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Spirit of Indian Women, The
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Price:  $14.95

ISBN:  0-941532-87-9
Book Size:  6" x 7.25"
# of Pages:  176
Language:  English



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What was the role of women in the world of nomadic American Indians in the 19th century? The Spirit of Indian Women provides a unique glimpse into a world that is almost inaccessible in our time. The Spirit of Indian Women follows the best-selling quotebook Indian Spirit in its approach, but is much more focused on women in Native American civilization. Through the combined power of photos, art, and the wisdom of traditional voices, modern readers can come to feel something of the timeless spirit of Indian women.

The Spirit of Indian Women is edited by Judith Fitzgerald and Michael Fitzgerald with an introduction by Janine Pease.

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  Gold Midwest Book Award for “Religion/Philosophy”  
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Detailed Description of The Spirit of Indian Women

What was the role of women in the world of nomadic American Indians in the 19th century? The Spirit of Indian Women provides a unique glimpse into a world that is almost inaccessible in our time. Readers can experience:

  • The sacredness of all aspects of American Indian life, and the essential part played in it by women

  • How various traditional Indian cultures viewed the role of women

  • The contributions of many Indian women to the religion, values, governance, education, and arts of their tribes
The Spirit of Indian Women is another addition to the Sacred Worlds series following the best-selling quotebook Indian Spirit in its approach, but is much more focused on women in Native American civilization. All centered on the role of women, the book features:
  • Quotes from traditional Indian chiefs

  • Re-telling of legends of different tribes

  • Observations of Indian writers who were brought up in the ancient ways

  • The actual words of many Native American women on their roles and the reality of being a woman in Indian societies

  • Powerful rare photos, many published here for the first time, that convey the “spirit” of these extraordinary women

  • Rich illustrations that make every page a work of art
Through the combined power of photos, art, and the wisdom of traditional voices, modern readers can come to feel something of the timeless spirit of Indian women.

The Spirit of Indian Women is edited by Judith Fitzgerald and Michael Fitzgerald with a introduction by Janine Pease.

  Gold Midwest Book Award for “Multicultural”  

  Gold Midwest Book Award for “Religion/Philosophy”  


About the Author(s)

Judith Fitzgerald

Judith Fitzgerald is a graduate of Indiana University and an artisan, calligrapher, and graphic designer. In 2004 Fitzgerald and her husband, Michael, published the first in an award-winning series of illustrated inspirational books on the world’s religions, called “Sacred Worlds.” The books in this series have received ten prestigious awards. Many of the photographs in this series and in her husband’s other books were taken by her during their travels to visit traditional cultures around the world.

The books that Judith Fitzgerald has edited, and designed, along with her husband Michael Fitzgerald are:

 

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Michael Fitzgerald

Michael Fitzgerald is an author, editor, and publisher of books on world religions, sacred art, tradition, culture, and philosophy. He has written and edited many publications on American Indian spirituality, including Yellowtail: Crow Medicine Man and Sun Dance Chief, and was adopted into Yellowtail's tribe and family. Fitzgerald has also taught university classes on religious traditions of North American Indians and lectured widely. His contributions to World Wisdom books and DVDs include:

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Janine Pease

Dr. Janine Pease is a renowned American Indian educator and advocate. Amongst other achievements, she was the founding president of the Little Big Horn College in Crow Agency Montana, a past president of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, a director of the American Indian College Fund, and was appointed by President Clinton to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education. She is currently the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Fort Peck Community College in Poplar, Montana. Janine Pease is a Crow and Hidatsa Indian, enrolled as a Crow.

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Reviews of The Spirit of Indian Women

The Spirit of Indian Women… is an act of reclamation as much as of spirituality: it reproduces precious and seldom-seen photographs of Native American women, most of them from the later 19th century. Their images are interwoven with oral accounts, songs, and other documents that offer priceless glimpses into the little-understood lives and experiences of America’s foremothers; Janine Pease’s brilliant introduction sets the Fitzgeralds’ anthology in a whole historical context. [World Wisdom’s] entries in the ‘Sacred Worlds’ series are delights to the eye and the mind, and The Spirit of Indian Women is a special treasure. Highly recommended.”
Library Journal



“One of the great callings of art is to excavate a lost part of our culture, and the Fitzgeralds answer this summons handsomely here in a compact exploration of Native American women’s spirituality. Focusing on the nomadic Plains tribes, the book pairs writings and oratory alongside stunning photographs, most of which have never been published before. The editors hold fast to those individuals who received their (oral) training from the ‘old timers,’ people who knew the pre-reservation way of life that honored women as the complementary, spiritual equals of their husbands. A section on the role of Indian women offers mostly male voices on that topic, while ‘Celestial Femininity’ preserves tribal tales that delve into divine femininity, and ‘Intercessors with the Sacred’ highlights traditional tribal stories that champion the sacred roles of women. In ‘Women’s Voices,’ happily encompassing half of the book, we read the exquisite thoughts and feelings of bygone women from a lost time in American history. In portrait after portrait, the souls of the women haunt the frontiers of the human spirit with a staunch beauty that is both refined and raw. The wisdom in these faces is alone well worth the price of the book.”
Publishers Weekly



