Independent Publisher Book Awards 2005 (Finalist in the Multicultural category)
Synopses & Reviews
Nineteen prominent Native artists, educators, and activisits share their candid and often profound thoughts on what it means to be a Native American woman in the early 21st century. Their stories are rare and often intimate glimpses of women who have made a conscious decision to live every day to its fullest and stand for something larger than themselves.
"Profound yet simple words from strong women working hard to perpetuate their culture, and who have a lot to share, and who need to be heard." Booklist
"This is a very important book. It could be the most important of this new century if it were to get the mindfulness it deserves." Gloria Steinem, from the Introduction
Provocative discussions of indigenous cultural differences encompassing thoughts on spirituality, life, culture, womanhood, tribal government, values, and history with opening thoughts and stories from Wilma Mankiller.
Contemporary Native women speak out in this collection of stories.
About the Author
Wilma Mankiller is an author, activist, and former principal chief of the Cherokee Nation. Her roots are planted deep in the rural community of Mankiller Flats in Adair County, Oklahoma, where she has spent most of her life. She has been honored with many awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and has received honorary doctorate degrees from such esteemed institutions as Yale University, Dartmouth College, and Smith College. Ms. Mankiler is the author of Mankiller: A Chief and Her People, and co-edited A Reader's Companion to the History of Women in the U.S. Wilma Mankiller lives on the Mankiller family allotment with her husband, Charlie Soap.