Messengers of the Wind by Jane Katz
Native American Women Tell Their Life Stories

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"Messengers of the Wind goes beyond the autobiographies of everyday women. These are women who have long been an invisible part of American culture. Their stories are haunting, frightening, encouraging, and courageous. . . . Katz is a faithful guide."
--The Minnesota Daily
In Messengers of the Wind, Native American women, old and young, from a variety of tribal groups, speak with eloquence and passion about their experience on the land and in urban areas; about their work as artists, activists, and healers; as grandmothers, mothers, and daughters; as modern women with a link to the past. And as each woman, renowned and obscure, tells her remarkable personal story, it is clear that each has tapped into the power that comes from within and has reached back into a history that brings with it courage and hope.
" 'Giving energy to Mother Earth' -- Yes. That is our duty as women, as Natives, and as human beings. Messengers of the Wind is a way of doing just that. It is not a dance, feet patting our mother, but it is an offering, the voices of the women sent to comfort her. Thank-you, Jane Katz, for your offering. It is a special and much-needed gift."
--Paula Gunn Allen
Author of Voice of the Turtle
--The Cleveland Plain Dealer
"A RICH COLLECTION OF PERSONAL STORIES. . .REWARDING. . . These are powerful women with important stories to tell."
--Kirkus Reviews

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About Jane Katz

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A swimming instructor at the City University of New York for nearly forty years, Dr. JANE KATZ is a world master synchronized and competitive swimming champion. She is also on the board of directors for the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the author of Swimming for Total Fitness (Main Street, 1993). She lives in New York City.
Published June 24, 2009 by One World/Ballantine. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, History. Non-fiction

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Artist Emmi Whitehorse speaks of the key role women played in her family, claiming that they owned and ran everything, a fact that she tries to reflect in her art.

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These women, among the 25 Katz (I Am the Fire of Time: The Voices of Native American Women) introduces, are artists, craftswomen, teachers, healers and leaders who have made significant contributions to their tribes and to humanity.

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