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#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women Hardcover – Illustrated, Sept. 12 2017
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Native Women demand to be heard in this stunning anthology.
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, #Not Your Princess 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.
“A stunning anthology of creative writing and art . . . All YA collections will want this.”― School Library Journal, *starred review, 09/01/17
“A moving and powerful collection that draws strength from the variety of voices and lived experiences it represents.”― Publishers Weekly, 08/21/17
“Fills an under-represented niche.”― Booklist, 09/15/17
“Both testament to the complexity of Indigenous women’s identities and ferocious statement that these women fully inhabit the modern world.”― Kirkus Reviews, *starred review, 07/15/17
“Highly Recommended . . . What you see and read in this book will linger in your head and heart.”― American Indians in Children’s Literature, 10/04/17
“One of the collection’s biggest strengths is the sheer range of work . . . Every turn of the page is exciting, which is exactly what you need in a book like this.”― THIS Magazine, 10/24/17
“Beautiful, angry and insistent, this collection of the voices of Native women belongs on the shelves of every library serving teens.”― Waking Brain Cells, 11/01/17
“Bursts with inspiration, beauty and self-awareness.”― The Globe and Mail, 11/04/17
“So right for the times.”― Vancouver Sun, 12/01/17
“This book truly has the potential to change minds . . . Do what you need to do to get this book and put it into the hands of teen (and adult) readers.”― Abby the Librarian, 11/20/17
Praise for Dreaming In Indian:
Recipient of 15+ awards and nominations, including a Kirkus Prize nomination and a Youth Literature Award, American Indian Library Association
“[H]onest portrayals of strong, hopeful, and courageous indigenous youth living non-stereotypical lives. Not to be missed.” —School Library Journal, *starred review
“Original and accessible, both an exuberant work of art and a uniquely valuable resource.” —Kirkus Reviews, *starred review― http://www.annickpress.com/Dreaming-in-Indian
“Bold and sensitive, universal and personal—the kind of book that can save a teenager’s life.”― Poetry Foundation, 03/18
- Publisher : Annick Press; Illustrated edition (Sept. 12 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 112 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1554519586
- ISBN-13 : 978-1554519583
- Item weight : 612 g
- Dimensions : 22.86 x 1.27 x 29.21 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #555,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Haven’t had the heart to give the books to my teenaged girls, the whole collection is so disheartening and angry didn’t have it in me to crush the girl’s hopes and dreams.
These stories were in multiple different forms. There are poems, short stories, essays, as well as paintings, photographs, and drawings. One of the stories was in the form of a comic, and another looked like pages torn from a notebook. Each of them were different and used a different format.
There were a few pieces on the residential schools in Canada. For those that don’t know, the residential schools separated Native children from their parents, and raised them to be “white.” They removed their Indigenous culture from them, and refused to let them practice it. The women who wrote these stories are the children of the kids who were sent to residential schools. Though they didn’t witness it first hand, they have seen the pain that their parents still feel from their time spent there.
There was also an essay about how racist and harmful a Pocahontas costume is for Halloween. It represents more than just a character, even if the wearer means no harm. It is a costume but it represents a real person, who cannot take it off at the end of the night. People also think that Indigenous women need to look a certain way. There were a couple of pieces on not looking Indigenous enough, as if you can’t identify as a Native Woman if you have the wrong colour hair or skin. I find it crazy that people can think that, because they wouldn’t say that other cultures. For some reason people judge Indigenous people by what percentage of Native heritage they have in their genes,
I loved this collection of Native American Women’s voices.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher on NetGalley.