#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women

#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781554519576
Publisher: Annick Press, Limited
Publication date: 09/12/2017
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 85,123
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Lisa Charleyboy (Tsilhqot'in) is Editor-In-Chief of Urban Native Magazine, which focuses on pop culture with an Indigenous twist. She is also the host of CBC Radio’s New Fire. She lives in Vancouver.

Mary Beth Leatherdale writes, edits, and consults on books, magazines, and digital resources for children and youth.

Table of Contents


shawl of memory’s embrace

by Clear Wind Blows Over The Moon (Cree, Innu-Montagnais, Dene, Metis)

Section 1 – The Ties That Bind Us



by Linda Hogan (Chickasaw)


Blankets of Shame

by Maria Campbell (Metis)


two braids

Rosanna Deerchild (Cree)


Apsáalooke Feminist series

By Wendy Red Star (Crow)


Native American Women — The Original Feminists

By Nahanni Fontaine (Anishinaabe)


The Side Dancer’s Gift

Marika Echachis Swan (Tla-oqui-aht Nation)



by Leanne Simpson (Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg)


My Grandmother Sophia

By Saige Mukash (Cree)

Section 2 – It Could Have Been Me



By Natanya Ann Pulley (Navajo)


When Angels Speak of Love

Tanaya Winder (Southern Ute, Duckwater Shoshone, Pyramid Lake Palute


Nitewake:non “the place where I come from”

Melissa General (Mohawk/Oneida)


She is riding

Joanne Arnott (Metis)


On the Red Road

By Dana Claxton (Hunkpapa Lakota)


The Things We Taught Our Daughters

By Helen Knott (Dana Zaa /Cree)


Freedom in the Fog

By Zondra Roy (Cree/Dene/Metis)


It Could Have Been Me

By Patricia Stonefish (Lakota)

Section 3: I Am Not Your Princess


A Conversation with a Massage Therapist

By Francine Cunningham (Cree/ Metis)


The Invisible Indians

By Shelby Lisk (Mohawk from Tyendinaga)


Grey Owl

By Winona Linn (Meskwaki)


What’s there to take back?

Tiffany Midge (Standing Rock Sioux)


Stereotype This

Melanie Fey (Dine)



Pamela J. Peters (Navajo)


I Am the Only American Indian

By Cecelia Rose LaPointe (Ojibway/Metis)

Section 4: Pathfinders


When I have a Daughter

by Ntawnis Piapot (Piapot Cree Nation)


Defender of Mother Earth

Teen Activist Anna Lee Rain Yellowhammer





Elizabeth LaPensee (Metis)


Dr. Janet Smylie (Metis)


Living Their Dreams — Native American Athletes



Rebecca Thomas (Miq’mak)


Dear Past Self

Isabelle Rilispipe


Little Sister

Tasha Spillet


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#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
BookFidelity More than 1 year ago
This is truly a gorgeous collection of poetry, journal art, stories, and quotes from Native American women. There is much pain, and anger in the past and present for Native Americans as a whole entity - and even more so for Native American women. This book is a way for them to get some of that power back. Through their words, art, and history, these women are collecting what has been taken away from them. The imagery and the art shared with us in #NotYourPrincess is evidence of women refusing the cookie-cutter shape of the Pocahontas-tribal-princess trope in exchange of showing the reader who they really are. They are women who hurt, love, and are angry. There is much power in this book, and I encourage all people to read and appreciate the work and heart that went into its collection.
apageinthelife More than 1 year ago
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.* I found the stories and pictures in this book to be extremely relatable. The plight of Native Americans is very well illustrated. This book will be one I recommend for anyone looking for insight into the poor conditions on reservations and the lack of social support for Native Americans both inside of and outside of their reservations. I will definitely be looking into Lisa's other works.
CandidCeillie More than 1 year ago
I received an eARC of #NotYourPrincess from Netgalley, courtesy of Annick Press, in exchange for an honest review. This book is a hard read. I'm adding trigger warnings for mentions of rape, sexual assault, ethnic cleansing, erasure, alcoholism, and more that I'm sure I'm missing. This is a hard book to read, but it was so worth it, in my opinion. This anthology of poems, art and short stories are made by, about and for Native American women. Since I am not one, there is not a lot that I can discuss, content-wise in this collection. It would be way outside my lane. I will say that you may need to read this over a period of time, because as you can tell by my trigger warnings, it's heavy. However, it was beautiful. I loved all of the art in this anthology. I loved how this anthology was laid out. I loved the graphic design. I loved the balance between art and written inclusions. Honestly, there was nothing about this I didn't like! You can pick up a copy on Amazon or Indiebound and support these awesome women.
hermitlibrarian More than 1 year ago
A collection of art work and writing from Indigenous women, #Notyourprincess offers a look into the experiences of these women from different tribes: their hardships, their communities, their people. I liked the portraits that were included in this book. There is a variety of skill and every one had heart from the person behind the pen or the brush. The essays that were clear were evocative of the hardships the writer has been through and the strength they've found to continue on in their days. They also gave me, a white person, a better perspective on their circumstances. There's a difference between being told something in a majority white school about what happens to Indigenous people and hearing the stories from the people that went through them, whose ancestors did. There were poems throughout the book, but the formatting made it difficult to understand them. Lines were off-kilter, credit to the authors and titles were illegible, and even some of the essays had sentences that seemed to be spliced in from other works. It's this reason that I rated #Notyourprincess 3 stars when, if it were formatted properly, it might have garnered a higher rating. Not being able to decipher the words properly really brought down the experience. I think this is going to be an important work, once published in its final format with the errors cleared up. The stories will be more clear and when a wider audience reads them, they will be shared by the people that experience them, today and yesterday, and by those that need to understand what it still happening to Indigenous people. Pick this up, if you can, and hear the words from the mouths and pens of the people that wrote them. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.