I really wanted to love this one, especially after hearing about it from the author/editor in a webinar. Unfortunately, I found the format off-putting and could not really connect to any message or emotion from this collection. It feels very random, poorly arranged, and incomplete to me. There’s no flow between pages and submissions that makes any sort of sense to me, or conveys any sort of theme or emotion, which was disappointing.
I wanted it to feel rich, emotional, creative, and to leave me with some strong feelings and impressions about Native American Women. Instead, it fell flat for me, and I confess, I was glad when I reached the end. There’s just not enough depth here, and the format/presentation definitely leaves something to be desired.
I especially hate the quotes, which are printed with small words paired with enormously fat words (randomly selected in a way that doesn’t even feel meaningful), all on top of a background of more faded words. If you have any difficulty with reading or vision, that’s going to be a struggle for you. To me, it was not a struggle to read the words so much as it was a huge distraction that took away from the quotes having any impact of making any impression on me. It felt like a frustration to just read through the words, so I took very little meaning from the actual quotes and just read them like it was a chore that I had to complete.
Since I’m not a Native American Women, I can’t speak to how well this truly does or does not represent those voice. I can say that I’m uncertain what the messages are supposed to be, and there’s just a ton of context missing for me. It’s possible that without that context, I just don’t understand this work, which is sad, as I was so excited to read and experience this one.
I give it 3 stars in honor of those who contributed their art, words, photographs, and experiences for this volume, but my overall interest and enjoyment level is more at two stars. And if I were pointing to Native American representation and voices, I would probably search long and hard for other/ better options before recommending this one to others.