. His first appearance in a major publication did not come until June of 1999, when "Esquire" ran the signature piece for his book, "The Blood Runs Like a River Through My Dreams." Nasdijj's dog's name is Navajo, & he calls his pickup Old Big Wanda. "Nasdijj" is Athabaskan for "to become again." He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.