"Wisdom's Daughters: Conversations with Women Elders of Native America" by Steve Wall, Harvey Arden.
I had high hopes for this book but was sadly disappointed. I had hoped to find wisdom from the elders as they lead their people in the 21st century… how to integrate into a world growing in technological leaps and bounds while keeping their heritage alive.
Instead almost all the women interviewed lamented for “the good old days”, told stories of the old legends, and proclaimed their spiritual superiority. There were no ideas for advancement or ways to improve the lives they themselves admitted were depressing and toxic to the young people.
Perhaps Mr. Wall and I have a different definition of “wisdom”. Personally I don’t see doing the same thing over and over expecting different results as being very wise…
My collage represents what I see as being caught between the dreams of an idealized past and the possibilities of the future.