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ISBN13: 9780307557926
ISBN10: 0307557928
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"Messengers of the Wind goes beyond the autobiographies of everyday women. These are women who have long been an invisible part of American culture. Their stories are haunting, frightening, encouraging, and courageous. . . . Katz is a faithful guide."

--The Minnesota Daily

In Messengers of the Wind, Native American women, old and young, from a variety of tribal groups, speak with eloquence and passion about their experience on the land and in urban areas; about their work as artists, activists, and healers; as grandmothers, mothers, and daughters; as modern women with a link to the past. And as each woman, renowned and obscure, tells her remarkable personal story, it is clear that each has tapped into the power that comes from within and has reached back into a history that brings with it courage and hope.

" 'Giving energy to Mother Earth' — Yes. That is our duty as women, as Natives, and as human beings. Messengers of the Wind is a way of doing just that. It is not a dance, feet patting our mother, but it is an offering, the voices of the women sent to comfort her. Thank-you, Jane Katz, for your offering. It is a special and much-needed gift."

--Paula Gunn Allen

Author of Voice of the Turtle


--The Cleveland Plain Dealer

"A RICH COLLECTION OF PERSONAL STORIES. . .REWARDING. . . These are powerful women with important stories to tell."

--Kirkus Reviews

Table of Contents

We have to have ceremonies / Soge Track — Men and women lived with the seasons / Florence Kenney — People cared about one another / Fran James — In my family, the women ran everything / Emmi Whitehorse — From my grandmother I learned about sadness / Rose Bluestone — Still grieving over the loss of the land / Elaine Salinas — The power comes from within / Ingrid Washinawatok — The cottonwood tree talks to me / Juanita Espinosa — We are all members of a family / Laura Wittstock — I see an incredible force within Native people / Faith Smith — I give you seeds of a new way / Chrystos — The pipe ceremony is really cool / Cassandra Holmes — The Puyallup tribe rose from the ashes / Ramona Bennett — I dream a lot / Ah-Bead-Soot — You take care of the land, and it takes care of you / Virginia Poole — We give energy to each other / Lois Steele — Let us survive / Roberta Hill Whiteman — You-- who have removed us : at what cost? / Wendy Rose — We have a long history here / Cheryl Mann — We are the Caribou people / Sarah James — They're trying to sell our treaties / Esther Nahgahnub — The spirit takes care of us / Vi Hilbert — There's some kind of healing force here / Rose Mary Barstow — You defend what's sacred to you / Janet McCloud — Our cathedral is the Black Hills / Carole Anne Heart Looking Horse.

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Excellent collection of interviews of Native women from a wide variety of backgrounds.
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Random House Publishing Group
Social Science : Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies
Edited by:
Jane B. Katz
Katz, Jane
Katz, Jane B.
Jane Katz
Jane B. Katz
Social Science : Ethnic Studies - General
Social Science : Minority Studies - General
Biography & Autobiography : General
Indian women
North America
Minority Studies
Native American Studies
North American
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies
Indian women -- North America.
Ethnic Studies - General
Native North American-General Native North American Studies
Anthologies-Womens Literature
Native American-General Native American Studies
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