She is known for her storytelling to address spirituality, family ties, her identity as a mixedblood and her connection to the landscape. Her work and portrait are featured in Tending the Fire: Native Voices and Portraits (University of New Mexico Press). Her work is also included in Children of the Dragonfly: Native American Voices on Child Custody and Education (The University of Arizona Press), The People Who Stayed: Southeastern Indian Writing After Removal (University of Oklahoma Press), Voices Confronting Pediatric Brain Tumors (Johns Hopkins University Press), Take A Stand: Art Against Hate (Raven Chronicles), Yellow Medicine Review: Women's Wisdom, Women's Strength and in numerous other books, anthologies and literary journals.
Photo by Chris Felver
Of Cherokee, Lenape, Seneca, German descent, Terra is the granddaughter of sharecroppers, with roots in Oklahoma, Colorado and California. She grew up in Compton, California in the 1950s and early '60s, and within a large extended family of cousins, grandparents and great-grandparents in a banjo and mixedblood fiddle tradition, rich with storytelling and music.
Now she is a grandmother. When she is not writing, she is wandering hills and valleys with grandkids and dogs. A devotee of soup making, long walks, sunrise, sunset and moonlight, she lives with her family near the Central California Coast and in the Santa Cruz Mountains.