Carole Lindstrom (Anishinaabe/Métis, enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe)
Steph Littlebird (Grand Ronde Confederated Tribes)
Our ancestors say our hair is our memories, our source of strength and power, a celebration of our lives. Mom never had long hair—she was told it was too wild. Grandma couldn’t have long hair—hers was taken from her.
But one young girl can’t wait to grow her hair long: for herself, for her family, for her connection to her culture and the Earth, and to honor the strength and resilience of those who came before her.
This story is an empowering book about family history and recovering from generational trauma. The younger generation can help the family heal through the self-expression of growing long hair and reclaiming their identity. Today, when the younger generation listens to the stories of their grandparents, and learn about the obstacles they’ve endured with fortitude, they can take action. Then, the healing process can begin together.