Indigenous Culture Reasserts Women’s Power Through Dance

Illustration by Fran Murphy

Illustration by Fran Murphy

Native American women and girls are two and a half times more likely to experience sexual violence compared to other races. The truth is, however, that it’s been open season on Native women and girls’ sexuality for the last 500 years.

For me, this is personal. My mother, and women of her generation, survived poverty, brutal men, sexual violence, and Indian boarding schools. While many of the Ojibwe women of my youth were bitter, quick-tempered creatures, their prickly exteriors camouflaged a capacity for deep love of family and culture and tenderness as soft as a mouse’s belly . . .

For the full article by Mary Annette Pember, follow the link below to yesmagazine.org.