#NotYourPrincess

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How appropriate is it for me to read this book on Thanksgiving? This includes writing, poetry, art from dozens of indigenous women. It’s really a beautiful book. But it is hard as it is beautiful. It’s about the erasure of indigenous peoples. By colonialization. By genocide. By cultural appropriation. By conflagration with pop culture. It’s about the difficulty of being an indigenous woman in this culture. Something I will never understand. I haven’t seen a definition of Patriarchy as simple as this: Patriarchy is quite simply the systematic oppression and regulation of women’s bodies, minds, and spirits. Patriarchy sets the markers and outlines the box of what...

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Creative and thought-provoking. Powerful read and long overdue. .
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#NotYourPrincess is another fabulous collection brought to us by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale. The magic of the book is that the many voices are seen and heard through a wide variety of formats with the design of the book framing the pieces beautifully. In most cases artwork compliments the texts and the words provide context for the artwork. There are images on nearly every spread and it’s a magnificent visual experience. The stories shared both visually and in text reveal what it means to these women to be Native. They share challenges, triumphs, losses, hopes, family ties and so much more. These are stories that acknowledge the pain of the past, but also point to...

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#NotYourPrincess is a beautiful collection of stories, poems, and artwork that honor and celebrate Indigenous women and their legacy. This collection tackles a lot of issues that indigenous women face- the shame that is forced on these women, the disrespect and dismissal of their history, and the legacy of pain inherited through generations. But we also see these women unburdening themselves - we see them reclaiming their rich history and begin the process of healing and renewing their sense of self. They challenge western beauty standards and the harmful Indian Maiden controlling images that erases their existence in the present, limiting their sociopolitical and economic power. Some of my...

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With #ownvoices and #weneeddiversebooks rising as major trends in the literary community, I’m starting to fill in the gaps. But I’ve been lax in reading enough about Native Americans and Indigenous Americans by Native Americans and Indigenous Americans. #NotYourPrincess is a fantastic collection of poetry, prose, and artwork written by and about Native American women and reclaims the conversation. It presents a perspective that many of us know embarrassingly little about. I loved that this book did not focus solely on the U.S. but instead embracing the many tribes and communities residing in Canada too. My one critique of this book is that I would have preferred a longer volume with...

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OK, hear me out. The e-arc has some issues – sentences, running into one another, non-clear formatting and complete mix-up of art and poems at times. BUT, formatting problems on the side, the book could be really eye opening to those of us who are willing to know more about the personal stories of the ingenious people(and women in particular) and the impact of the forced upon them “whiteness”. Let’s be real, only the survivors get to tell their story and for way too many years we’ve heard only the side of the oppressor. It is time to not only allow but to preach the stories of the oppressed, of the survivors of this genocide and this culture erasure. I am not here to tell you you...

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I received an ARC from Netgally in exchange for an honest review. This book is full of poetry, comics, essays, and stories written by Native American women, or if you prefer the more PC term Indigenous women of North America. I never was a fan of poetry so I was already going in with low expectations. That being said, this book was better that I thought it was going to be. It is not outstanding but it is not terrible either. There is a lot of knowledge filled on every page, and if anything you will come out with a better understanding of what these women went through. I give a solid 2/5 it was ok but I would not read it again nor recommend it.
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I love how stunning this book is and how everything draws your attention and captures it to the end, the writings are superb and the stories they each tell even more outstanding. This book is a wonderful book that gives a platform and voice for the Native women.
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With stories, poetry, and art, Indigenous women give voice to their anger and resilience in the face of prejudice and stereotypes. Highly recommended.
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This is a beautifully written book of poetry, essays and interviews contributed by Indigenous women and girls. Akin to #BlackGirlMagic, the women and girls in #Notyourprincess have decided that they no longer want to be portrayed as the stereotypical women. These women and girls are doctors, lawyers, inventor and protesters. They are strong, resilient and beautiful. But mostly they are survivors of genocide and abuse. The stories in this book give you a look into their world. The artwork added to assist in the telling of their stories was a wonderful bonus. Although I'm not a Indigenous woman, I felt a strong connection to every woman in the book. The author and the women in...

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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. (via...

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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...

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First thing is first, this book will be released today September 12th, 2017 and you should buy it and then read it immediately...don't add it to your growing TBR! READ IT NOW! So I usually summarize the synopsis in my own words, because sometimes I don't like the actual summary and other times it is just too wordy for my liking because I like more concise explanations. This time, I decided to just stick with what was written because I will be putting absolutely no words of my own in this book of thoughts. This sounds like an insult to other authors but it isn't, I just have no words that I prefer to the ones written in the synopsis. I read this book twice over and have goosebumps still!...

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Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is a compilation of short stories, poems, quotes, artworks and photographs by Native American Women. While there aren't a lot of stories in this book (this book is actually quite short and if all the empty pages were taken out I don't think there would be more than 80 pages or even less. At times I understood why there had to be an empty page, some of the artwork seems like it was designed to be spread across two pages, but this only works for a physical book, not really for the e-book I read.) those that are in there are really emotional and amazing. In this book Native American...

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#notyourprincess is an #ownvoices book by indigenous women for indigenous women. Filled with poems, short essays and artwork, I found it a very good beginning of a conversation about the particular trials that indigenous women face. For example, my favourite poem was 'The Things We Taught Our Daughters' which talked about generations of toxicity and abuse. The artwork was also of a consistently high calibre. I wish I knew more about art so I could talk about it properly, but unfortunately I don't. However, I say that this is the beginning of a conversation for a reason. I was quite disappointed that there weren't any essays that really went in-depth into any of the topics discussed...

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There is much to like about this book of collective poems, short stories, drawings, and prose in 104 pages. The editors: Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale wrote that the book is a love letter to young Indigenous women trying to find their way, but "also to help dispel those stereotypes so we can collectively move towards a brighter future for all." The themes are universal for women. There are many poetic and emotional passages. My favorites were Blankets of Shame, Dear Past Self and I am Hiding. Many of the illustrations are beautiful, as is the cover. The young woman, AnnaLee Rain Yellowhammer is 13 y.o and began the largest Native American protest in a century. She started...

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I really liked #notyourprincess, I want to read this book because my mom is always looking for aboriginal stories and books for her library and I would recommend this book for her if it was a bit age appropriate for her Elementary level library but for my high school library this would be a great book. I really enjoyed the boom and would love to read more stories like this.
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“We aren’t historic figures; we are modern women.” ** Trigger warning for allusions to violence against women, suicidal ideation, genocide, and racism and sexism. ** It’s strange to me how people always want me to be an “authentic Indian.” When I say I’m Haudenosaunee, they want me to look a certain way. Act a certain way. They’re disappointed when what they get is . . . just me. White-faced, red-haired. They spent hundreds of years trying to assimilate my ancestors, trying to create Indians who could blend in like me. But now they don’t want me either. I’m not Indian enough. They can’t make up their minds. They want buckskin and war paint, drumming, songs in languages they can’t...

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