SPIRIT WOMAN is the diary of Bonita Wa Wa Calachaw Nunez, an American Indian woman who was a feminist, lecturer on Indian rights, spiritualist, and self-taught artist before her death in 1972 at age 84. SPIRIT WOMAN shares her memoirs of almost a century in the life of the American Indian people and of her own struggle as a woman, as a mother, as an Indian, as anarchist, as a genius, as a friend of the great, as a Spirit Woman. Adopted by a well-to-do New York woman at birth, Wa Wa Chaw, as she was known, grew up in the world of high society, amid parties of the Actors' and seances at the Vanderbilts'. A prodigy, she quickly exhibited literary and artistic talents; at the age of ten she addressed a convention on Women's Rights on the suffering of Indian Women's Rights on the sufferings of Indian women. AFter a frief, failed marriage, she became destitute, tried making a living selling "Indian Liniment," then found she could make more selling her own oil paintings. Wa Wa Chaw never forgot her Native American heritage. She often suffered humiliation as a "City Indian"; she was laughted at, insulted, arrested. From the first she took up the struggle for the human rights of Indians; her support of every Indian cause never lessened until the day of her death. Several of Wa Wa Chaw's compelling ink drawings and color paintings are reproduced in SPIRIT WOMAN. SPIRIT WOMAN stands as a moving witness to the struggles of Native Americans and woman, as a powerful slice of American social history, and as vindication of Bonita Wa Wa Calachaw Nunez, who said, "My SPirit lives wherever it goes. It lingers by the wayside. Nothing can stop it."
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Book Description Harpercollins, 1980. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110064519759
Book Description Harpercollins. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0064519759 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.1027209
Book Description Harpercollins, 1980. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0064519759