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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Wall, who with Harvey Arden coauthored Wisdomkeepers , continues to explore Native American spirituality, this time focusing on women. First-person testimonies by 13 female spiritual leaders from various nations combine with photographs under Wall's breathless endorsement: "I realized I was at the deepest level of human discourse," he declares. Some interviewees are well-spoken and discuss specific aspects of ceremonial life. Others, however, make platitudinous or even glib remarks: "The reason AIDS is here is to show us how to love," a woman utters in one of many statements emphasized in outsized type. While these female elders are identified by nation and by locale, Wall provides so little biographical information and historical context that his subjects mainly seem to serve as New Age totems, expressing love for the land, decrying white influence and--in another large-type profundity--announcing that "we are not to judge." Photos not seen by PW.
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