Wisdom's Daughters: Conversations with Women Elders of Native America

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This is the first book in which spiritual leaders among Native American women portray in their own words their ancestral knowledge, philosophies, and traditions. Steve Wall traveled across North America, visiting the Mohawk and the Hoh, the Chumash and the Seminole, the Tewa and the Ojibway, the Oneida and the Seneca, the Cowichan and the Northern Cheyenne. He talked at length with the women elders and their families as well as with the members of their nations. And he photographed them as he did for his previous book, Wisdomkeepers. Completely open and direct, the elders talk about their role as owners of the moon, as carriers of life and protectors of the life force, about the sacredness of menstruation, and about children, medicine, men, sex, and ceremony. There is an urgency to their words because, according to the ancient prophecies, "This is the time of the women." These daughters of wisdom speak for the first time in print of the necessity for unity and harmony with Mother Earth and all living things, and of their sense that for humankind and the earth time is running out. Wisdom's Daughters allows the reader to experience the daily transforming events of these women's lives in their homes and among their people.

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'An eloquent exploration of the philosophies and lives of thirteen women elders from ten Indian nations.'
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A UNIQUE BOOK OF INTERVIEWS WITH WOMEN ELDERS OF SEVERAL NATIVE AMERICAN NATIONS, BY THE CO-AUTHOR AND PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE BESTSELLING 'WISDOMKEEPERS' – INCLUDING MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THEIR HOMES AND COMMUNITIES.

'A rare and personal view of American Indian women through their own words… Each of the native women's voices collected in 'Wisdom's Daughters' is unique within its own tribal context, each telling its story, often in strength, sometimes in sorrow, usually with humour, but always within a sensitive and humane framework. Wall brings us these elders' voices and a unique insight into the culture of American Indian women that is well worth reading.'
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'Given to us for the first time in their own words, the elders openly share their wisdom, teachings, beliefs, concerns and ancestral traditions… Collectively, these women share a common concern for our environment, the temptations that exist for the young today and the loss of their culture… Like 'Wisdomkeepers', co-written and photographed by Wall, 'Wisdom's Daughters' should not be missed.'
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'[The elders] talk openly about childbirth, the power of the moon, death and soul, medicine and healing, discrimination against American Indians, sex and the true meaning of life.'
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This is the first book in which spiritual leaders among Native American women portray in their own words their ancestral knowledge, philosophies and traditions. Steve Wall travelled across North America, visiting the Mohawk and the Hoh, the Chumash and the Seminole, the Tewa and the Ojibway, the Oneida and the Seneca, the Cowichan and the Northern Cheyenne. He talked at length with the women elders and their families as well as the members of their nations.

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Wisdom's Daughters' is a journey into the core of the lives and daily transforming events of Native America, through the voices and images of these women spiritual leaders and clan mothers who have been entrusted with handing down from generation to generation the wisdom of their peoples.

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