#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women

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“Whether looking back to a troubled past or welcoming a hopeful future, the powerful voices of Indigenous women across North America resound in this book. In the same style as the best-selling Dreaming in Indian#NotYourPrincess presents an eclectic collection of poems, essays, interviews, and art that combine to express the experience of being a Native woman. Stories of abuse, humiliation, and stereotyping are countered by the voices of passionate women making themselves heard and demanding change. Sometimes angry, often reflective, but always strong, the women in this book will give teen readers insight into the lives of women who, for so long, have been virtually invisible.”

#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women

Edited by: Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale

Published: September 12th 2017 by Annick Press

Source: ARC via Netgalley

Thoughts:

Each time I finished reading a poem in this collection, the power of it resonated beyond the page, so I’d pause reading between each piece to let it sink even more. There’s so much strength, power and love in these poems, art and stories. In balance with the pieces filled with the rawness of experience is the clear sense of hope each piece holds in reaching out to the daughters across their communities.

There are powerful stories that link the experiences of grandmothers, mothers and daughters. There are also cautionary experiences shared by the community to draw a wider spotlight on the largely invisible targeting of Native American women in disappearances, sexual assaults and deaths as under reported in mainstream media. Many of these voices bear witness to dislocation, pain and inter-generational trauma but also of re-connection to community despite the terrible pervasiveness of colonisation and assimilation.

This anthology is interspersed with the diverse experiences of Native American women, which I recommend to anyone.

 

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