#NOTYOURPRINCESS: VOICES OF NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN --an eclectic collection of poems, essays, interviews, and art that combine to express the experience of being a Native woman
#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women; Edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale (2017, Annick Press; 112 pages)
Fifty contemporary artists come together in a compelling collection with a great title to break into pieces stereotypes about what it is like to be an indigenous woman or girl today.
#NotYourPrincess reveals and shares stories of strength, diversity, pain from the past, and hope for the future, and shows the incredible talent of Native American girls and women across North America.
"I am always trying to escape - from dangerous situations, from racist stereotypes, from environmental destruction in my territory, and from the assault on my freedom as an individual and as part of the Nishnaabeg nation. As an indigenous person, I have to escape in order to survive, but I don't just escape. I hold this beautiful, rich indigenous decolonial space inside and around me."
The words of Leanne Simpson (Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg) acompanied by a gorgeous illustration called RedWoman by Aza E. Abe (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe) open an incredible book of testimonies that becomes a love letter to all young Indigenous women trying to find their way, shattering stereotypes, and, as one of the editors of the book writes, a way to "collectively move forward to a brighter future for all."
The book includes photographs and art from Native American Women artists and photographers, and they add an incredible layer of complexity and raw beauty to the publication.
Recommended to older teens and adults.
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Recommended by: Maite
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