As a white female, I have always been cognizant of the fact that my gender has been woefully ignored in the recording of history. That is the primary motivation for creating the HerStory blog on womensvoicesmedia.org. When I began to prepare for commemorating Native American Heritage Month in November, I was blown away by an even greater disparity in the recording of the HerStory of our Native American Sisters.
I personally own several volumes of stories about women’s Herstory, all written in the past few decades, but found only one story in all of them about a Native American woman. I poured over other research material I have on women’s Herstory and managed to uncover the names of thirteen more women but with little biographical information about them. When I started to research these women online, I had to pour over multiple sources because most had only limited information about any of these women.
I cannot make up for this failure in the recording of American Herstory, but during this month and going forward into the future, I will attempt to rectify in some small part for this failure by our honoring many of our Native American sisters. Return to HerStory often. We all have a lot to learn together.
I live in the foothills of North Carolina. I have been to Cherokee and watched with joy the beautiful people of this proud tribe. They climbed up ropes and and did all kinds of acrobats that looked so scary, but all ended well. But like you, Maria Tallchief, I watched and listened to a college professor talk with passion about the cruelty towards the proud Native Americans. The infamous Trail of Tears. I couldn’t get this off of my mind, so I read what little I could find about these proud beautiful people. So I wrote a story about them. A children’s story with a happy ending. If you go onto my email page, my son, a computer engineer saved the story for me. If you can’t download it, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I think I have a copy of it. Hopefully you will like it.