The Spirit of Indian Women is a profoundly important book, because the voices of the life givers have always been too muted, in American Indian lore as in the rest of the world. Modern women should be inspired by these strong, quiet voices to regain control of the quality of life, which is now too much in the hands of vain glorious male fools.”
James Alexander Thom , author of Follow the River, The Long Knife, and The Red Heart



“Travel across time and cultures to listen to and observe beautiful mothers, grandmothers and matriarchs.… This book…beautifully explores the spirituality of Native American women.”
Green Bay Press-Gazette



The Spirit of Indian Women is a companion book to the best-selling Indian Spirit, a compilation of rare photographs accompanied by the eloquent and moving words of some of the wisest leaders ever to have lived on this continent. Judith and Michael Fitzgerald have been researching and writing about this culture for over thirty years. Their latest book offers readers the thoughts and words of extraordinary Indian women along with their intensely beautiful images and provides a glimpse into the sacred world of the nomadic American Indian women of the nineteenth century. It is an elegy for the women of this irreplaceable world, who were the perfect complement to the great chiefs and warriors.

“This book opens us to a world of honesty; generosity, self-mastery, courage in the face of adversity, nobility of soul, and of constant living awareness of the creator in creation. The photos and words are from a wide variety of tribes from the Great Plains, but the single message they express is clear: the olden-day Indians and their way of life were imbued with the presence of the Great Spirit. These photos and words combine to communicate that presence to us, but with immense grace and internal contradiction, and the dignity.”
The Monthly Aspectarian



“Packed with rare photos, this tiny tome celebrates 19th-century Indian women.”
UTNE (Understanding the next evolution) Magazine



“[In] this striking book…the Fitzgeralds combine vintage sepia photographs of Indian women with traditional stories, legends, and songs, ranging from the Cheyenne to the Kiowa to the Inuit.”
Chronogram Magazine



“Dr. Janine Pease appreciates what a gift The Spirit of Indian Women is to her own daughter and granddaughter, as well as all other American Indian women. The book, written by Judith Fitzgerald and Michael Fitzgerald and recently released by World Wisdom Publishing, is also a gift to non-Indians, presenting a unique and ignored perspective on the thoughts, hopes and roles of American Indian women from tribal nations across the United States.

“Dr. Pease, Rocky Mountain College vice president for American Indian Affairs, wrote the introduction. ‘This gift of voice and image allows us to travel across time and cultures, to listen to, and to observe these beautiful mothers, grandmothers, and matriarchs, all of them Indian women,’ she writes.

“The 156-page book is rich in the stories and lessons Indian women wanted to pass on to future generations. An example of the oral tradition, transmitted via songs and stories, is recorded from Otter Woman, of the Blackfeet, who tells the story of how Indians once harvested a bountiful crop of tobacco. The story is told, relating it to trapping beaver. When an Indian trapper’s wife runs off with a beaver, the trapper fears he has lost not only his wife, but the source of making a living.

“Instead, a group of beavers return with his wife, bestow tobacco seeds as a gift, present him a medicine bundle and instruct him about planting. The relationship between humans and wildlife, between wildlife and sustaining agriculture are interwoven, making it memorable.

“There are dozens of these kinds of stories. Susan Bordeaux Bettyloun, a Lakota, tells of the origin of the peace pipe. Buffalo Woman, a Hidatsa, explains how women were awarded beautiful broad beaded shawls. Pretty Shield, an Absaroke, describes how men and women courted, and how marriages were never allowed within the same clan, fending off the intermarriages that would have produced weak offspring.

“The stories are not limited to the Plains Indians. Stories and songs are culled from Indian women across the United States, including Hopi, Mandan, Zuni, Navajo, Pawnee and myriad others.

“The book is also rich is photographs of Indian women, many secured from a private collection and rarely seen before. Many have never been published.

“As Dr. Pease notes, despite the critical role they played in Indian society, Indian women are virtually ignored in history, even Indian history where the ‘invisible, silent status’ typically conveyed in history and literature ignores the significant role Indian women had.

‘American Indian women are virtually ignored by the historians,’ Dr. Pease writes. Instead the focus is on the men’s leadership, their warrior exploits, and their leadership.

The Spirit of Indian Women goes a long way to correcting that mistaken and degrading viewpoint.”
—Review from The Billings Outpost


Table of Contents for The Spirit of Indian Women

Preface
Introduction
The Role of Indian Women
Celestial Femininity
Intercessors with the Sacred
Women’s Voices
Index of Photographs
Index of Quotations
Index of Photographers
Biographical Notes


Selection from our Library about The Spirit of Indian Women
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This bibliography is intended to be a comprehensive list of auto-biographical writings of American Indian women who were born in the first half of the twentieth century. This bibliography was the primary basis for the text in the book The Spirit of Indian Women , co-edited by Judith and Michael Fitzgerald and published by World Wisdom in 2005, and expands and updates work originally done by Gretchen Bataille and Kathleen Mullen Sands.
Bibliography of American Indian Women Auto-biographiesThe Spirit of Indian WomenFitzgerald, Michael American Indian
Preface to The Spirit of Indian WomenThe Spirit of Indian WomenFitzgerald, MichaelFitzgerald, JudithAmerican Indian
Selections from The Spirit of Indian WomenThe Spirit of Indian WomenFitzgerald, MichaelFitzgerald, JudithAmerican Indian
Introduction to The Spirit of Indian WomenThe Spirit of Indian WomenPease, Janine American Indian
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