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 leader and advocate, she reinvigorated her constituency by empowering them to identify and solve community problems.This beautiful addition to the Big Words series will inspire future leaders to persevere in empathy and thoughtful problem solving, reaching beyond themselves to help those around them Moving prose by award winning author Doreen Rappaport is interwoven with Wilma s own words in this expertly researched biography, illustrated with warmth and vivacity by Linda Kukuk. Read Wilma's Way Home: The Life of Wilma Mankiller – heartforum.co.uk
Doreen Rappaport has written many books of fiction and nonfiction for young readers, specializing in thoroughly researched multicultural history, historical fiction, retellings of folktales and myths, and stories of those she calls the not yet celebrated Among her recent books is Martin s Big Words The Life of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr., illustrated by Bryan Collier, which received a Caldecott Honor Award and a Coretta Scott King Honor Award for illustration Doreen Rappaport divides her time between New York City and a rural village in upstate New York.
- 48 pages
- Wilma's Way Home: The Life of Wilma Mankiller
- Doreen Rappaport
- 17 December 2018 Doreen Rappaport