#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women
#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women
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Annotation: 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.
Genre: Biographies
Catalog Number: #151158
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 109 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-554-51958-6
ISBN 13: 978-1-554-51958-3
Dewey: 920
Dimensions: 29 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Being an Indigenous woman in modern America is a social position that often comes with a complex sense of self. Charleyboy provides a self-described "love letter to all young indigenous women" that targets pervasive stereotypes and holds up several amazing role models of success and confidence. Along with fellow editor Leatherdale, with whom she also collaborated on Dreaming in Indian (2014), Charleyboy offers a thoughtfully curated collection of poems, visual art, personal memories, and informative articles. Together, they identify commonalities among women of different Indigenous tribes and create a complete picture of the challenges that they face. The book includes examples of an array of occupations and experiences from professional athletes to social reformers and politicians that readers have likely never heard of. The book fills an under-represented niche. It includes retrospection into the shared history of native people along with their respective cultural traditions, but at its core, it is about what the future holds and what the position of Indigenous women in America will be in years to come.
Publishers Weekly
The team behind Dreaming in Indian again celebrates a range of indigenous perspectives through a vivid mixture of poetry, essays, and artwork. The book-s four sections correlate to themes of connection, abuse, stereotype, and power. Lianne Charlie contributes a grid of collages and photographs that reflect her creative output and cultural influences while mimicking the platform (Instagram) where she shares them. Sexual abuse and drug addiction surface in several entries (-girls like me/ break every day/ in this great city,- reads Gwen Benaway-s haunting -Honor Song-), and Tiffany Midge-s blistering -What-s There to Take Back?- scoffs at a publication-s call for submissions on the subject of reclaiming Peter Pan-s Tiger Lily (-Would anyone want to reclaim Frito Bandito? Aunt Jemima?... They are made from the same poison-). A closing section highlights stories and images of hope-athletes who have found success, an interview with a Cree doctor who overcame a traumatic youth, and a spread dedicated to teenage Standing Rock activist Anna Lee Rain Yellowhammer. A moving and powerful collection that draws strength from the variety of voices and lived experiences it represents. Ages 12-up. (Sept.)

School Library Journal Starred Review
Gr 10 UpAccording to the foreword, Charleyboy's intent for this anthology is to provide a "space to not only write a love letter to all young Indigenous women trying to find their way, but also to help dispel those stereotypes so we can collectively move forward to a brighter future for all." Charleyboy and Leatherdale have selected art, poetry, and prose created by Indigenous teenage girls and women that touch on a plethora of topics, from Standing Rock to ReMatriate, a collective of Indigenous women dedicated to showing the multiplicity of Indigenous identity through social media. Each entry is titled and accompanied by the author's name and their tribal ancestry or affiliation. In addition to the text, art pieces such as Lianne Marie Leda Charlie's Tagé Cho (Big River) and Pamela J. Peters's Real NDNZ Re-Take Hollywood, which recasts iconic movie stars as Indigenous actors/actresses, deepen the conversation and provide alternative ways of looking at identity, history, and inherited trauma. Some entries are in dialogue with readers, while others offer deeply personal insightsand all emphasize the damage that ignoring or changing the rich histories of Indigenous people does, especially in regards to women. This portrait of girlhood is a necessary addition in line with nvoices and We Need Diverse Books movements. And with a hashtag as a title, it should garner much-needed attention on social media, in libraries, and on bookshelves. VERDICT A stunning anthology of creative writing and arta love letter, indeed. All YA collections will want this.Alicia Abdul, Albany High School, NY
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
A unique cultural anthology of stories gathered from Indigenous women representing nations in the U.S. and Canada. The voices in these stories defy and deconstruct the common stereotype of the Native American woman as docile tribal "princess." The hashtag in the title is an intentional signal to readers that Native American women are a significant presence in the digital age. This book acts as a platform that allows Indigenous women to express their stories through poetry, vibrant and colorful art, personal photos, short stories, and traditional song. This tapestry of voices addresses reclaiming Indigenous rights, overcoming abandonment and abuse, navigating mixed identity, and cultural appropriation; there is also an homage to 13-year-old Anna Lee Rain Yellowhammer, a young Water Protector who gathered more than a quarter-million signatures to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. Each page offers eye-catching images that represent the wide diversity among Indigenous women. A poignant interview with Dr. Janet Smylie (Cree/Métis) reveals both her personal struggle with depression as a teenager and the challenges she faced while attempting to finish medical school. Co-edited by author Charleyboy (Tsilhqot'in) and Leatherdale, this collection was created as a love letter to young Indigenous women. The vital message that it offers is that Indigenous women continue to shatter stereotypes through their personal successes and creative expression. Both testament to the complexity of Indigenous women's identities and ferocious statement that these women fully inhabit the modern world. (Anthology. 12-adult)
Reading Level: 7.0
Interest Level: 9-12
Lexile: 910L

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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