As a child in Oklahoma, Wilma Mankiller experienced the Cherokee practice of Gadugi, helping each other, even when times were hard for everyone. But in 1956, the federal government uprooted her family and moved them to California, wrenching them from their home, friends, and traditions. Separated from her community and everything she knew, Wilma felt utterly lost until she found refuge in the Indian Center in San Francisco. There, she worked to build and develop the local Native community and championed Native political activists. She took her two children to visit tribal communities in the state, and as she introduced them to the traditions of their heritage, she felt a longing for home.Returning to Oklahoma with her daughters, Wilma took part in Cherokee government. Despite many obstacles, from resistance to female leadership to a life-threatening accident, Wilma's courageous dedication to serving her people led to her election as the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation. As lea...
|Title||:||Wilma's Way Home: The Life of Wilma Mankiller|
|Number of Pages||:||48 pages|
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Wilma's Way Home: The Life of Wilma Mankiller Reviews
"Wilma and Charlie believed that the Cherokee people of Bell knew best what they needed to do to better their lives. For a year they met with them and listened to them map out what they should do first."
A woman of strength and purpose and devotion and warmth.
This short book about an amazing woman is one that should be included in school and library collections. Wilma Mankiller and her family faced very modern, very understandable problems in life, but they were combined with bad government policies and petty bigotry at all levels. She fought against those things, and for a better life for her family and not only the Cherokee, but all of the people in her home state of Oklahoma. From little things like providing running water to people who had never ...more