Mankiller: A Chief and Her People

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In this spiritual, moving autobiography, Wilma Mankiller, former Chief of the Cherokee Nation and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, tells of her own history while also honoring and recounting the history of the Cherokees. Mankiller's life unfolds against the backdrop of the dawning of the American Indian civil rights struggle, and her book becomes a quest to reclaim and preserve the great Native American values that form the foundation of our nation. Now featuring a new Afterword to the 2000 ...

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Overview

In this spiritual, moving autobiography, Wilma Mankiller, former Chief of the Cherokee Nation and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, tells of her own history while also honoring and recounting the history of the Cherokees. Mankiller's life unfolds against the backdrop of the dawning of the American Indian civil rights struggle, and her book becomes a quest to reclaim and preserve the great Native American values that form the foundation of our nation. Now featuring a new Afterword to the 2000 paperback reissue, this edition of Mankiller completely updates the author's private and public life after 1994 and explores the recent political struggles of the Cherokee Nation.

In her compelling story, Mankiller describes both the triumphs and hardships of being the first female chief of a large tribe. She honors and recounts Cherokee history, including the historic Trail of Tears, and tells of her own family's relocation when she was only 10 years old. 32 pages of photos.

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"Autonomy is achieved, Mankiller teaches us, only when it happens simultaneously in the life of the individual and the life of a people."—Susan Faludi

"Here is a strong and well-told story of survival and it is told with honesty and eloquence."—N. Scott Momaday

"Public servants everywhere can learn something from Chief Wilma Mankiller's story."—Governor Ann Richards

"Chief Mankiller tells a story of a modern tribe that is carrying the Cherokee traditions into the future."—U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell

"Wilma Mankiller is someone I feel I've known in this lifetime and many lifetimes before. I recognize in her the greatest beauty, dignity, and truthfulness."—Alice Walker

"As one woman's journey, Mankiller opens the heart. As the history of a people, it informs the mind. Together, it teaches us that, as long as people like Wilma Mankiller carry the flame within them, centuries of ignorance and genocide cannot extinguish the human spirit."—Gloria Steinem

"[Wilma Mankiller] is a colorful, intelligent advocate for all of America's indigenous peoples."—The Boston Globe

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Wilma Mankiller has been the principal chief of the Cherokee Nation since 1985. She tells her personal story (her political awakening came during the 1970 occupation of Alcatraz Island), interwoven with the complex history of the Cherokee Nation. Includes photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312206628
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 193,546
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Wilma Mankiller was Chief of the Cherokee Nation for over ten years. She lives in Oklahoma.

Michael Wallis is an award-winning historian of the Old West and author of Route 66: The Mother Road.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2002

    Interesting woman, boring book

    I was disappointed by this. I was interested in Wilma Mankiller, but the book was tedious to read. I don't think she got her money's worth out of her co-writer, who goes on and on about names and dates in a pretty sterile way, but seems to gloss over signficant events in Wilma's Mankiller's life, such as I was left with more questions than clarity. This book does not seem to do her justice.

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