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#NotYourPrincess - Voices of Native American Women

#NotYourPrincess

Voices of Native American Women

Interest Age: 14+
Grade: 9+
Reading Level:
Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature:
L.11-12.3,3a,4,4a,4b
RL.11-12.1,2,3,4,5,1
W.11-12.1,2,3,4,6,7,
SL.11-12.1,1a,1b,1c,
RI.11-12.1,2,3,4,5,6

Reading Level: Lexile BR910L
Hardcover : 9781554519583, 112 pages, September 2017 , 11.20" x 8.60"
Paperback : 9781554519576, 112 pages, September 2017 , 10.90" x 8.50"

Table of contents

OPENING POEM

shawl of memory’s embrace

by Clear Wind Blows Over The Moon (Cree, Innu-Montagnais, Dene, Metis)

Section 1 –  The Ties That Bind Us

POEM

Tear
by Linda Hogan (Chickasaw)

SHORT ESSAY

Blankets of Shame
by Maria Campbell (Metis)

POEM

two braids

Rosanna Deerchild (Cree)

ART

Apsáalooke Feminist series

By Wendy Red Star (Crow)

SHORT ESSAY

Native American Women — The Original Feminists

By Nahanni Fontaine (Anishinaabe)

ART

The Side Dancer’s Gift

Marika Echachis Swan (Tla-oqui-aht Nation)

SPOKEN WORD

Leaks
by Leanne Simpson (Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg)

VISUAL SCRAPBOOK

My Grandmother Sophia

By Saige Mukash (Cree)

Section 2 – It Could Have Been Me

PROSE POEM

Falling

By Natanya Ann Pulley (Navajo)

SPOKEN WORD

When Angels Speak of Love

Tanaya Winder (Southern Ute, Duckwater Shoshone, Pyramid Lake Palute)

ART

Nitewake:non “the place where I come from”

Melissa General (Mohawk/Oneida)

POEM

She is riding

Joanne Arnott (Metis)

ART

On the Red Road

By Dana Claxton (Hunkpapa Lakota)

SPOKEN WORD

The Things We Taught Our Daughters

By Helen Knott (Dana Zaa /Cree)

MEMOIR

Freedom in the Fog

By Zondra Roy (Cree/Dene/Metis)

VISUAL SCRAPBOOK

It Could Have Been Me

By Patricia Stonefish (Lakota)

Section 3: I Am Not Your Princess

POEM

A Conversation with a Massage Therapist

By Francine Cunningham (Cree/ Metis)

PHOTO SERIES

The Invisible Indians

By Shelby Lisk (Mohawk from Tyendinaga)

SPOKEN WORD

Grey Owl

By Winona Linn (Meskwaki)

ESSAY

What’s there to take back?

Tiffany Midge (Standing Rock Sioux

POEM

Stereotype This

Melanie Fey (Dine)

ART

Real NDNZ

Pamela J. Peters (Navajo)

VISUAL SCRAPBOOK

I Am the Only American Indian

By Cecelia Rose LaPointe (Ojibway/Metis)

Section 4: Pathfinders

POEM

When I have a Daughter
by Ntawnis Piapot (Piapot Cree Nation)

PROFILE

Defender of Mother Earth

Teen Activist Anna Lee Rain Yellowhammer

TWITTER COLLAGE

Various

GRAPHIC NOVEL

Fala

Elizabeth LaPensee (Metis)

INTERVIEW

Dr. Janet Smylie (Metis)

PHOTO ESSAY

Living Their Dreams — Native American Athletes

SPOKEN WORD

Etuaptmumk

Rebecca Thomas (Mi’mak)

VISUAL SCRAPBOOK

Dear Past Self

Isabelle Rilispipe

CLOSING POEM

Little Sister

Tasha Spillet

EXCERPT

Include description of excerpt e. g. ‘Chapter 1’, Introduction, Foreword, etc.

Description

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.  

Awards

  • Nominated, Norma Fleck Award 2018
  • Short-listed, Indigenous Literature Award, First Nation Communities READ 2018
  • Joint winner, Nautilus Award, Silver 2018
  • Joint winner, Foreword Indies Book of the Year Award, Bronze 2018
  • Joint winner, Kirkus Reviews Best Books List 2017
  • Nominated, Red Maple Award 2018
  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, *starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2018
  • Nominated, Amelia Bloomer Project List, ALA 2017
  • Short-listed, Foreword Indies Book of the Year Award 2018
  • Joint winner, Notable Books for a Global Society 2018
  • Joint winner, Top Ten Best Bet, Ontario Library Association 2018
  • Joint winner, Books of the Year, Quill & Quire 2017
  • Short-listed, Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award, YALSA 2017
  • Joint winner, Read Indigenous List, Toronto Public Library 2018
  • Short-listed, Next Generation Indie Book Award 2019
  • Joint winner, Skipping Stones Honor Award 2018
  • Joint winner, School Library Journal Best Books List 2017
  • Joint winner, American Indians in Children’s Literature Best Books List 2017
  • Joint winner, Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices List 2018
  • Joint winner, Independent Publisher Book Award 2018
  • Joint winner, Texas TAYSHAS Reading List 2018

Reviews

“Will educate teens and give them perspective on a subject that is often ignored. ” 

- HeraldNet, 03/15/18

“A touching collection. ” 

- Christian Library Journal, 09/27/18

“Librarians, teachers, parents: please put this book into girls’ and teens’ hands. ” 

- Resource Links, 12/17

“The design is dramatic, authentic, and full of observation and wisdom. It provokes thought and causes readers to reflect and consider alternate ways of looking at diversity, history and identity. You should read it, and then share it!” 

- Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 03/10/18

“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

“Provocative, thoughtful and sometimes humorous, this book showcases tenacious and talented indigenous women ready to take on the world. ”

- The Washington Post, 12/04/17

“Visceral and eye-opening . . . [a] small but mighty read. ” 

- Book Page, 11/15/18

“Bursts with inspiration, beauty and self-awareness. ”

- The Globe and Mail, 11/04/17

“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

“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

“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

“So right for the times. ” 

- Vancouver Sun, 12/01/17

“A moving and powerful collection that draws strength from the variety of voices and lived experiences it represents. ” 

- Publishers Weekly, 08/21/17

“A stunning anthology of creative writing and art . . . All YA collections will want this. ”

- School Library Journal, *starred review, 09/01/17

“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

“Fills an under-represented niche. ” 

- Booklist, 09/15/17

“Often edgy, and always provocative. ” 

- CM Reviews, 02/02/18