I enjoyed this book. It takes a look at American Indians trying to adjust to the white mans ways. The clashes in character, beliefs, and heritage. The death of a tribe and its strong heritage. Looking through the eyes of a woman who must adjust to the changing world around her to survivie. This book is not easy to put down.
"POIGNANT STRUGGLE, HEARTBREAK, HUMOR, HOPELESSNESS, AND JOY...THIS IS NOT ONLY A WOMAN'S STORY--IT IS THE STORY OF THE DEATH OF A TRIBE. THE BIRTH OF THE MODERN RESERVATION INDIAN, TOLD THROUGH THE EYES OF A FIERCELY INDEPENDENT, INTELLIGENT WOMAN HEALER."
SHAMAN'S DAUGHTER--At twelve, Supaya climbed the mountain and had a vision, not knowing that it was the beginning of the end...that she was the last of her people to be thus blessed.
SHAMAN'S DAUGHTER--Three times a bride, Supaya's men came from three different worlds. But only one man could bring her the happiness she longed for.
SHAMAN'S DAUGHTER--Supaya watched her children abandon their sacred heritage. But she survived, returning to the old ways...seeking the one who could inherit her priceless gift of knowledge.
At age 12 Supaya had a vision not knowing that it was the beginning of the end...that she was the last of her people to be blessed with the visons. Three times a bride, Supaya's men came from three different worlds but only one could bring the happiness she longed for. She watched her children abandon their sacred heritage, but she survived, returnng the the old ways seeking one who could inherit her pricelss gift. The story of a woman and the death of a tribe, the birth of the modern reservation Indian told through the eyes of a woman healer. Good story. Lengthy.
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Excellent storytelling!, November 19, 2003
Reviewer: A reader
I happened to stumble upon this book while I was at the library about 6 years ago and I'm so thankful that I did. The story is amazing as it lets the reader know the story behind the words of a Native American woman who is living in the turn of the century. She struggles to balance in the world of her people while trying to exist in a world that will change who she is. Very well-written. I enjoyed it so much that I did not want to take the book back to the library after reading it over and over again.