We Who Walk the Seven Ways: A Memoir

We Who Walk the Seven Ways: A Memoir

by Terra Trevor
We Who Walk the Seven Ways: A Memoir

We Who Walk the Seven Ways: A Memoir

by Terra Trevor


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We Who Walk the Seven Ways is Terra Trevor’s memoir about seeking healing and finding belonging. After she endured a difficult loss, a circle of Native women elders embraced and guided Trevor (Cherokee, Lenape, Seneca, and German) through the seven cycles of life in Indigenous ways. Over three decades, these women lifted her from grief, instructed her in living, and showed her how to age from youth into beauty.

With tender honesty, Trevor explores how every end is always a beginning. Her reflections on the deep power of women’s friendship, losing a child, reconciling complicated roots, and finding richness in every stage of life show that being an American Indian with a complex lineage is not about being part something, but about being part of something.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496235183
Publisher: Nebraska
Publication date: 05/01/2023
Pages: 230
Sales rank: 566,120
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Terra Trevor is a professional writer with forty years of experience. She is a contributor to fifteen books and is the author of numerous essays and articles. Her first memoir is Pushing Up the Sky: A Mother’s Story.

Table of Contents

Author’s Note

1. We Who Walk the Seven Ways

2. Marie

3. Ann

4. Irene

5. Mary Lou

6. Back in Those Days

7. Returning the Gift

8. The Seven Ways

9. The Way of This Daughter

10. Undocumented

11. Growing Up

12. Luke

13. Gary

14. Leaping into Womanhood

15. The Way of This Mother

16. Luke and New Mexico on My Mind

17. After the First Silent Week

18. Just Writing

19. Winter of Hope

20. The Red Ribbon Bridge

21. The Winter the Stars Fell

22. Words Facing West

23. My Years at the Shelter

24. The Winter It Came Back

25. With Nothing Ahead but Sky

26. Somewhere Southwest of the Middle

27. Coming Back to the World

28. Pushing Up the Sky

29. Growing Old in a Beautiful Way

30. Water Chores and Rituals

31. The Landscape Will Teach You Who You Are

32. Safekeeping

33. Reading, Living, and My Books

34. The Winter My Grandfather Apologized

35. River in the Blood

36. Back in Those Days in Oklahoma

37. My Mother

38. Ann, Wilma, Joy, and Me

39. My Relationship with Honesty

40. Searching for a Place to Stand

41. On the Way Home

42. The Indigenous Way of Comprehending

43. On the Medicine Trail

44. Tangled Thoughts

45. Winter Count

46. Forty-Five Winters

47. Dancing to Remember

48. Tomol Evening

49. Returning the Gift to the Sea

50. Gratitude

51. November

52. The Harvest Dinner

53. Winter of Distance


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