This book is a raw and honest portrayal of the life of Indigenous women. The book showcases different authors who express the complexities and triumphs of their lives as Indigenous women. Some Native Women have endured abuse and both mind and spirit. Some women were killed. Others when missing and were never spoken about.
This book also showcases the extraordinary strength, diversity, and talent of native American girls and women. Over fifty artists came together to shatter stereotypes and celebrated hope for the future.
This book gave the author the space to write about all the abused young Indigenous women who are trying to find the freedom to move past their hurts and stereotypes to a new clearing, a new way to move forward to a brighter future.
It can be hard to move past the hurt and torture of their early lives. The bruises don’t easily go away. However, by not allowing themselves to be defined by their past hurts, they can move into a new space where Indigenous women are treated with the respect they so richly deserve.
This book made me feel sad as I read it. There are still many women who are abused. I wish we would have moved past it. But alas we haven’t. You hear it on the news a lot of the time. All we can do as women in general, and Indigenous women and refugee women in particular, is to not tolerate abuse. I know this is far easier said than done. But together, we can accomplish anything.
I loved this book because amid all the abuse and negative things that Native Women experienced, there was immense triumph too. There is nothing more wonderful and inspiring than reading about women that had so little to start with and how they ended up excelling and living a good life. It is a book that is courageous and brave.