#NotYourPrincess

#NotYourPrincess

Voices of Native American Women

Book - 2017
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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. #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.
Publisher: Toronto ; Berkeley : Annick Press Ltd., [2017]
ISBN: 9781554519583
1554519586
9781554519576
1554519578
Branch Call Number: / 971.0049 NOTYOUR
Characteristics: 109 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Alternative Title: Not your princess
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LaNomada01
Dec 27, 2019

The very first thing I would suggest doing before you read this moving short anthology of poetry, arts, and stories; is to search for the definition of Indigenous. To really understand the meaning of that word will help you build upon it as you hear the true emotions and stories from the woman who have gathered to speak in this book.

I'm not the biggest fan of poetry and yet I found this book incredibly moving. It did take me a little bit to get through it, but not because I found it hard to read - but because it kept inspiring me to look something up.

My two favorite poem/story are "The Things We Taught Our Daughters", and "Dear Past Self" (by Helen Knott (Dane Zara/Cree) & Isabella Fillspipe(Oglala Lakota) respectively). These tales where so moving. The title alone of the first one strikes you in the heart. What have we taught our daughters, I believe that whether you're indigenous, a minority, or just a woman - you can relate to these two poems because they speak to who we shape ourselves into becoming. And they make you ask yourself - is how I'm shaping myself right.

I recommend this book. I as a reader believe it's invaluable to get the perspective of other cultures and races, because when you do - you often find that at the core being human is ridiculously familiar. I personally now feel the need to go look at my own roots, which I have ignored for some time.

- "You need to support people in getting to a place where they can sit with discomfort honestly and learn from it." - Janet Smylie (Cree/Metis)

lydia_holmes221 Apr 22, 2018

This is a very feminist anthology of poems, art, photography, interviews and everything else by Native women, for young native women (or femmes, or boys, or however anyone identifies). It's split up into four sections: The Ties That Bind Us, It Could Have Been Me, I am Not Your Princess and Pathfinders.

liked lots of different parts from lots of different sections but I loved Chief Lady Bird’s art, right beside Gwen Benaway’s poetry. Benaway is a trans Anishnaabe poet who writes about bodies and bodies of water and her poetry is easy to read despite how heavy the content can sometimes be. Chief Lady Bird is also Anishnaabe and I just love her use of bold, vivid colours. She works so much and produces so many beautiful pieces, check her art out on Twitter if you like. c:

This just felt like a really authentic, genuine collection and I'm so glad it exists.

ArapahoeLesley Dec 10, 2017

I liked this compilation of artwork, stories, photos and quotes from indigenous women from mainly Canada and bit from the US. There are contributions from highschoolers and grandmothers sharing a message of suffering and unity and strength from a sadly underestimated and forgotten community.

KCLSRacheal Nov 28, 2017

Beautiful and moving! So much of the narrative surrounding Native Americans is centered in the past and told by outsiders who tend to objectify, victimize, and/or romanticize. It's lovely (and all too rare) to see a book by and about present day Indigenous women in their full and complex humanity.

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