"Strong Medicine" Speaks
AMY HILL HEARTH, a New York Times bestselling author whose honors include a George Foster Peabody Award, is an oral history specialist. She is the author, with the late Sadie and Bessie Delany, of HAVING OUR SAY: THE DELANY SISTERS' FIRST 100 YEARS, the 1993 oral history that is considered a classic of the genre.
Ms. Hearth has just completed "STRONG MEDICINE" SPEAKS: A NATIVE AMERICAN ELDER HAS HER SAY, an oral history of an 85 year old Native American woman who is the mother of a chief. The book, to be published in March 2008 by Atria/Simon & Schuster, is a rare look, from the inside, at contemporary Native American life as experienced by one tribe and, in particular, one important member of that tribe, a woman Elder named Strong Medicine. In the book, Strong Medicine tells of her ancestry, tracing it back to the first Native peoples to encounter Europeans in 1524, through the strife and bloodshed of America's early years, up to the twentieth century and her own lifetime, decades colored by oppression and terror, yet still lifted up by the strength of an enduring collective spirit.