Lela's First Moon is the story of a young native girl, and her rite of passage into womanhood. It reminds us how to live in harmony with each other, and all of creation. The illustrations were done by the author's daughters, aged 8 and 10 years and left to be colored by children reading the book.
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This book is dedicated to all women in the world: whether you are 8 or 80, may you know the wisdom, the power and the wonder of your bloods.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
There once lived a beautiful young native girl named Lela. Her mother Nassan, had died during childbirth, and Lela was found by a young boy who brought her to live with his tribe. They lived near the woods and river, and from a young age, Lela began to learn about the plants and animals. Lela lived with Mema, the Medicine woman of the tribe, and as she grew, she developed her natural abilities to learn the ways of healing. The women of the tribe taught the girls from a very young age, the ways of being female. They learned that their bodies were sacred, and followed the cycles of the moon. All of the women bled at the same time each month, at the dark of the moon. They would go to the Moon Lodge and bleed together, while the men and elders of the tribe, cared for the children. During the time the bleeding women were away, they did not have to worry about anything, for this was their time to retreat. It was a time of sharing stories and teachings. It was a time of learning to listen to their Inner Wisdom.
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