for #NotYourPrincess by Mary Beth Leatherdale and Lisa Charleyboy
This diverse collection of art, essays, poems, quotations, and interviews amplifies the voices of Native American women as they affirm themselves and their sisters and acknowledge the impact of painful personal and cultural histories. Many of the women acknowledge physical and sexual violence; because they are Native and because they are women, they know racism and sexism as relentless. Through their art and writing, they defy and challenge stereotypes that label Native American women “princesses” or “costumes.” Their pieces are also bursting with positive truths, cultural pride, and courage. These women are artists, writers, physicians, athletes, scholars, and more who address the lasting harm caused by colonialism and other crimes against Indigenous peoples, and who continue to support one another and thrive today. (Age 12 and older)
CCBC Choices 2018. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2018. Used with permission.
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.
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