In 2008, a Center for Disease Control study found 39% of Native American women surveyed were the victims of intimate partner violence in their lifetime. This was the highest percent out of all races or ethnicities surveyed.
Two fictitious Cherokee women in Nicki Peet’s new book, “The Shaman’s Daughter” provide an empowering story of how Native American women can rise above in a society dominated by men. With one woman becoming the first female shaman of her nation and the other fighting for social justice, both women fight for their rights.
These two Cherokee women come from different centuries. After a North Carolina Christian church is forced to relocate its cemetery, the history of the first female shaman is discovered. Peet provides a link in history and how two women in pursuit of progress and change for their people can make a difference.
Peet’s story brings two groups with differing beliefs together through kindness and compassion in a journey through history and modern day progress.
“Women are powerful,” said Peet. “Knowledge is powerful. Individual women can make a big difference in the world.”