Grandma Says: Wake Up, World! The Wisdom, Wit, Advice, and Stories of ''Grandma Aggie'' (Legacy of the First Nation, Voices of a Generation Series)

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[Spoken by Taowhywee - Agnes Baker Pilgrim - the Oldest Living Member of the Takelma Tribe]

(Taowhywee) Agnes Baker Pilgrim, known to most as ''Grandma Aggie'', is in her nineties and is the oldest living member of the Takelma Tribe, one of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz. A descendant of both spiritual and political tribal leaders, Grandma Aggie travels tirelessly around the world to keep traditions alive, to help those in need, and to be a voice for the voiceless, helping everyone to remember to preserve our Earth for animals and each other in a spiritual environment. Considered an excellent speaker, she has mesmerized her audience wherever she appears, and now her wit, wisdom, memories, advice, stories and spirituality have been captured for all to hear.

Honored as a ''Living Cultural Legend'' by the Oregon Council of the Arts, Grandma Aggie here speaks about her childhood memories, about her tribe and her life as a child growing up in an area that often didn't allow Indians and dogs into many public places, as well as about such contemporary issues as bullying, teen suicide, drugs and alcohol, Pope Francis, President Obama, water conservation, climate change, and much more.

This is an amazing recording of one of the oldest and most important voices of the First Nation and of the world. Her stories and advice will mesmerize and captivate you, as well as provide a blueprint for how all the inhabitants of the earth can live together in harmony, spirituality, and peace.

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Agnes Emma Baker Pilgrim (Taowhywee) is a Native American spiritual elder from Grants Pass, Oregon. She is the oldest member of her tribe, the Takelma, and is the granddaughter of the first elected chief of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz. She was elected as the chairperson of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers at its founding in 2004. She has been honored as a ''Living Treasure'' by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz and as a ''Living Cultural Legend'' by the Oregon Council of the Arts.

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Gr 7 Up—Grandma Aggie, the oldest living member of the Takelma Tribe, one of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz, delivers her message with sass and candor. The content deals with many environmental issues, such as conserving water and not using lead in bullets. She shares stories of her childhood to encourage listeners to work hard, get an education, and stay away from drugs. Though the material is interesting and her delivery engaging, the book struggles with execution. Many stories are repeated, a few three or four times. And though Grandma Aggie touches on issues of bullying and suicide, her solution of going to the bully's parents to get them to show that child love and to stop any abuse hardly addresses the bullied. Many times she says depressed people need to change their way of thinking. Encouraging laughter and staying away from drugs are fine words of advice but may not be enough for youth feeling trapped by poverty and entrenched racism. With more editing and better direction, this may have had a bigger impact. VERDICT Recommended for libraries serving Native Americans and Oregon and Washington State for cultural references.—C.A. Fehmel, St. Louis County Library

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