#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women

by Lisa Charleyboy (Editor)

Paperback, 2017




Annick Press (2017), Edition: Illustrated, 112 pages


"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, #Not Your Princess 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."--


(51 ratings; 4.3)

User reviews

LibraryThing member Salsabrarian
This stunning book will jolt Natives and non-Natives alike as to what an Indian female can be and can do. In-your-face photos and graphics, and determined prose blow every Indian stereotype out of the water. A must-see.
LibraryThing member Lindsay_W
The intergenerational trauma experienced by Canadian Indigenous women and girls, stemming from Canada’s colonial legacy, is exposed through compelling poems, stories and illustrations. Not your Princess is filled with the powerful voices of contemporary Indigenous women and girls courageously
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sharing their stories of growing up amid violence and abuse in a country that attempted to eradicate their culture. While the lack of a cultural identity is a reoccurring theme, for many of the contributors, the power and catharsis of sharing the truth of their experiences is a step towards “rematriating” – taking back the female Indigenous identity.
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LibraryThing member lydia1879
Lots of people received this as an ARC and the formatting was absolutely bizarre. To those people I say: find a copy of this, because the finished product is gorgeous.

This is a very feminist anthology of poems, art, photography, interviews and everything else by Native women, for young native
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women (or femmes, or boys, or however anyone identifies). It's split up into four sections: The Ties That Bind Us, It Could Have Been Me, I am Not Your Princess and Pathfinders.

I liked lots of different parts from lots of different sections but I loved Chief Lady Bird’s art, right beside Gwen Benaway’s poetry. Benaway is a trans Anishnaabe poet who writes about bodies and bodies of water and her poetry is easy to read despite how heavy the content can sometimes be. Chief Lady Bird is also Anishnaabe and I just love her use of bold, vivid colours. She works so much and produces so many beautiful pieces, check her art out on Twitter if you like. c:

This just felt like a really authentic, genuine collection and I'm so glad it exists.
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LibraryThing member widdersyns
The format left something to be desired, but the content was excellent. I only wish there was more of it in there!
LibraryThing member bookbrig
I loved several pieces of this, but it left me wanting more. I think it's probably a good fit for teen readers, because it's easy to jump around the book from poem to art to quote to design. I just wanted a little more background on the women who contributed, because the various pieces were so
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interesting but in some cases really brief. Will definitely bring on summer reading visits.
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LibraryThing member m_mozeleski
A collection of Native American printed media, including short essays, powerful poems, and art. 10/10

You must read this.
LibraryThing member readingbeader
I've been trying to expand the points of view in my high school library. I just want our small town kids to be aware that the world is a big place and there are so many, many amazing people out there. This book is filled with illustrations, poems, prose, photos, and comics from American Indian
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women remembering, and telling their stories.
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LibraryThing member LVStrongPuff
I feel everything in this book. I grew up around Native American women that told me stories about going to reservation schools and being taken from their homes. Stories about how they were forced to learn the "white" man's way. As a mother of a Native American daughter I feel this book. The
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pictures are amazing and the words are true. This is a great book for young girls to read whether Native American or not. There is hope in these stories and poems.
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LibraryThing member reader1009
teen/adult nonfiction, #ownvoices (indigenous cultures of North America).
The concept is good, I just don't care to read poetry/art/partial stories.
LibraryThing member jennybeast
This is a love letter to indigenous women from indigenous women, and it is a powerful statement. Trauma, hope, voices speaking out.


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Physical description

112 p.; 11 inches


1554519578 / 9781554519576
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