Every Day Is a Good Day: Reflections by Contemporary Indigenous Women

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Twenty indigenous female leaders discuss modern issues facing their communities.

A rare and often intimate glimpse at the resilience and perseverance of Native Women who face each day positively and see the richness in their lives. In this unique collection, twenty indigenous female leaders—educators, healers, attorneys, artists, elders and activists—come together to discuss issues facing modern Native communities. Over a period of several years, Wilma Mankiller (1945-2010), first female chief of the Cherokee Nation, engaged Native women in conversation about spirituality, traditions, and culture, tribal governance, female role models, love, and community. Their common life experiences, patterns of thought, and shared values gave them freedom to be frank and open and a place of community from which to explore powerful influences on Native life.

Activist and author Wilma Mankiller spent most of her life in the rural community of Mankiller Flats, in Adair County, Oklahoma. Her lifetime of activism began in 1969, when she took part in the Native American occupation of Alcatraz Island. She became the first female principal chief of the Cherokee Nation in 1985, a position she held for ten years. Mankiller has been honored with many awards, including the US Presidential Medal of Freedom and honorary doctorate degrees from Yale University, Dartmouth College, and Smith College. She passed away 6 April 2010, at her home on the Mankiller family allotment.


Editor: Wilma Mankiller, with forewords by Louise Erdrich and Vine Deloria, Jr.

Binding Availability: Paperback

Published: 2011 (Memorial Edition)

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Various tribes