I'd be delighted if my new book, We Who Walk the Seven Ways is selected for your Readers Circle or Book Club. And I'd love to be invited for a visit on Zoom, FaceTime, or in person, and we can talk about my memoir. It doesn't need to be an official book club, just a gathering with a few friends.
We Who Walk the Seven Ways, is my story of seeking healing and finding belonging. After enduring a difficult loss, a circle of Native women elders embraced and guided me through the seven cycles of life in their Indigenous ways. Over three decades, these women lifted me from grief, instructed me in living, and showed me how to age from youth into beauty, a goal I continue to strive towards.
With tender honesty, I explore how the end is always a beginning. My reflections on the deep power of women’s friendship, 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.
—University of Nebraska Press
“Terra Trevor’s book is a gentle invitation to journey with her across decades, an invitation to notice with her as she seeks healing and finds belonging. There were phrases and sentences I underlined, places where I wept, passages that will remain with me as they drew me to insights I’d previously struggled to name. I closed the final pages and knew that in reading this book, I had been the recipient of a generous and much-needed gift. While I can certainly finish a book in a day, I chose to move slowly through this one, letting each idea, each paragraph, each reflection gently spill over me, allowing the pages to alter me in some way.”
—Patrice Gopo, author of Autumn Song: Essays on Absence
“In this personal history, Trevor considers what it has meant to navigate the world as a “mixed-blood” Native woman, whose light complexion belies her ancestors among the Cherokee, Lenape, and Seneca peoples. Born to a white mother and American Indian father in the early 1950s, Trevor delves into her relationship with her paternal grandparents and Auntie, who taught her about the heritage that felt more authentic than a white identity, as well as the elder Native women who welcomed her into their community and schooled her in the “seven ways” of being in tune with Native tradition. Moving back and forth across time, Trevor recounts the complexity of her relationships and experiences and how they were shaped by U.S. law and policies governing Native life and culture. Covering topics as diverse as race, religion and the craft of writing, Foreword Reviews calls We Who Walk the Seven Ways “a moving memoir about friendship and identity.”
We Who Walk the Seven Ways
University of Nebraska Press
Native Studies | Memoir | Spirituality